In this course, students will dip their toes into the world of publishing. Participants will write and polish four poems and one short story or piece of creative non-fiction. They will assemble their work into a portfolio and publish it in a stylish, professional manner in the form of a print or digital chapbook. (View examples of chapbooks here.) Students will be given a background on the history of chapbooks as well as training in InDesign software and lots of support through the writing and revision process.
Students will leave this course with pieces ready for submission in the following competitions. These competitions were picked for their relevancy and due dates.
Teacher E — Famous Writing Teacher
- She is an English writing teacher and writer. She has more than 5 years of writing teaching experience. She has served as a college writing teacher at the University of Texas at Austin, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Bard College, and other top universities in the United States;
- She has published poetry collections and literary works in partnership with many publishing houses. Her personal works have also been published in “Drawstring” magazine, Factory Hollow Press, etc.,
- She holds a master’s degree in writing and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
After completing the course, students are expected to reach the following goals:
- Submit to several writing contests
- Completing writing pieces:
- Four+ Poems
- One Short Story or Piece of Short, Narrative Non-Fiction
- A chapbook compiling all of this material in to a stylish portfolio
- Author Bio
In addition to harvesting their own writing collection, students will also submit the following competitions under the guidance of the teacher:
Short story contest:
Scholastic competition National Academic Writing and Art Award-Short Story Category
Introduction to the course:
What is a Chapbook?
Lecture, Slides, Examples (including detailed history)
Trends in Contemporary Poetry: Reading Aloud
Students are often exposed to hundred-year-old poetry in traditional English classes, this part of the lecture will familiarize students with more contemporary poetry that is more relatable, inspiring, and that can teach valuable writing skills
Introduction to Contemporary Poetry: Part 1
Introduction to Contemporary Poetry: Part 2
Poetry revision activity: Poetry revision worksheet + group seminar
Chapbook design seminar: example, design software introduction + question time, writing artist bio
Introduction to the Short Story: A journey not taken
Questions about chapbook design, quick screen share workshop
Short Stories: Plot & Theme
Short Story Writing Workshop II
Short Story Revision Activities
End of Class Activities:
1:1 Instruction between student and teacher in a pre-arranged class. We will concentrate on 1 – 2 of the student pieces in greater detail. This class will be an hour-long
Grades 6-9, students who have a certain foundation in English writing, want to have their own writing portfolio and participate in writing competitions
After each class, the teacher will send course feedback, including course topics, homework and student progress.
15 hours of classes, including 6 hours of group classes (90 minutes/class/week), and 6 hours of one-on-one classes (60 minutes/class, scheduled after group sessions are completed)