Are Fortnite skins the only creative outlet your kid experiments with lately?
What if they had the opportunity to work closely with a published author to create a new world and story of their own?
Friday Night Writes is the 5-week virtual classroom and community your middle schooler needs to get them excited about writing their first epic short story.
Tell me if this sounds familiar...
your kid loves to read, hates to write…
or loves to talk about story ideas, but never writes a word down…
maybe they’ll humor you and write a full page, but it’s obviously rushed, Incoherent and dude, did he just Plagiarize Harry Potter?
I don’t have to preach to you about all the benefits your kids get from reading, but do you have any idea how important the skill of creative writing is?
Creative writing encourages children to use their imaginations: explore their ideas, thoughts, feelings.
Creative Writing develops self-confidence and identity.
Creative writing teaches children about empathy.
Creative writing develops reading, writing and language skills.
Okay, great, you agree creative writing is important. But, now what?
Because, you’re overwhelmed with all the writing curriculum choices out there.
And you’re confused by which one to use.
You feel like making the wrong choice now might forever ruin your child’s chances of learning to write with confidence, right?
I have awesome news…
Friday Night Writes is the solution that checks all the boxes:
It’s a perfect beginner course to get your child writing from Day One by quickly allowing them to gain confidence in their writing skills, while having fun and meeting fellow young writers.
The course is compact, yet, robust and covers all the basics of drafting a fictional story, with a focus on the creation process
It’s fun, because your child has the freedom to choose the topic + genre they want to write!
It’s easy to sign up - click a button to register.
It’s easy to attend from the comfort of home - once a week, click the link to our live + interactive online workshops, every Friday in March
Your child will have time to write and get instant feedback on their progress - no waiting for comments from the instructor - AND no frustrating tutorials that YOU need to learn in order to edit, proofread or grade their writing.
You’re not in this alone! Get answers + additional support through virtual office hours + unlimited email contact.
It’s taught by a published writer (who is also a mom), who inspires middle schoolers with the unconventional methods of how real writers approach their projects.
hi there, I’m Mary Jo
I’m a writing teacher and coach for kids 10-14 years old.
Let me help your young writer become the next J.K. Rowling!
What’s included in Friday Night Writes?
(5) two-hour live online workshops including: lessons, games, writing time, workshop time for sharing, and Q+ A time
fiction writing lessons: from idea stage, through first completed draft (agenda, below)
fillable worksheets + planning pages + additional resources
interactive exercises with other young writers
professional writer’s secrets to success
work @home assignments to keep the writing momentum going between Friday sessions
unlimited email support over the duration of the course
weekly live “office hours” on Facebook to chat with me about the lessons or anything writing-related!
a built-in community of young writers where your child will learn the power of sharing their work and the art of critiquing others, all inspiring growth in their own writing confidence
register before monday, february 25, 2019 to receive the following>>
a private 60 minute 1:1 phone call for you, the parent, your child, and me to discuss your child’s growth during Friday Night Writes and discuss a plan for what to focus on next = VALUE $60.00
A free copy of my ebook “30 Story Prompts: guaranteed to Motivate + Excite Your Child to Want to Write” = Value $12.95
friday night writes program with bonuses>>
now On Sale for $147
So what will we cover in our 5 weeks together in Friday Night Writes?
Week 1 Focus: story idea generators
-practice three different methods to generate story ideas
-tapping in to our personal “Love List” + “Inspiration List”
-decide on project type and length
-work@home: Stories I need to Tell + Viewing the World as a Writer
Week 2 Focus: Character + Motivation + Conflict
-character creation: their goals + motivations vs. their fears + weaknesses
-discuss character growth from beginning to end of story
-elements needed for a story: do you have the right recipe?
-write@home: Character Questionnaire + Name Poem
Week 3 Focus: Plot + Structure
-organize scenes + writing out of order
-determining the end + using reverse engineering
-reviewing the arc: is the goal strong enough? are the stakes big enough?
-write@home: finish plotting, begin writing + Story Outline Worksheet
Week 4 Focus: Setting + Mood
-when + where the story takes place
-how setting impacts the mood of the story
-using our 5 senses to create mood
-write@home: finish first draft + utilize Setting + Mood worksheet
Week 5 Focus: Pacing + Titles
-how time moves in your story (the story takes place over what length of time: days, weeks, years?)
- the doorway into the story, finding the best lure of the right title
-sharing + feedback time
-write@home: work on suggested edits + email your story for possible publication on my site!!
Hey young writers!
Who wants to hang out with me on Friday? I’m Mary Jo Campbell, Writer - Teacher - Ambassador of Sass, and supporter of young writers everywhere!
10 years ago when my own child came home from school in tears with a crumpled story in hand, my heart broke and I knew I had to take action.
Writing creatively is an important form of expression and I believe giving kids the freedom to choose their own story topics is one step towards building confident, competent writers.
I’ve been successfully teaching writing workshops for middle schoolers for the last 10 + years. I’ve taught classroom teachers my tricks, as well as full classrooms of kids in grades Kindergarten - 8th, during my writers-in-residence.
My own writing has been published in newspapers, magazines, e-zines, blogs and on Medium. I once won $500 for writing a flash fiction piece that was only 100 words long.
I’m starting a Writing Revolution + aim to inspire young writers to find their inner voice and shout it to the world.
Come learn with me!