Skip to main content

Summer Writing Coach Opportunity


 
A six week long writing one-on-one coaching to help middle school students "Build Strong Stories."

How it works: I will coach mostly through e-mail, but can tailor other methods such as phone calls and Skype as the student needs and circumstances allow.

Who: Kids ages 12 to 14

What we'll be doing: Together, we will learn how to build stories from their basements to their unique interior decorating. Using the theme "Building Strong Stories," I will personalize my coaching to best teach the foundational elements of storytelling such as point of view, plot, and the concept of showing vs. telling, but we will also spend time exploring the individual style elements of writing that will differ from writer to writer.

When: June 22nd - Aug. 1st

What makes my coaching unique:

  •  It's not a class. I'm not a teacher figure. Because I'm seventeen years old, I am close enough to the student's age that I can understand them, their life, and their writing. But, I'm experienced enough to bring the knowledge that can help the kids grow stronger in their writing.  
  •  We won't be working on a full length novel. Instead, we will practice different short stories and prompts to get comfortable with the elements that build a strong story. Creating a good instinct is better to learn first than writing a single, long story.
  • I will encourage the student to find what they love, write what they're good at, and find a style that makes them unique as a writer. I'm not here to lay out a list of concrete rules for writing a story. My coaching focuses on the guidelines that build a strong story.
  • One-on-one attention allows me to help the student the best way I know how, adapting as I feel that the student needs.

About me: Teaching and writing are two of my great loves. My poetry as been published in Encounter--the magazine, and most recently, a flash fiction piece of mine found a home in the magazine, Splickety Havok. Outside of my own writing, I developed and taught a full year Creative Writing curriculum to two homeschool students. I love to teach by example, showing my own work, my own mistakes, and my own journey as an author.

Cost: $300 total for the six week arrangement.

     If you are interested in a summer writing coach or if you have any questions, contact me below.
 




~ Alyson

 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

How to Create a Fact Manual for a Book Series {Peek into My Next Story}

I started my current story, Ideal Lies, last year, and this time, I decided to make it a trilogy. This story is a mix between dystopian and utopian.


I Missed the Only Year of My Life When I Could Sing, "I am sixteen going on seventeen."

Sound of Music has been my favorite movie since I was in kindergarten. My second favorite scenes was the invasion of the Nazi's. Don't ask why? I guess it was foreshadowing to my future history major. My favorite scene is when Liesl sings, "I am sixteen going on seventeen." 
     For years, I waited until I turned sixteen so I could sing that song. I didn't care that the two characters were falling in love. I just wanted to sing the lines, "I am sixteen," with accuracy. 
     Well, today I am seventeen. In the past year, I never got the chance to watch Sound of Music and sing along. This kind of made me sad . . . 
     Until I think back to all the times my sister, MK, sang the songs from The Sound of Music with beauty and grace. She fell in love with the movie just like had, and she doesn't care that she's not sixteen. She just loves music and singing. Listening to her was better than fulfilling a childhood dream.
     MK and my family make my…

10 Weird Things Writers Do ... And Are Perfectly Okay