Each Wordsmiths class is divided into vocabulary exercises, lecture, group exercises and games, and short writing projects. Every month, we focus on a different type of writing. Below is a sample syllabus and a selection of class assignments.
September 29: First Day of Class
October: Descriptive Writing and Short Stories
Sample Exercise from October 6: Taste, sight, smell, touch, sounds. As a group, we’ll discuss sitting in different locations and surroundings. (In a classroom at school, sitting on your front porch, in a swimming pool, beach.) Close your eyes and think of what you see and feel, etc. How can you make someone feel like they’re there with you?
Exercise 1: Pick a good spot outside and write a paragraph of description.
November: Personal Essays
February: Historical Fiction
March: Fantasy and Playwriting
April: Revise our favorite stories and make selections for the class magazine