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LitWits Writing Practice (Ages 10-13)

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Every other week we’ll be studying masters' excerpts, then doing our best to do what they did, with our own creative twist.

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This writing class meets biweekly for eight online sessions per semester--see the schedule below.

ANALYSIS: Every time we meet, we’ll read a fabulous excerpt by a famous author. Then we’ll break it down and discuss every significant word, phrase, and sentence. Our conversations will cover all sorts of writing craft and language arts points:

  • tone
  • mood
  • vocabulary definitions
  • nuances of meaning
  • sentence construction and variation
  • specific word choices
  • stage-setting / suspense-building
  • grammar rules / conscious rule-breaking
  • and no doubt more—it all depends on the excerpt!

These are dry-sounding things, we know, but exploring an excerpt to this depth is actually fun. It’s an expedition inside a writer’s mind, a process full of “aha!” moments. And the treasures to be found include style, substance, and the ability to self-express.

COPYWRITING: Once we’ve done this appreciative close-reading, we’ll copy the excerpt over. (We’re big believers in copywork, which physically and mentally develops the connection between well-written words and writing well. Here’s more on that.)

EMULATION: After copying the excerpt, we’ll brainstorm some twists and inversions of that piece. Once we’ve brainstormed as a class, we’ll practice creative revision and editing skills: each student will rewrite his/her own unique version of the piece. Every student’s content will be creative and original, but s/he’ll emulate the style, syntax, mood, and tone of the original.Those who want to share out loud will have the chance to do so. It’s so inspiring to hear how someone else re-visioned a famous author’s work!There won’t be any homework, just enthusiastic encouragement to continue this practice on their own, even if they just rework a single eye-catching sentence. So don’t worry about this class being “too much” on top of other writing classes your child might be taking.


Dates: January 13 & 27, February 10 & 24, March 10 & 24, April 7 & 21 (Wednesdays)

Times: You'll have your choice of AM (10:00-11:30) or PM (10-11:30). There's no difference between the two sessions.

Ages: 10-13. All ages will be learning the same wonderful things, but writing at their own level. Socially and academically mature 9-year-olds are welcome. As long as your child can physically write—that is, form letters by hand (or if necessary, keyboard), s/he’ll do just fine.

Cost: The cost for the first child is $200; the price for each additional sibling is $175.

Cancellation policy: We can offer refunds only for orders cancelled 30 days prior to the workshop.

More LitWitty Learning

Please check out our immersive literature workshops for ages 7-12! Our sensory, creative experiences of great books inspire kids to read more. And yes, they're live online!

(Once we've taught a workshop, we'll put a recorded version online.That way your kids can attend whenever they like, and pause for as long as they need, for a much lower price.)

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