Writing is about telling a story. What is your story? What story would you like to share with the world? Using our imaginations and personal experiences, we explore the world of creative writing through a series of exercises that help you grow. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the writing process, whether it’s a special concept you’ve always had or a personal experience you would like to explore, this class allows us to learn what it means to be a dynamic storyteller. We also read passages from published material, so we can learn from the great writers of our time. We discuss what you love about writing and what you look for in a compelling story. You not only learn tools to become a better writer, but you also learn how to have fun during the process.

1.5 hr, Wednesdays, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
$448

Master the basics of word use, sentence structure, and punctuation utilizing the exercises in the brilliant Grammar textbook The Least You Should Know About English.  We will use the simple approach offered in this workbook to strengthen students’ writing skills in preparation for college essay writing and beyond. All of the foundational knowledge required for college-ready writing will be briefly covered in this year long course. It may sound intimidating, but we will break down the rules of grammar and writing into easily digestible lessons that will gradually build a foundation of skills that will leave the students wondering why so many people struggle with punctuation and grammar when it is really quite simple.

1 hr, Fridays, 10:00am - 11:00am
$320

Utilizing the whimsical and often hilarious workbook DownWrite Funny, students undertake a wide range of lessons and activities that help them become better writers. The topics we cover range from the basic (like avoiding sentence fragments and run-ons) to the more advanced (like writing in an active voice). All activities include challenging and funny writing assignments that stretch students’ minds and teach them important writing skills.

1 hr, Wednesdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm
$320

In this weekly class we use literature written in English to explore the timely theme of human migration. We read and discuss the gripping novel The Open Road, about a young teen fleeing Guatemala for the US, as an example of how and why and how people choose to leave their countries of origin, and what happens to them on the way. We also begin learning how to analyze work from a literary perspective.

1 hr, Mondays, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
$320

This is a special class designed to demystify Shakespeare’s language and make his words come to life. We have fun! The class is open to anyone and no prior knowledge of Shakespeare is necessary.

The class is an introduction to my approach in making Shakespeare accessible and enjoyable to all students. It involves reading, writing, watching films, discussion, and analysis of the language. We explore Shakespeare’s poetry so that it's understandable, relatable, and exciting. We also work on textual analysis, literary devices, Shakespeare in modern times, and how to connect to the material with passion. Students should bring the complete works of William Shakespeare or have access to it online.

1.5 hr, Mondays, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
$448