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Fiction Writing for Elementary and Middle School Students

With the guidance of his or her tutor, your child will practice fundamental elements of story writing, including voice, character, dialogue, setting, and conflict. The tutor will introduce the student to classic and contemporary stories that may inspire your child’s own creations and will offer encouragement and feedback on work in progress.

The goals of our fiction program are threefold:

  1. Build the student’s core writing skills.
  2. Acquaint the student with a range of styles and techniques in fiction.
  3. Draft and revise stories that can be submitted for publication or as part of an admissions portfolio.

Our writing courses are ideally suited for enrichment, either as extracurricular activities during the school year or as a way to keep students intellectually engaged during the long break from school. A typical fiction program involves one, 60-90 minute session per week, with writing and reading assignments for the student to complete independently and discuss at the following session. In addition to short exercises targeting different elements of craft, the student will draft (and extensively revise) 2-4 short stories.

If advanced students are interested in publishing their stories, our tutors can guide them to appropriate venues (print and online journals, school magazines, local newspapers) and help them compose submission cover letters.

Our Short Fiction Instructors:
Our team of short fiction writing instructors includes the tutors below. Click on the instructor’s short profile to access his or her full profile:

Danielle M., M.F.A.
Danielle M., M.F.A.
Education

Emerson College, MFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing
Georgetown University, BA in Psychology
Phillips Academy, Andover


Summary of Experience

Currently a member of the English faculty at Lawrence Academy, Danielle also works with the Academy's College Office, assisting students with the college-essay writing process. She has also taught at Andover's summer school, where she instructed students in the rigorous MS² program and edited the program's alumni magazine. Before becoming a teacher, Danielle worked as a writer and journalist for The Boston Phoenix.

Katrina G.-S., M.A.
Katrina G.-S., M.A.
Education

Boston University, MA, Earhart Fellow in Journalism & Sociology
Boston College, BA in Theater Arts


Summary of Experience

Katrina’s travel essays have been published by NPR, National Geographic, The Christian Science Monitor, and CNN-go, among others. Her children’s book, Ma, The Search for Silence, is forthcoming from Little, Brown, and Company in 2013. She taught writing at the prestigious Kikokushijo Academy in Tokyo, where she was also a TV Journalist and Producer for NHK- World, and for Atraves in Nicaragua.

Ursula D., Ph.D.
Ursula D., Ph.D.
Education

Oxford University, PhD in Modern History
Harvard University, BA in History and Literature (Honors)
Phillips Academy, Andover


Summary of Experience

Ursula is a writer and historian who is currently a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Science Department at Harvard University. Her first book, on nineteenth-century physicist John Tyndall, was released in March 2011. She has also taught an undergraduate history course at Oxford and worked as a teacher and tutor at the Marymount School of New York for two years.

Anindita S., M.F.A.
Anindita S., M.F.A.
Education

Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults
Boston University, MA in English, Creative Writing Program (Poetry)
MIT, SM in Media Arts and Science, Future of Learning Group
Wellesley College, BA in English and Computer Science (Honors)


Summary of Experience

A co-founder of TheWritingFaculty, Anindita has worked extensively with students in middle school through graduate school on academic writing and admission essays. She was a founding faculty member at a charter school in Cambridge, MA, where she taught middle school Humanities in a mixed-grade, inclusive classroom. She also taught undergraduate creative writing at Boston University.

Marisa H., M.F.A.
Marisa H., M.F.A.
Education

University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, MFA in Fiction Writing
Fulbright Fellow in Creative Writing to India
University of California, Berkeley, BA in English and Interdisciplinary Studies Field, Phi Beta Kappa


Summary of Experience

As a teacher, tutor, and workshop leader, Marisa's students have ranged from struggling writers to M.F.A. candidates. She has taught at universities including Stanford and U.C. Berkeley in composition, nonfiction, poetry, and fiction. Her memoir Loyal to the Sky (2007) won the Nautilus Gold Award for World-Changing Books. In 2010, she received a Fulbright fellowship in Creative Writing.

Hannah G., M.F.A.
Hannah G., M.F.A.
Education

University of Houston, M.F.A in Creative Writing/Poetry
University of Aix-Marseilles III
University of Tennessee, B.A in French and Humanities (International Studies)


Summary of Experience

Hannah currently teaches English at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside to traditional and non-traditional students. Her courses comprise literature, composition, and creative writing. Hannah is the poetry editor for CATCH UP, a nationally distributed journal of literature and graphic art. Her first collection of poetry, Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast, will be published this fall.

Katie B., M.F.A.
Katie B., M.F.A.
Education

Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults
Tufts University, MA in Teaching
Brown University, BA in Education Studies, magna cum laude
Phillips Academy, Andover


Summary of Experience

Katie has extensive experience as both a writer and educator. She taught high school English for several years and was a founding faculty member of a charter school. As Features Editor of the internationally distributed Teen Voices magazine, she worked with teen writers and their mentors. An award-winning novelist, Katie is also a communications expert in the nonprofit and educational sectors.


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