Creative Composition 1: Beginning Writing

From: $79.00 / month for 8 months

Grades:  4th–7th

Live Class:  Wed 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET

Dates:  Aug 26, 2024–May 9, 2025

Prepaid:  $549

Instructor:  Kristen Roy

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Course Description

This 32 week, live online creative writing class for elementary and middle school students is based on Debra Bell’s Writers in Residence, Volume 1, with the religious content removed. Beginning writers learn to “keep their readers reading!” That’s the number one goal of writing. Through creative, low-stress, personally meaningful writing assignments, students will discover and develop their own voices on paper, while engaging their readers from beginning to end.

Based on Debra Bell’s curriculum, Writers in Residence Volume 1, Apprentice, students learn to build strong, descriptive sentences and clear, focused paragraphs, constructing them into interesting and informative 5-paragraph essays and fantastical short stories. The variety of writing assignments and genres are what make this course so rewarding for the students. They can start this course never having written more than a paragraph and will finish this course having written creative stories, an essay, and biographies.

Course Structure

Our weekly online class meetings will serve as a writers’ group, where budding writers will learn and grow in their writing skills through lively group discussions, virtual skill-builders, and thematic games. Our writers’ group meetings also develop students’ presentation and public speaking skills, as writers are encouraged (never forced) to share their work with one another in this positive, encouraging, and safe environment.

Assignments are posted weekly on our course page, with daily reading/writing homework given (approximate homework time is 30-45 minutes per day). A weekly writing assignment is due the day before our next class meeting.

Homework is given each week after class, with assignments to be turned in the evening before the next class. Students can expect feedback on their work by Friday evening, the week it is turned in (Monday, for larger assignments). Final grades are based on class participation, weekly homework assignments, and major projects. I will send out a mid-year evaluation and end of year evaluation with additional parent communication as needed.

A highly recommended but optional add-on to this class has been created to assist students with writing, grammar, and vocabulary skills. To participate in this extra learning opportunity, students need to register separately. See Language Arts Lab CC1 for details and to register.

Who should enroll?

This class is geared towards middle school and junior high students, struggling writers, or older writers with little to no formal writing instruction/training. It is a perfect fit for creative and/or artistic students, or students who have previously struggled with a strictly formulaic writing program.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

Students will receive specific feedback on their work the Friday following each class meeting. While students will not receive letter grades for their writing assignments, each weekly assignment is marked as complete or incomplete, and given a numbered score provided on a reviewer’s rubric for each final draft of projects for your records. Parents can elect for their student to receive a letter grade or certificate of achievement at the end of the course.

As your student’s writing coach, I will provide individualized instruction and guidance, as well as targeted feedback on each stage of the writing assignments to ensure that assignments are completed to mastery for each student’s individual skill level. Emphasis on all writing will be on the strengths and weaknesses of each student’s work, encouraging personal progress and growth, with the final result being a strong writing portfolio which demonstrates excellent composition achievement for the year.


I will confirm registration with parents and provide a welcome email. All parents are welcome to join us in Canvas as observers and I will respond to parents promptly via email or Canvas message.

Required Texts

All course content will be provided by the instructor. If you want to purchase a full copy, please see the details below.

  • Writers in Residence, Volume 1, Apprentice (All-in-One Student Text and Workbook) by Debra Bell, ISBN 978-1-1940110-30-1
  • Writers in Residence, Volume 1, Answer Key by Debra Bell  

2 reviews for Creative Composition 1: Beginning Writing

  1. Mrs. Pindak

    March 6, 2020
    Mrs. Roy was able to teach my son how to improve his writing style and build his confidence as a story teller. We loved her teaching style, and constant encouragement to persevere in his writing. She works incredibly with kids of all ages & is passionate about teaching.

  2. Linda Kidder

    March 5, 2020

    Our daughter specifically learned valuable skills in writing her first research paper, including how to identify credible sources and proper citation. She also had the opportunity to experiment in writing fantasy for the first time, which was a brand new genre for her.

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Instructor Bio

Kristen Roy

Kristen is a Colorado native.  She earned her teaching degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Northern Colorado.  Kristen has been a homeschooling mom for over 16 years and is now a proud grandma as well. She has enjoyed teaching in both public and private school settings. For the last decade she has been teaching at her homeschool co-op and has been teaching online since 2019 and loves helping students grow in their natural abilities to write. Teaching students how to analyze literature and poetry as well as create their own poetry, research papers, essays, short stories and analytical papers is one of her passions. She also enjoys riding bikes, meeting with friends and having family gatherings! Contact: kroy[at]

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