I teach a monthly class at the local library for young writers. 4th - 8th graders have been coming to learn about writing since January of last year. I’m starting to run out of things to teach. I get new kids all the time, but some of them have been coming since the beginning.
What are some crafting classes, crafting techniques, that have helped you as writers? I haven’t done much to simplify this course from what I would teach adults - my examples in literature are just Middle-Grade based.
Some of the things I’ve taught so far are:
Plotting using Story Mountain (It’s on an old MENSA site for kids, super cool)
Crafting a Compelling Character (how to build a character through interviews and the importance of knowing your character)
The Four Types of Conflict (how to use them in fiction and non-fiction)
A 4-Class Series on Creative Non-Fiction (how to tell the truth without sounding like a textbook)
And so on.
Yesterday, I taught a class about crafting the perfect villain for your story. We covered the different levels of villainy and why/how they worked for their stories. It was pretty fun. We covered everything from The Big Bad Wolf to Thanos.
So what else would you teach a room full of kids about the writing craft?