HOW DO I KNOW IF A CREATIVE WRITING CLASS IS RIGHT FOR MY CHILD?
We've found that even as early as third grade, kids believe they aren't strong writers or that writing isn't fun. We've designed classes to foster a positive relationship to writing that kids can carry into their professional lives. Research shows that 77% of professions require writing. "Take My Word For It!"'s mission is to make writing an adventure and to help kids feel comfortable with written communication of all kinds.
WHAT IS IMPORTANT ABOUT THE COMMON CORE & HOW DOES TMWFI'S CURRICULUM ADDRESS IT?
The Common Core standards put an emphasis on three different kinds of writing: argument/opinion, informative/explanatory and narrative. Our classes allow students to not only explore these forms, but to experiment, without worrying about tests and other constraints. Comfort with formulating ideas in words, combined with a positive association with writing, better prepares kids for mastering the Common Core.
“Each year in their writing, students should demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas, and they should address increasingly demanding content and sources.” – CoreStandards.org
DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO BE AN AVID WRITER TO JOIN A CLASS?
Absolutely not! We pride ourselves on converting reluctant writers into enthusiastic ones and strive to meet children where they are with creative expression. We call ourselves a "word Incubator" - a place where kids ideas can be kept safe until they're ready to hatch.
HOW DO I REGISTER?
You can sign up for most of our classes online. Some schools require parents to register through them, so please see your school's after-school enrichment policies for details.
DO YOU OFFER CAMPS?
IS THERE WORK OUTSIDE OF CLASS?
No, unless a student wants to continue working on a story on his/her own.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY CHILD'S FIRST CLASS?
Our goal is to establish a community of young writers who respect one another and feel safe sharing their work with the group. On the first day of class we collaborate to come up with a set of guidelines we all agree to follow during out time together. That's followed by a writing activity that helps us get to know one another better. Then we introduce the curriculum and dive into our imaginations!