Writing classess for Home School Youth

I am very excited to be an approved vendor for Sky Mountain & Inspire Charter schools. 


I love working with young writers; they're funny, honest, and amazingly creative. My overall teaching philosophy rejects the "one size fits all" method so I spend a lot of time developing lessons and activities to meet individual needs. This is why I limit class sizes to 10 students each.  


The workshops/classes below are designed for those who love to write, and those who find it challenging. Your child will build confidence, learn how to beat writer's block, and strengthen critical thinking skills.


See below for a quick description of our current course offerings. 


All courses lead by Desiree Kannel and are held at the Namaste Center in Downtown Long Beach.


Please contact me if you do not see what you are looking for. 

Fall 2017

Creative Writing Workshop

Grades 7 - 12

8 - week sessions

Wednesdays; Oct. 11 - Dec. 6

10:00 - 12:30

A fun, safe, and encouraging environment where young writers will create new material, give and recieve feedback, and practice revisions techniques. 

For fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.


Composition & Visual Rhetoric

Grades 9 - 12

16 sessions - meets twice a week

Mondays & Wednesdays 

1:30 - 3:30pm

Oct. 9 - Dec. 6

Learn how to "read" visuals and create visual arguments. Creative and academic writing is covered in this 16 week course.

Academic Tutoring

Private or semi-private sessions for grades 3 and up. 

Taylored instruction to meet your individual needs. One-on-one, or in small groups. 

Serving Long Beach since 2008!

What's New??


Workshops now in Seal Beach!


What We Wrote; sharing the stories we wrote in workshop.


Now an approved vendor of Sky Mountain & Inspire Charter Schools.






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