Writing Classes for Kids

Fall 2017 Schedule & Course Descriptions!

Classes and workshops for students in middle and high school.


The classes below are designed to help young writers tap into their creativity, explore ideas, learn about craft, and develop writing skills they can use in any genre. 


All courses lead by Desiree Kannel


*******Schedule Updated on Aug. 2********


Creative Writing Workshops

Grades 7 - 12


Wednesdays, 10:00am - 12:30pm




Students will generate new material, learn the basics of  story telling, revising, and publishing.


A typical session’s format:

Workshop: the part of the lesson where students write quietly after receiving a writing prompt or suggestion. Sharing of our “first draft, just written work” follows; one student reads, the others listen and respond with positive and encouraging feedback.


Mini lessons: we will cover the nuts and bolts of crafting a narrative (stories-real or imagined). Topics include: character development, descriptive details, dialogue, plot, conflict, and more.


Revise/polish/publish: After generating various story ideas, students will choose one to take to completion. We will apply what we learned about craft during the revision process.  They will also learn how to read and respond to their classmates works in progress.



Minimum of 5; maximum of 10 students.

Materials needed: pens, notebook, paper, drawing supplies, access to word processing and ability to bring typed copies of drafts to class.

Handouts provided by instructor.


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Composition & Visual Rhetoric

Grades 9 - 12

15 weeks

Mondays & Wednesdays

1:30 - 3:00



Along with traditional methods, visual rhetoric is used as a mode of instruction in this 15 week course. Technological advances have created a world in which a substantial portion of our communication is done via visuals, rather than the written word. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and others are saturated with images that are meant to relay not just cute and funny messages, but often critical arguments.


In addition to reading short essays and stories, students will also learn how to “read” images such as ads, street art and graffiti. In the first half of the course, we will practice creative writing techniques and produce a written personal narrative that incorporates elements related to document design and presentation. In the second half of the course, we will read and research a topic related to contemporary American culture and produce visual arguments. We will also learn how to “read” visuals such as street art, graffiti, advertisements, and more.


Learning points:

Reading, interpreting, and discussing texts-fiction and nonfiction

Basic principles of rhetoric (persuasion)

Critical thinking skills

Creative and academic writing

Revision strategies

Basics of document design

Visual rhetoric


All reading material provided – hard copies and via online resources

Students will need:

Notebooks, pens, paper, basic art supplies

Writing journal

Access to the internet outside of class, an email account, and word processing


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 Semi-Private Instruction for Academic Writing (expository, descriptive, argumentative and research essays)

  • Help students become comfortable with the process of essay composition.
  • Learn how to develop ideas and concepts
  • Organizational skills
  • Effective paragraphing

​Fee: $40 per 1.5hr for 1 student; $10 per each additional writer


Youth classes are held at the Namaste Center in downtown Long Beach.  Namaste is a multi-use center with space for classrooms and presentations. It also houses an art gallery called The Beacon Art Gallery. 


Namaste CSL

129 W. 5th St.

Long Beach, CA 90802


2 hour free parking available. 


Payment Policy


Payments accepted by check, cash, or credit card. 

Approved vendor for Sky Mountain Schools and Inspire Charter; vouchers accepted.

Payment is for entire workshop; no credit for missed sessions. 

No refunds after session begins. 

70% refund for cancellations received at least 3 business days before session start date. 

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What's New??


Workshops now in Seal Beach!


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


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