Essentials in Writing Online Class

Fall 2019 Creative Writing


About This Class

Class Times: Students do not meet at regularly scheduled class times; however, they are required to watch short video lectures on certain days assigned by the teacher. Assignments due by midnight on Fridays

Class Dates: Fall 2019 (September —December –exact dates to be announced soon)

Course Description: A course in fictional, imaginative writing that provides instruction and practice in the following genres: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. Course requirements include submitting a portfolio of polished works, writing a blog post every month, and critiquing the work of fellow students.

Compositions: Ten poems, two short stories, and four creative nonfiction blog posts in addition to other practice writings and assignments

Class Itinerary: This course requires online interaction between the student, their peers, and the teacher through Canvas. In an online classroom, students will complete in-class assignments and discuss their work with others. Students will be required to turn in drafts of compositions each week for personal feedback from the instructor before turning in a final draft of the composition. The instructor will be available through email and Canvas throughout the week and during the scheduled class times.

Other Details:

  • Open to all high school students
  • We accept Paypal or credit and debit cards
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed: 100% refund if requested on or before 14 days after the first day of class

How Does The Course Work?

  • Watch video lectures each week (time of day is flexible)
  • Submit practice assignments or exercises each week
  • Submit major assignments three times a semester
  • Submit personal blog posts once a month
  • Comment on other students’ submissions
  • Discuss the creative writing process with the teacher and other students
  • Learn about poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction
  • Create a portfolio of at least ten poems, two short stories, and four nonfiction blog posts
  • Overall, students will develop confidence in their ability to write creatively and communicate effectively


  • This class is not a composition course—it focuses only on creative types of writing
  • This class offers hands-on instruction in the field of creative writing, which is not widely offered in many homeschool curriculums
  • This class offers students interaction with not only a teacher but also other students without the need to enroll in a college course
  • Students will be able to receive instant answers to their questions during designated “live chat“ times


$97 (one semester course)


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Call (417) 256-4191

Meet the Teacher

Mrs. Dianna Locke, Ed.S
  • 26-year educator
  • Bachelor of Science in English and social studies
  • Master’s degree in Reading
  • Master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction, & Technology
  • Master’s degree in Educational Administration
  • Specialist degree in Educational Leadership
  • Library Media Specialist Certified (K-12)
  • Journalism advisor for 20 years
  • Teacher of the Year recipient and 15 time nominee
  • Recipient of national awards from 2004-present
  • Member of International Literacy Association
  • Member of Missouri Association of School Librarian

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