Writing Program For Children in Grades 4 through 12

Master the 5 Core Writing Styles

Summer Creative Writing Program for Children by Genesis Reading

I am offering a writing program for children of all ages and abilities to master the 5 core writing styles; narrative, descriptive, persuasive, expository and creative.

Classes are available for groups or on a 1:1 basis and will take place in Skillman, New Jersey and the surrounding areas. 

The classes will be tailored to each child or group requirements and will include reading, grammar and writing practice.

What are the 5 core writing styles?
Each type of writing serves a different purpose.

Narrative Writing

 

Narrative writing is all about sharing anything from an epic tale to a small anecdote; it can span years of time or a few minutes; it can be fact or fiction.

Narrative writing uses many of the most common elements of storytelling, such as plot, character, setting, conflict, emotion, and a core message you’re trying to get across. You can use it to shape your narrative writing, such as coming of age, rags to riches, or the hero’s journey. Your character’s journey will have a conflict or interesting experience, and then ultimately reach a resolution.

Descriptive Writing

Descriptive writing involves capturing every detail of the place, person, or scene you’re writing about. The goal is to really immerse the reader in the experience, making them feel like they are there.

When trying to achieve a descriptive writing style, think of it as painting a picture with your words. What can you say to help the reader truly envision the subject in their mind’s eye?

This usually involves crafting vivid descriptions using all five senses: sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste. But it could also involve use of simile and metaphor to evoke a mood or feeling that’s too hard to capture with physical descriptors. This can help elevate your writing from a simple description to something that connects with others on a deeper level.

Persuasive Writing

 

Persuasive writing is all about getting your point across. The goal is to share your opinion in a thoughtful way —or, even better, to actually convince the reader of a viewpoint or idea. Whether you have a strong stance on an issue or need to inspire people to take action towards a cause, persuasive writing is the way to do it.

Of course, you can’t expect to simply state your viewpoint and have everyone convinced—you need to effectively back it up to bring the reader over to your side. There several main types of evidence in writing you can use when trying to persuade, including:

 

  • Statistical evidence, such as hard facts or studies.
  • Anecdotal evidence, such as personal experiences or interviews.
  • Testimonial evidence, such as quotes from experts in the subject.
  • Textual evidence, such as passages from books or primary sources

Expository Writing

 

Expository writing exists to explain a subject or inform about a particular topic area. The goal is simply to teach the reader something.

Expository writing should aim to answer any questions a reader might have about a subject: think about the classic who, what, why, when, how questions. You want to lay everything out clearly, avoiding any jargon or overly technical language that may confuse people. Try to approach expository writing from a beginner’s mindset to make your piece as useful as possible.

Most importantly, keep your emotions and opinions about a subject out of it. Unlike persuasive writing, expository writing shouldn’t have an angle or agenda — just the facts.

Creative Writing

 

As with any artistic medium, the rules are really only there to be broken — and creative writing is any writing that exists outside of the styles above, or even combines the styles in surprising new ways. The goal of creative writing is really to find new ways to tell stories that can surprise and delight readers.

When it comes to creative writing, you can let yourself literally rewrite the rules of what great writing can be. You could try a new format or structure that you haven’t seen before. You could bring other languages or multimedia elements into your work. Let yourself have fun with it!

We started working with Sheridan near the end of our daughter’s fourth grade year specifically for writing help. Sheridan started right away giving our daughter strategies for getting her thoughts down on paper and making those thoughts sound amazing.

In just 6 weeks, our daughter was able to put some of those strategies into action for a school assignment. It even caught the attention of her teacher who contacted us because she noticed the positive change in our daughter’s writing.

It was amazing for us to get that validation from the teacher but even more amazing was how proud our daughter was of herself. Her confidence has improved so much in such a short time. Our daughter loves working with Sheridan and we highly recommend her to anyone struggling with writing!

Jessica & Craig

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