Grades: 4 – 5 (Grade 3 with instructor approval)
Dates:  November 12 – February 4 (10 Wednesdays. Class will not meet the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and during Winter Break.)
Time: 2:45PM – 4:00PM
Location: Charlemagne School, Room #8
Instructor: Bob Marquis
Cost: $147.00

This ten-week after-school course is for kids who LOVE TO WRITE! Instructor, Bob Marquis, emphasizes creative expression and flow of ideas while providing support for improving effective sentence structure, paragraph organization and basic mechanics. Students are encouraged to be creative, make imaginative word choices and develop a strong personal voice. Each class begins with instruction and discussion followed by a quiet writing time, and ends with sharing of works in progress. Students will have individual conferences with the instructor to discuss style, ideas, and ways to improve the flow of the writing.

The course is divided into the following blocks:

Classes 1 and 2 (Nov. 12 and 19) “YOUR CHOICE” WRITING — Do you have stories in your head that you want to put into writing but no school assignment has been quite the right place to let it out? This is your chance to write “the big one.”

Classes 3, 4 and 5 (Dec. 3, 10 and 17) EXPLORING DIFFERENT TYPES OF STORIES — Different types of stories will be presented, including adventure, mystery, fantasy, humor, and others. Students making good progress on their writing from the previous classes will be encouraged to keep going.

Classes 6 and 7 (Jan. 7 and 14) WRITING POETRY — We will look at how ideas, images, and feelings can be presented in poems. Students will be encouraged to experiment with free verse and complex rhyming and stanza patterns. Examples of different poetic forms will be presented.

Classes 8 and 9  (Jan. 21 and 28) FINISH UNFINISHED WORK/EDIT, REWRITE, AND CLEAN IT UP — Students will be encouraged to complete selected, unfinished writing from the first seven weeks. This will also be a time for editing and rewriting “muddy” sections of stories and poems to make them clearer to the reader, and replacing ordinary, overused words with more descriptive, interesting ones. The goal is to actually finish things for presentations on the last day.

Class 10  (Feb. 4) PRESENTATION PARTY — Snacks will be provided. Each student will present at least one piece of writing to the class or select one to be read anonymously by the instructor. If time permits, students may present a second piece of writing. Parents are welcome to attend.

Class size: Maximum 16, Minimum 6

Registration information

  1. Registration is required for all students. If you have registered for YETAG camps/ school year enrichment courses, please use the same email and password you have used in the past. If you cannot remember your password, enter your email address and click “Forgot password”. The system will send you an email allowing you to create a new password.
  2. To reserve a spot in a camp for your child(ren) and pay later, click “Pay by Check” under payment methods.
  3. Families applying for scholarships, please choose “pay by check” to reserve a spot. Contact our office for scholarship information.
  4. If you receive a “systems error” message during registration and your registration does not go through, please restart your computer and reenter your information.  If you continue to encounter registration problems please contact our office – 541.346.3084 – and we will assist you.
  5. There is a $14.00 non-refundable, non-scholarship eligible fee for each student registered.

Visit the UO YETAG website for more information.