Course Overview

Learn the essential elements for how to tell a good story. This interactive workshop is a great first step toward a career in writing or journalism. Starting with imaginative writing prompts, students will learn strategies for how to overcome the blank page.

Week one focuses on the foundations of fiction. Playing with craft techniques such as point of view, characterization, and dialogue will benefit students as they write their own short stories. Week two examines the basic building block of scriptwriting “the scene.” Students will explore how to write dramatic scenes designed to relentlessly move a story forward.

The Details

  • July 20 - July 31 (Available all sessions)

  • 10 AM - 12 PM EDT; M-F

  • Grades 9-12

  • 20 hours of Live Instruction

  • Max. 12 students per class

  • Instructor Office Hours Available

  • Certificate

  • Program Fee: $1,295



Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons is a New York-based writer, educator, and storyteller whose work has appeared in A Mighty Blaze, Marie Claire, and Hippocampus Magazine, among others. Her most recent play, All I Want Is One More Meanwhile... made its Midwest Premiere at Otherworld Theatre in Chicago. She has MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Combining her love of theater and narrative nonfiction, Kelly Jean created No, YOU Tell It! a storytelling series dedicated to performing true-life tales with a twist. Learn more and listen to the podcast at