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Whether you love baseball, history, or both, go beyond the stats and get to know the game and the great players firsthand with this relevant American history course.

Total classes: 6
Class dates: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, June 9 to 18, 2020
Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central 9:30 Mountain 8:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: 1/2 semester Sports History

Fee: $77 if you register on or before April 15, 2020. $97 after April 15 for all 6 classes.
(Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: John C. "Chuck" Chalberg, PhD

Course details: This course will deal with the history of baseball in the United States from its origins in the early 19th century to the professional game of the late 20th century. We will examines the history of the game primarily through biography. Among those to be discussed are Albert Spaulding, Ty Cobb, Charles Comiskey, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Branch Rickey, Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle. Sandy Koufax, and Pete Rose. Among the themes to be discussed are the evolution of the rules of the game, the reasons for the popularity of the game, the professionalization of the game, the "dead ball" era, the Black Sox scandal, the state of the game in the 1920s and 1930s, the integration of baseball, and the state of the game in the 1970s and 1980s. Study guides will be provided for each chapter.

Course outline:

Class One: Rader, chapters 3 and 4

Class Two: Rader, chapters 5, 6, and 7

Class Three: Rader, chapters 8 and 9

Class Four: Rader, chapters 10 and 11

Class Five: Rader, chapters, 12 and 13

Class Six, Rader, chapters 14 and 15

Course materials: Baseball: A History of America's Game by Benjamin Rader, ISBN-10: 0252083741 or ISBN-13: 978-0252083747

Homework: Students will read approximately 30-35 pages per session. There will be two quizzes, one after the third class and another after the sixth and final class. Each will be worth 25 points and be composed of a combination of multiple choice and true-false. For those students who would like to have some additional writing practice, there will be one optional writing assignment to be negotiated and discussed with the instructor. It is recommended that students get a head start with the reading at some point during the week before the course begins. The opening and closing chapters have not been assigned. Reading them is entirely optional.

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Starts Starts: 6/9/2020 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 6/18/2020 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
Closed Enrollment
 

Truth matters. When confronted with claims that morality is relative, individual, or changing, how will you respond?

Total classes: 10

Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central 12:30 Mountain 11:30 Pacific)

Dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, June 15 to June 30, 2020. (We only meet on Monday and Tuesday the last week.)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: ¾ semester Philosophy

Fee: $147 if you register on or before April 15, 2020. $167 after April 15 for all 10 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Sam Nicholson, Ph.D.

Description: In this introductory course, we will examine some of the most common and persistent philosophical errors in the Western tradition. We will discover that many of these errors (subjectivism, relativism, nihilism, hedonism) are neither new nor peculiar to the Modern era. We will see how they have been proposed and defended, and how they have been addressed and dealt with by luminaries such as Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and others. Students who complete this course will be equipped with the tools necessary to diagnose and correct some of the most intractable errors that presently dominate our culture.

Course Outline:

Class 1:

Topic: Subjectivism

Read: Plato "Theatetus"

Class 2:

Topic: Subjectivism (continued)

Read: Plato "Theatetus"

Class 3:

Topic: Skepticism

Read: Sextus Empiricus "Outlines of Pyrrhonism"

Class 4:

Topic: Skepticism

Read: Sextus Empiricus "Outlines of Pyrrhonism"

Class 5:

Topic: The Refutation of Skepticism

Read: St. Augustine "Contra Academicos"

Class 6:

Topic: The Refutation of Skepticism

Read: St. Augustine "Contra Academicos"

Class 7:

Topic: Rationalism and Dualism

Read: Rene Descartes "Meditations" (I-II)

Read: Fr. Antoine Arnauld "The Man in the Mask"

Class 8:

Topic: Rationalism and Dualism

Read: Rene Descartes "Meditations" (III - VI)

Read: "The Interaction Problem"

Class 9:

Topic: Nihilism

Read: Friedrich Nietzsche "Beyond Good and Evil" (excerpts)

Class 10:

Topic: Nihilism

Read: Lesek Kowakalski: "Religion: If there is no God" (excerpts)

Course materials: All texts for this class will be posted online from open source translations or online archives. There is no purchase required.

Homework: Homework consists of daily readings. Plus, there will be three quizzes, a mid-term examination, and final. Expect to devote one to two hours per day on reading and testing.

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Starts Starts: 6/15/2020 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 6/30/2020 3:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 10
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 5 wait spaces available
Class Size Class size: 26 seats
 

Do you want your student to excel in ALL of learning? Then join this FREE key course and learn the must-have, how-to skills to help your student in every course-  including how to take notes, how to listen and read actively for higher comprehension, how to effectively take tests in a timed setting, and more.

Special Notes: Homeschool Connections offers this course free throughout the school year (summer, fall, and spring). How to Be an Excellent Student lays a foundation of study skills to help students be successful in all of their school courses. Get ready for the school year now and register for this vital four-day course.

Due to the popularity of this course, it is offered four times over the summer. Choose the dates and times that work best for your family.

Total Classes: 4

Class Dates and Times:

Summer dates are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday,

June 22 to June 25 at 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 7th to 11th grade

Fee: FREE

Instructor: Lisa Mladinich

Course Description: In this course, your student can gain the absolute must-have expertise to become strong, confident, and able to study for any high school level course with success. Learn how to listen and comprehend more, how to effectively take notes, how to read a text for its key ideas, how to study for tests, how to approach textbooks in a way that cuts study time in half, how to more effectively comprehend what you read and hear, and what you need to do, to score well on tests. This four-session course is absolutely FREE-  so give your student what’s needed to succeed!

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Active listening and how to take notes effectively

  • Class 2: Active reading and how to study effectively

  • Class 3: Critical reading skills for comprehension

  • Class 4: Test-taking in a timed setting

Course Materials: All materials are provided free from the instructor.

Homework: This is a lecture course with approximately 2 hours of work per class (reading and automated quizzes).

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Starts Starts: 6/22/2020 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 6/25/2020 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 4
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 1 open seat left
Class Size Class size: 60 seats
 

Here’s a course to get your student excited about math. Yes! Join Mrs. Correira for this “Math Appreciation” course and discover how math can be fun, exciting and full of surprises. Bonus: future math classes will be met with anticipation instead of apprehension.

Total classes: 4

Class dates: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 6 to 9, 2020

Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central 12:30 Mountain 11:30 Pacific)

Duration: 45 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade

Suggested credit: ¼ semester Math Enrichment

Fee: $44 for all four classes (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)


Instructor: Kris Correira

Course description: Mrs. Correira is inviting you to a theme party—and the theme is numbers! Your host has a series of party games that involve interesting forms and uses of numbers. Part of the time involves working in small groups with other party-goers. Just be sure to bring the needed supplies to the party!

Course outline:

  • Party Game 1: Roman Numerals (a deeper appreciation of place value)

  • Party Game 2: Roll the Dice (probability and histograms)

  • Party Game 3: Solomon Grundy (finite numbering systemsnumbers in time)

  • Party Game 4: Off and On (binary numbers, measurement, computers)

Course materials (party supplies):

·  Paper—plain, graph, and index cards

·  Pencils—plain and colored

Scissors

·  Dice, 2 six-sided preferable of different colors. (OPTIONAL – pairs of other polyhedral dice)

·  Printer (to print out handouts, provided free by the teacher)

Homework: None. For students who want to continue the fun on their own or with their family, additional suggested activities are provided with the course.

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Starts Starts: 7/6/2020 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 7/9/2020 3:15 PM
Sessions Sessions: 4
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 14 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 20 seats
 

Ensure school year success with a dynamic boot camp where you’ll get the extra edge needed to ace high school math in the fall.


Total classes:
8
Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, July 6 to July 16, 2020
Starting time:1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: This course is designed for students entering Geometry or Algebra 2 in the coming fall semester

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: 1/3 semester Math

Fee: $97 if you register on or before April 15, 2020. $117 after April 15 for all 6 classes.(Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Emily Nardozzi

Course description: This course is designed to provide a rigorous review of Algebra 1 concepts that are needed in order to be successful in Geometry and Algebra 2. A solid conceptual understanding of Algebra 1 is essential for success in all subsequent math courses since most classes even throughout college use Algebra as a base.

Course outline:

1) Evaluating Expressions and Combining Like Terms(Simplifying Expressions)

2) Properties of Exponents

3) Solving Linear Equations and Proportions

4) Linear Equations (Slope, Graphing, Writing Equations of a Line)

5) Solving Systems of Equations

6) Solving Quadratics

7) Angle Relationships

8) Pythagorean’s Theorem & Review

Course materials: None – All material provided free by instructor.

Homework: Each day students will be given a set of practice problems to review that day’s lesson with an answer key to self-check. There will be a short three- to four-question automated quiz for students to take each day, which is grade by the computer for immediate feedback. Homework should take approximately 20 minutes or less each day.

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Starts Starts: 7/6/2020 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 7/16/2020 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 5 wait spaces available
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
How to have fun with others online during the coronavirus crisis? It's no mystery! Join the HSC Wednesday Afternoon Drama Club!



Kevin O'Brien, Homeschool Connections instructor and author of more than forty interactive comedy murder mystery dinner theater shows that he's been performing nationwide since 1989, wants to help HSC high school and middle school students have fun during the coronavirus lockdown! Beginning Wednesday, July 8 at 3:30 pm Eastern, and continuing every Wednesday until July 29, Mr. O'Brien will lead students in an interactive reading of one of his mystery shows! A certain number of students will be allowed to play roles during our Zoom meetings - and everybody will be involved in figuring out "who dunnit"!



This is not a class! No grades, no credit, no worries! Just lots of mysterious fun!



Here is how this will work...


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Starts Starts: 7/8/2020 3:30 PM
Ends Ends: 7/29/2020 4:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 4
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Class Size Class size: 97 seats
Class full
 
Writers strengthen your story with a professional fiction editor and other writers when you join this workshopping course to make your story the best it can be.


Special notes: You can join ONE or TWO workshops this summer once in July and once in August and hone your fiction writing to make your story the best it can be! This course is offered twice and you can use different stories for each, so that each course is unique and helpful to making your stories great.


Class starts on a Thursday and ends on a Tuesday.
Each course closes at 12 students, therefore we recommend registering early.
Total Classes: 6
Class dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9 to July 28, 2020
Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central 9:30 Mountain 8:30 Pacific)
Duration: 60 minutes
Prerequisite: None. Some experience writing preferred, but all writers who have a story to share are welcome.

Suggested Grade Level: 9th-12th grade

Suggested Credit: 1/2 semester Creative Writing or English. This course may be combined with other fiction writing courses for a full semester credit.

Instructor: Professor Robin Conley, MFA

Fee: $87 per course if you register on or before April 15, 2020. $107 after April 15 for all 6 classes. (Registration closes 8 days before the first class. Late students cannot be accepted due to the pre-assigned work.)

Course Description: This course is an opportunity for writers who have a piece of writing they want to share to receive feedback from their peers. Students wishing to take this workshop course will need to have 8-12 pages of an original story already created by the time the course starts. Each class day we will have a mini lesson on writing, and then the students and I will be heavily analyzing student story submissions. We will discuss the stories together, and provide feedback to help improve writing skills and strengthen the story. Students are expected to both submit a piece of their own work for feedback, and to provide feedback for others. Each author will be required to takes notes as their story is discussed and to listen quietly, and then at the end of all feedback there will be a chance for the authors to respond to anything said during the critique and to ask questions.

The most important thing for all students taking this course is to be constructive when giving feedback, and to keep an open mind toward feedback that is received. After each class session, Professor Conley will have a short meeting with the one or two students whose work was read that day to check in with them and go over their feedback.

Workshop Submission Guidelines:

Submission deadlines are July 1, 2020 for the July course OR July 29, 2020 for the August course.

All students must submit their Workshop Piece to Professor Conley via email at RConley.HSC@Gmail.com by the deadline above.

Workshop Piece Requirements:

8-12 pages in length, Times New Roman, 12-point Font, double spaced.

Must be in a Word document, Google Doc, or PDF format.

Must be the student’s original work. It can be an excerpt from a longer novel or a short story as long as it meets the length and formatting requirements.

Put your name, the class name, and your story’s title or “Workshop Piece” if you don’t have a title yet on the paper.

Submit to Professor Conley by the deadline above.

Course Outline:

Class 1 –

Discussion – How to Give Feedback

Critiquing - 2 Student Stories

Class 2 –

Discussion – Character

Critiquing - 2 Student Stories

Class 3 –

Discussion – Dialogue

Critiquing - 2 Student Stories

Class 4 –

Discussion – Plot

Critiquing - 2 Student Stories

Cass 5 –

Discussion – Setting & Tone

Critiquing - 2 Student Stories

Class 6 –

Discussion – How to Revise Using Feedback

Critiquing - 2 Student Stories

Course Materials: Each student needs to have:

8-12 pages of their own writing finalized and prepared to be submitted for workshopping NO LATER than July 1, 2019.

The ability to make Word documents or PDFs using Microsoft Word, Google Docs (free from Google), or some other program.

A working microphone (and Web Cam if possible) for the Live Class sessions.

Homework: This course is reading and writing intensive as each week students will have to be able to read up to FOUR (4) pieces of their classmates’ writing as well as write FOUR (4) 1-2 page double-spaced response for each students’ workshop piece. The expected homework will be 2-4 hours each week depending on how difficult the student finds it to write critiques.

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Starts Starts: 7/9/2020 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 7/28/2020 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 1 wait space available
Class Size Class size: 12 seats
 

Do you want your student to excel in ALL of learning? Then join this FREE key course and learn the must-have, how-to skills to help your student in every course-  including how to take notes, how to listen and read actively for higher comprehension, how to effectively take tests in a timed setting, and more.

Special Notes: Homeschool Connections offers this course free throughout the school year (summer, fall, and spring). How to Be an Excellent Student lays a foundation of study skills to help students be successful in all of their school courses. Get ready for the school year now and register for this vital four-day course.

Due to the popularity of this course, it is offered four times over the summer. Choose the dates and times that work best for your family.

Total Classes: 4

Class Dates and Times:

Summer dates are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday,

July 27 to July 30 at 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 7th to 11th grade

Fee: FREE

Instructor: Lisa Mladinich

Course Description: In this course, your student can gain the absolute must-have expertise to become strong, confident, and able to study for any high school level course with success. Learn how to listen and comprehend more, how to effectively take notes, how to read a text for its key ideas, how to study for tests, how to approach textbooks in a way that cuts study time in half, how to more effectively comprehend what you read and hear, and what you need to do, to score well on tests. This four-session course is absolutely FREE-  so give your student what’s needed to succeed!

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Active listening and how to take notes effectively

  • Class 2: Active reading and how to study effectively

  • Class 3: Critical reading skills for comprehension

  • Class 4: Test-taking in a timed setting

Course Materials: All materials are provided free from the instructor.

Homework: This is a lecture course with approximately 2 hours of work per class (reading and automated quizzes).

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Starts Starts: 7/27/2020 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 7/30/2020 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 4
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 30 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 60 seats
 

Learn to think critically in our “information age,” understand history and current events, and make good decisions while living out your Catholic faith with wisdom.

Total classes: 8

Class Dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, August 3 to August 13, 2020

Starting time: 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central 2:00 Mountain 1:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade. Middle school students are welcome with adjustments to the assignments. 

Suggested credit: 1/3 semester History, Philosophy, or Critical Thinking

Fee: $127 if you register on or before April 15, 2020. $147 if you register after April 15 for all 6 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Christopher Martin, PhD

Course Description:

Modern sources of news and entertainment are cleverly designed to compel, persuade, sensationalize, and attract attention. The purpose of this class is twofold: to both teach students how to think critically about the information they encounter, as well as how to construct well-written arguments with appropriate, supporting source material. Few people in our society realize that the true benefit of studying history goes beyond the simple lessons of the past. Rather, by giving critical analysis to the interpretations of the past, students can themselves learn to identify and scrutinize sources of information, and form their own opinions with greater wisdom. 

Course Outline:

Day 1: Introduction and overview of syllabus and assignments Introductory probe into the scope and utility of History.

Days 2-5: Thinking Critically

Day 2: Historical and Ideological 

Day 3: Primary and Secondary Sources

Day 4: Causation, Contingency, and Complexity

Day 5: Active, Critical Reading

Days 6-8: Arguing Persuasively

Day 6: Historiography and Historians' Fallacies

Day 7: Thesis Statements, and Supporting an Argument

Day 8: The Catholic Theology of History

Course materials: Historiographical Reviews, by Christopher Martin ($16.50), https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=YAVUPX2WPB9YY 

Homework:
-Approximately 15 pages, per week, of reading from the textbook
-NOTE: Middle school students are exempt from the readings
-Students will compose a 2-3 page exercise in historical critical analysis and review
-NOTE: Middle school students will instead write a 1-2 page critical analysis of the select reading
-Daily, optional review quizzes based off of classroom lectures and discussions. Worth bonus points.

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Starts Starts: 8/3/2020 4:00 PM
Ends Ends: 8/13/2020 5:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 10 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 

This course is for beginners as well as advanced artists.


Total class meetings: 8
Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, August 3rd-August 13th

Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central 12:30 Mountain 11:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 8th-12th grade
Suggested credit: ½ semester Art Theory or Fine Arts

Fee: $97 if you register on or before April 15, 2020. $117 after April 15 for all 8 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Inshal Chenet

Course description: Students will learn how to use the art techniques applied by the old masters, as well as more advanced techniques for a finished drawing. This is a practically focused course to help students learn the great composition skills of the western tradition and apply it to their sketch work. For example they will learn how to use the Golden Ratio to compose a sketch to match the natural flow of the human eye. 

Course outline:

  1.  Introduction and Object Perspective

  2.  Linear Perspective

  3.  Golden Ratio

  4.  Triangular Composition

  5.  Landscapes

  6.  Facial Proportions

  7.  Bodily Proportions

  8. Color Theory

Course materials: Art pencils, sketchbook, and a plastic page protector. Ability to scan drawings or take a picture of drawings. Instructor will provide other materials for free.

Homework: Students will need to practice sketches to cement lessons. These practice sketches will be turned in for Mr. Chenet to critique. The assignments should take 30-60 minutes per school day. 

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Starts Starts: 8/3/2020 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 8/13/2020 3:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 8 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 

Discover the meaning of life and the afterlife via great literature with Tolkien and Lewis expert Professor Joseph Pearce.

Total classes:6

Class dates: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, August 4 to August 13, 2020

Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: The ability to read and enjoy the works.

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: 1/2 semester Literature or Theology

Fee: $77 if you register on or before April 15, 2020. $97 if you register after April 15 for all 6 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Joseph Pearce.

Course description: Focusing on three works by J.R. R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, this course will examine the insights into the after-life that these great Christian writers offer. Students will gain a deeper theological understanding of sin and virtue, faith and reason, and justice and mercy, gained through Tolkien's and Lewis's visions of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven.

Course outline:

Class One: The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis, Chapters 1-8

Class Two: The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis, Chapters 9-14

Class Three: The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis, Chapters 12-14

Class Four: The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis, Chapters 15-16

Class Five: Leaf by Niggle by J. R. R. Tolkien, Part One

Class Six: Leaf by Niggle by J. R. R. Tolkien, Part Two

Course materials: C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce, ISBN: 978-0-06-065295-1

C. S. Lewis, The Great Battle, ISBN: 0-06-447108-X

J. R. R. Tolkien, Tree and Leaf, ISBN: 978-0-00-710504-5

Homework: Reading Assignment: approximately 40 pages per class meeting. Daily quizzes are automated and graded by the computer for immediate feedback. Estimated homework time per class session is 2 hours.

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Starts Starts: 8/4/2020 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 8/13/2020 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 1 wait space available
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
 
Writers strengthen your story with a professional fiction editor and other writers when you join this workshopping course to make your story the best it can be.

Special notes: You can join ONE or TWO workshops this summer once in July and once in August and hone your fiction writing to make your story the best it can be! This course is offered twice and you can use different stories for each, so that each course is unique and helpful to making your stories great.

Class starts on a Thursday and ends on a Tuesday.

Each course closes at 12 students, therefore we recommend registering early.

Total Classes: 6
Class dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 6 to August 25, 2020
Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central 9:30 Mountain 8:30 Pacific)
Duration: 60 minutes
Prerequisite: None. Some experience writing preferred, but all writers who have a story to share are welcome.

Suggested Grade Level: 9th-12th grade

Suggested Credit: 1/2 semester Creative Writing or English. This course may be combined with other fiction writing courses for a full semester credit.

Instructor: Professor Robin Conley, MFA

Fee: $87 per course if you register on or before April 15, 2020. $107 after April 15 for all 6 classes. (Registration closes 8 days before the first class. Late students cannot be accepted due to the pre-assigned work.)

Course Description: This course is an opportunity for writers who have a piece of writing they want to share to receive feedback from their peers. Students wishing to take this workshop course will need to have 8-12 pages of an original story already created by the time the course starts. Each class day we will have a mini lesson on writing, and then the students and I will be heavily analyzing student story submissions. We will discuss the stories together, and provide feedback to help improve writing skills and strengthen the story. Students are expected to both submit a piece of their own work for feedback, and to provide feedback for others. Each author will be required to takes notes as their story is discussed and to listen quietly, and then at the end of all feedback there will be a chance for the authors to respond to anything said during the critique and to ask questions.

The most important thing for all students taking this course is to be constructive when giving feedback, and to keep an open mind toward feedback that is received. After each class session, Professor Conley will have a short meeting with the one or two students whose work was read that day to check in with them and go over their feedback.

Workshop Submission Guidelines:


Submission deadlines are July 1, 2020 for the July course OR July 29, 2020 for the August course.

All students must submit their Workshop Piece to Professor Conley via email at RConley.HSC@Gmail.com by the deadline above.

Workshop Piece Requirements:

8-12 pages in length, Times New Roman, 12-point Font, double spaced.

Must be in a Word document, Google Doc, or PDF format.

Must be the student’s original work. It can be an excerpt from a longer novel or a short story as long as it meets the length and formatting requirements.

Put your name, the class name, and your story’s title or “Workshop Piece” if you don’t have a title yet on the paper.

Submit to Professor Conley by the deadline above.

Course Outline:

Class 1 –

Discussion – How to Give Feedback

Critiquing - 2 Student Stories

Class 2 –

Discussion – Character

Critiquing - 2 Student Stories

Class 3 –

Discussion – Dialogue

Critiquing - 2 Student Stories

Class 4 –

Discussion – Plot

Critiquing - 2 Student Stories

Cass 5 –

Discussion – Setting & Tone

Critiquing - 2 Student Stories

Class 6 –

Discussion – How to Revise Using Feedback

Critiquing - 2 Student Stories

Course Materials: Each student needs to have:

8-12 pages of their own writing finalized and prepared to be submitted for workshopping NO LATER than July 1, 2019.

The ability to make Word documents or PDFs using Microsoft Word, Google Docs (free from Google), or some other program.

A working microphone (and Web Cam if possible) for the Live Class sessions.

Homework: This course is reading and writing intensive as each week students will have to be able to read up to FOUR (4) pieces of their classmates’ writing as well as write FOUR (4) 1-2 page double-spaced response for each students’ workshop piece. The expected homework will be 2-4 hours each week depending on how difficult the student finds it to write critiques.

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Starts Starts: 8/6/2020 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 8/25/2020 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
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Status Status: 5 wait spaces available
Class Size Class size: 12 seats
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