Independent Writers: Short Stories |S18

Ages: 10-15
Day, Time: fridays, 1:15-2:15*
Location: Game Room
COST: $95

*Please note that this class will not be meeting on 3/30.


Nancy Alton

Nancy Schatz Alton is a freelance writer and editor. For almost two decades, she’s written for many types of publications, websites and clients. Find her current work at and on her personal blog, She believes everyone can enjoy writing within the environment that works for them. She’s the co-author of The Healthy Back Book and The Healthy Knees Book. She also writes poetry most every day and is working on the sixth draft of her memoir about her journey helping her dyslexic daughter.

class description

Short story writing is the beginning of writing that first novel! Reading other people’s short stories is also the beginning of writing that first novel! In this class, we’ll read and discuss excerpts of short stories and full short stories. We’ll do playful, in-class exercises to help turn our creative brains on. And we’ll complete 1 (or more, depending on the student) short story by the end of the quarter. We’ll edit our pieces together and students will rewrite drafts, too.

Required Skills for Students to Be Successful in This Class:

Students should be comfortable writing during class time and sharing their work for constructive and positive editing feedback.

Compliance with Family Rights & Responsibilities.


Homework will be assigned. There will be assignments most weeks, and work shouldn’t take more than an hour or two, although some students may wish to spend more time working on their writing projects.

field trips:


additional fees/supplies:

Bring a notebook and a writing utensil to class.

parent involvement:

This class is intended for students only.

Age Variances:

Please see our Age Variance Policy.