Writers in Schools

 

Every classroom stands to benefit from stronger creative arts programming. Writers in Schools puts active English- and Chinese-speaking creative writers in schools to inspire students to themselves become writers, artists, and thinkers through our carefully designed creative arts workshop courses.

These courses, which are designed by writers and trained educators, align with common core standards and are adaptable to specific teachers' needs. All of our workshops take a constructivist pedagogical approach and follow the gradual release of responsibility model of teaching. They prioritize inquiry over knowledge, group learning over lectures, and, most of all, the act of creation over theories about how to create.


 

Elementary School Courses

Our workshops all align with the Common Core State Standards. Click here to see the specific standards.

This course will show students that every reading of a text opens the possibility for a new interpretation of that text. By exposing students to different kinds of texts and asking them to represent, imitate, and transform them, this course will teach students how to interpret texts creatively.

This workshop fuses all of our Elementary school workshops into one, taking self-expression as its organizing principle. Students will learn and implement a variety of skills necessary to express themselves effectively in three different mediums: writing, speech, and visual art.

This course will be focused on creating new possibilities for art and writing through a combination of both disciplines. Students will be guided through writing and artistic processes to create a piece of art that combines visual art and written elements.

 

Middle & High School Courses

Our workshops all align with the Common Core State Standards. Click here to see the specific standards.

This course will take students through the steps of developing a convincing and interesting character. Students will be introduced to the crucial elements of character development, such as the character's central desire, background, and dimension, and will practice implementing these elements in relation to their character.

It is one thing to know how to write poetry; it is quite another to feel the urgency that drives the writing of poetry. This course will give students a new appreciation for poetry by giving them hands-on practice with all of the key elements of the craft.

The Writing Foundations course takes elements from all of our workshop courses and combines them into a single course. This course is meant to introduce the fundamentals of creative writing in any style, and, more importantly, to spark an interest in the activity of reading and writing creatively.

This course will be focused on creating new possibilities for art and writing through a combination of both disciplines. Students will be guided through writing and artistic processes to create a piece of art that combines visual art and written elements.

 
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Objectives

Students will be able to represent a poem and story dramatically.

Students will be able to read and interpret texts in different ways.

Students will be able to represent texts through illustrations.

Students will be able to read for different purposes, i.e. to identify detail, tone, themes, and metaphors.

Students will be able to engage in a guided discussion about a text.

Students will be able to write a critical response paragraph discussing a text’s theme.

 

This course will show students that every reading of a text opens the possibility for a new interpretation of that text. By exposing students to different kinds of texts and asking them to represent, imitate, and transform them, this course will teach students how to interpret texts creatively.

Creative interpretation and reinterpretation of the text is both the foundation and one of the outcomes of critical reading. This is crucial for the young learner to understand because it guards against the common misconception that every text has a pre-defined meaning. Such a misconception leads to a host of issues that include a.) a feeling of detachment from literature and non-fiction writing, and, b.) vulnerability to ideological manipulation by journalism and political rhetoric.

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Additional Features

Published chapbook of all students’ writing

InkBeat Arts Creative Reading Certificate

Continued Activities in Beijing Student Arts Community

 
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Objectives

Students will be able to represent their experiences and memories through visual art elements.

Students will be able to write, identify, and imitate voices of other writers.

Students will be able to write an effective poem and identify elements of poetry, such as image, enjambment, and tone.

Students will be able to break the conventions of language and narrative.

Students will be able to perform in front of an audience of their peers in a dramatically effective and compelling way.

 

This workshop fuses all of our Elementary and Middle school workshops into one, taking self-expression as its organizing principle. Students will learn and implement a variety of skills necessary to express themselves effectively in three different mediums: writing, speech, and visual art.

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Additional Features

Published chapbook of all students’ writing

InkBeat Arts Self-Expression Certificate

 
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Objectives

Students will be able to create full, complex, and original character profiles.


Students will be able to identify and easily recognize character dimensions.


Students will be able to create and develop their own complex fictional character with a driving desire.


Students will be able to deploy detailed imagery to improve the effectiveness of their writing.


Students will be able to write effective and engaging dialogue.

 

This course will take students through the steps of developing a convincing and interesting character. Students will be introduced to the crucial elements of character development, such as the character's central desire, background, and dimension, and will practice implementing these elements in relation to their character.

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Additional Features

Published chapbook of all students’ writing

InkBeat Arts Writing Essentials Certificate

Continued Activities in Beijing Student Arts Community

 
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Objectives

Students will learn how to identify tone, pacing, and voice(s) in literature.

Students will be able to write a poem using word choice, imagery, tone, sound, structure, and form to greater effect.

Students will be able to write an effective, compelling, and dynamic image.

Students will be able to imitate other writers' voices, syntax, and style.

Students will be able to identify the driving question behind a plot, create interesting characters, and outline a story.

Students will be able to give constructive criticism.

Students will be able to revise their writing to make it more effective.

 

It is one thing to know how to write poetry; it is quite another to feel the urgency that drives the writing of poetry. This course will give students a new appreciation for poetry by giving them hands-on practice with all of the key elements of the craft. Not only will students become more confident and inspired writers, they will also be more capable critical readers. Indeed, there is no better way to grasp text analysis than to put yourself in the shoes of the writer—and that is what this course will do.

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Additional Features

Published chapbook of all students’ writing

InkBeat Arts Writing Essentials Certificate

Continued Activities in Beijing Student Arts Community

 
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Objectives

Students will learn how to identify tone, pacing, and voice(s) in literature.

Students will be able to write a poem using word choice, imagery, tone, sound, structure, and form to greater effect.

Students will be able to write an effective, compelling, and dynamic image.

Students will be able to imitate other writers' voices, syntax, and style.

Students will be able to identify the driving question behind a plot, create interesting characters, and outline a story.

Students will be able to give constructive criticism.

Students will be able to revise their writing to make it more effective.

 

The Writing Foundations course takes elements from all of our workshop courses and combines them into a single course. This course is meant to introduce the fundamentals of creative writing in any style, and, more importantly, to spark an interest in the activity of reading and writing creatively.

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Additional Features

Published chapbook of all students’ writing

InkBeat Arts Writing Essentials Certificate

Continued Activities in Beijing Student Arts Community

 
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Objectives

Students will be able to use pencil, paint, and other artistic mediums to tell a story.

Students will be able to identify and create an image, metaphor, stanza, and poetic line.

Students will be able to speak and write about visual elements using figurative language.

Students will be able to represent the same idea using language, visual art, and body movement.

Students will understand the use and meaning of symbols.

Student will be able to revise and edit their work for exhibition and publication.

Students will be able to give their peers constructive feedback for editing their work.

 

This course will be focused on creating new possibilities for art and writing through a combination of both disciplines. Students will be guided through writing and artistic processes to create a piece of art that combines visual art and written elements.

 

Students will practice and become well-versed in a variety of forms of artistic expression, as well as communication skills, independent learning, and critical thinking about their own work and that of others.

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Teaching Team


Amalya Megerman is a visual artist and teaching consultant at Atlas Education. She studied anthropology, visual arts, and Chinese language and culture at Princeton University, and was awarded the Herbert L. Lucas Award in sculpture upon graduation. While at university, she also wrote and performed poetry with Princeton's Ellipses Slam Team.

 

Simon Shieh 思茂 is a poet whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in literary journals such as Grist, Kartika Review, CALAMITY, Aztec Literary Review, and others. Simon lives in Beijing, where he is the Director of InkBeat Arts, an organization dedicated to empowering young people through artistic expression, and the Writer in Residence at the International School of Beijing 北京顺义国际学校. Simon is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Spittoon Literary Magazine and Beijing Youth Literary Review 北京青少年文学. He has a BA in Literature and taught for two years at China Foreign Affairs University 外交学院 as a Princeton in Asia fellow.

 
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Objectives

Students will be able to use pencil, paint, and other artistic mediums to tell a story.

Students will be able to identify and create an image, metaphor, stanza, and poetic line.

Students will be able to speak and write about visual elements using figurative language.

Students will be able to represent the same idea using language, visual art, and body movement.

Students will understand the use and meaning of symbols.

Student will be able to revise and edit their work for exhibition and publication.

Students will be able to give their peers constructive feedback for editing their work.

 

This course will be focused on creating new possibilities for art and writing through a combination of both disciplines. Students will be guided through writing and artistic processes to create a piece of art that combines visual art and written elements.

 

Students will practice and become well-versed in a variety of forms of artistic expression, as well as communication skills, independent learning, and critical thinking about their own work and that of others.

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Teaching Team


Amalya Megerman is a visual artist and teaching consultant at Atlas Education. She studied anthropology, visual arts, and Chinese language and culture at Princeton University, and was awarded the Herbert L. Lucas Award in sculpture upon graduation. While at university, she also wrote and performed poetry with Princeton's Ellipses Slam Team.

 

Simon Shieh 思茂 is a poet whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in literary journals such as Grist, Kartika Review, CALAMITY, Aztec Literary Review, and others. Simon lives in Beijing, where he is the Director of InkBeat Arts, an organization dedicated to empowering young people through artistic expression, and the Writer in Residence at the International School of Beijing 北京顺义国际学校. Simon is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Spittoon Literary Magazine and Beijing Youth Literary Review 北京青少年文学. He has a BA in Literature and taught for two years at China Foreign Affairs University 外交学院 as a Princeton in Asia fellow.