Writing Classes for Home Schoolers and Other Aspiring Writers at East Line Books

by Sandra Foyt on September 14, 2010

in Enrichment Ideas

clifton_park_writing_class East Line Books will once again host writing classes for homeschoolers at its location in Clifton Park, NY. As I mentioned in a previous post, we can’t say enough good things about the writing programs run by Robyn Ringler and Tammy Robinson.

I will say that my eleven year old son can’t wait for his writing class to start. Never thought I’d say that when he was a reluctant writer just a few years ago!

Classes for Home Schoolers

Finding Your Voice: A Clear Path to Writing What You Mean

(An 8-week course for Grades 5-8)

Fridays, Sept. 24 & Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & Nov. 5 & 12

10:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Instructor: Tammy Robinson, Masters in Education, Certified Teacher

Cost: $120 plus $5 for materials to create anthology of student work. (See photo above for an example from a Historical Fiction Class run last fall.)

Using a variety of in-class readings and ideation and organizational techniques, participants will pursue the completion of 2 polished works of  2 different genres of their choice.  Pieces will be reviewed by their peers and in individual conferences with the instructor. A special focus will be given to polishing texts and expanding works to meet their intended purpose through the process of revision.  An anthology of the student works will be compiled at the end of class.

Gift Writing: Creating Texts to Celebrate Those You Love

A 6-week class for Grades 3-6

Tuesdays, Nov. 16, 23, 30 & Dec. 7, 14 & 21

12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Instructor:  Tammy Robinson, Masters in Education, Certified Teacher

Cost: $80 plus $10 materials fee

From love poems to treasured memories participants will create gift books to give to family and friends.  Pieces will be reviewed by their peers and in individual conferences with the instructor. A special focus will be given to polishing texts and expanding works to meet their intended purpose through the process of revision.  Participants will create a finished book decorated and polished, individualized and filled with meaningful texts to share. Just in time for the holiday!

But wait! There’s more!

The Art of the College Application Essay

Classes for High School Juniors & Seniors held privately for the individual at a mutually convenient time.

Instructor: Robyn Ringler

$85 includes three meetings and continued follow-up until the essay is complete In this class, you will learn to write a college essay that is original and compelling—one that makes you stand out.  You will explore topics, learn how to present ideas in clear, engaging language, learn the best way to structure your essay, and, most important, learn how to revise (and revise and revise) your essay until it reaches its full potential.

The Art of Creative Journaling

Tuesday, Sept. 28th or Wednesday, Nov. 10th,10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Instructor:  Robyn Ringler

Cost: $30

For all writers, beginners through advanced (If you have taken this class before, feel free to take it again as all the material will be fresh and different each time it is offered.)

"Keeping a journal is becoming an increasingly popular and satisfying activity.  Its uses range from the practical to the personal.  It is an invaluable tool for…writers.  It is an intimate, deeply honest form of expression often recommended by therapists as a means of self exploration.  It can be a …forum for a conversation with oneself to explore aspirations as well as problems….It can be a secret best friend"–Anne Hazard Aldrich

In this class, we will learn to get rid of obstacles to journal writing and quiet any fear we may have of the writing process.  We’ll explore our inner selves through writing prompts and exercises and will learn to use journal writing to strengthen our understanding of ourselves.

How To Write the Memoir:

A 6-Week Course, Wednesdays, Sept. 15, 22, 29 & Oct. 6, 13,& 20

10 a.m. to 12 noon OR 6-8 p.m.

Instructor:  Robyn Ringler

Cost:  $125

For Beginners through Advanced Writers

Do you want to write a personal essay or memoir about your life?  Your difficult childhood or perhaps your heritage, with memories of aunts, uncles, grandparents, and on and on and on?  What do you do with all these memories?  How can you possibly put them on the page?  WHERE DO YOU START AND HOW DO YOU MOVE FORWARD??

This 6-week course  will focus on how to get you started, how to put your own story on the page.  It will help you approach stories in your head that are so big, they seem impossible to write down.  Robyn will teach you the skills you need to make your stories smaller and  more approachable.  She will help you move forward in your writing with skills that will help you approach any topic. This is an invaluable and many have said "life-changing" class.


A 6-WEEK COURSE, September 16th – October 21st, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Instructor: Robyn Ringler

Cost: $125

Open to Beginners and Intermediate Writers

In this class, we will have fun using our imaginations while covering the craft elements of fiction including character, plot, point of view, description, dialogue, setting, pacing, voice, and theme.  Our goal will be to write a short story, learning invaluable skills and strategies along the way.  This is an introductory class which can accomodate both those who are new to writing and those who have already written fiction. You will also learn how and where to market your work.



1714 Rt. 9

Clifton Park, NY

Interested? For more information, call Robyn Ringler at 518-371-4151 or e-mail her at RLDSR12@aol.com.  You can also visit her website at ww.eastlinebooks.vpweb.com.

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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