Summer 2019 Classes

The Basic Writing classes are prerequisites for online literature-based writing classes AND they are highly recommended for students who will be enrolling in onsite literature-based writing classes.


Fun With Grammar

Instructor: TBA

DATE & TIMES: Wed., June 12 - August 7, (no class July 3rd) 8 classes

12:15 - 1:30PM

LOCATION: Orangevale First Baptist Church

8998 Central Ave. Orangevale, CA 95662

GRADES: 4th - 8th

PRICE: $150

Class Description:

What student will not benefit from extra instruction and practice with understanding and applying grammar rules?  Surprisingly, this can even be fun.  Your children will learn from the instruction of proper grammar rules.  Then they will have a blast playing games to practice the concepts they learn.  Minimal homework will be optional.


Basic Writing Level 1 & 2

Instructor: TBA

DATE & TIMES: Wed., June 12 - August 7 (no class on July 3)

12:15 - 1:30PM

LOCATION: Orangevale First Baptist Church

8998 Central Ave. Orangevale, CA 95662

GRADES: 5th - 12th

PRICE: $150

Class Description:

Writing simply does not need to be as complex as everyone makes it.  In this class, students will learn basic, practical steps and strategies necessary to writing a paragraph and/or essay. When utilized, these tools provide the opportunity for students to succeed in their writing assignments. 

These classes are a prerequisite for any student who plans to enroll in a literature-based writing class, both online and onsite.

The Writing with Kris handbook is also required for all students taking this class.  The handbook is available in the “store” tab of the website (www.writingwithkris.com).  This is a downloadable document, so be sure to save it to your computer.

Minimal homework is recommended.


Basic Writing Level 1

Instructor: Sheila Bradley

DATE & TIMES: Mon. thru Thurs. – 9:00-10:15

June 17-20 OR July 15-18

LOCATION: Online

GRADES: 4th - 7/8th

PRICE: $100  (total of 5 hours of instruction)

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Basic Writing Level 1

Instructor: Sheila Bradley

DATES & TIMES: Mon. thru Thurs. – 11-12:15PM

June 17-20 OR July 15-18

LOCATION: Online

GRADES: 8th- 12th

PRICE: $100 (total of 5 hours of instruction)

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Basic Writing Level 2

Instructor: Sheila Bradley

DATES & TIMES: Mon.  thru Thurs. – 9:00-10:15

       June 24-27 OR July 22-25

LOCATION:        Online

GRADES: 4th - 7/8th

PRICE:    $100 (5 hours of instruction)

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Basic Writing Level 2

Instructor: Sheila Bradley

DATES & TIMES: Mon. thru Thurs. 11-12:15PM

June 24-27 OR July 22-25

LOCATION: Online

GRADES: 8th - 12th

PRICE:   $100 (5 hours of instruction)

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High School Research Writing Class

Instructor: Nathan McQueen

DATES & TIMES: June 20 - July 25 (5 weeks, No class week of July 4th)

Thurs. 1-3PM

LOCATION: Online

GRADES: 9th - 12th

PRICE: $200

Class Description:

In this course, students will learn about research basics such as where to look for information and how to determine if a source is credible or not. Students will conduct, evaluate and integrate college level research for different types of essays, learning how to integrate and cite those sources according to MLA and APA formatting as well. By the end of this class, students will have a strong foundation on research tactics, types of reliable materials, avoiding plagiarism and proper formatting to be successful in any college class.


High School Writing About Film Class

Instructor: Nathan McQueen

DATES & TIMES: June 18 - July 23 (5 weeks, No class on week of July 4th)

LOCATION: TBA

GRADES: 9th - 12th

PRICE: $200

Class Description:

Film has been one of the most influential art forms of the past 100 years and has taken narrative storytelling in new and exciting directions. In addition, film has given a voice to a variety of underrepresented people and brought to light historical events most people would otherwise not have known occurred.

In this class, students will learn to write about film. By citing specific scenes and understanding how the different filmmaking elements can contribute to telling the story, students will examine films to identify symbolism and meaning and see how films can have just as much to say as novels and books. Possible films include The Breadwinner, Hotel Rwanda, A Better Life and others.


Poetry Writing Class

Instructor: Nicole Larson

DATES & TIMES: Wed. 9:30-11:30

June 12, 19, 26, July (no class on 3rd), 10

LOCATION:  8998 Central Ave. Orangevale, CA

(Skype available for online students)

GRADES: 4th-10th

PRICE: $120

Class Description:

In this class we will be discussing what poetry is, different types of poetry, and the many stylistic elements it contains. Possible types of poetry we will explore are as follows: the haiku, cinquain, limerick, tanka, found poems, free verse, and more. We will look at imagery, similes and metaphors, the rhythm of poetry, different types of rhyming, and the emotional component of poetry. There will be many group activities, exploring of famous poets, and opportunities to share.


Narrative (Story) Writing Class

Instructor: Meagan Stanley

DATES & TIMES: Wed. 9:30AM -11:30AM

      July 17, 24, 31, Aug. 7

LOCATION:      8998 Central Ave., Orangevale, CA  95662

(Skype available for online students)

GRADES: 4th-10th

PRICE: $120

Class Description:

Explore the foundations of narrative writing, the art form that has been practiced from the beginning of human history.  Countless worlds, characters, and stories are still waiting to be created!  In this course students will:

·      Learn the basic structure and components of a story

·      Develop a writing voice that is unique to each individual

·      Examine how to write dialogue, setting, and characters

·    “Read stories to strengthen one’s understanding of narrative writing (potential stories include Homer Price, Misty of Chincoteague, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

·      Create original stories of varying genres