Witty Writers


*This course is intended for lower elementary students


Class Schedule

Tuesdays 9:00-9:50 am PST

August 20, August 27, September 3, September 10, September 17, September 24


Note: Classes are listed in PST, click below to convert time to your time zone.

Course Overview

For some students, writing can feel arduous. Getting ideas on paper can be much more challenging than sharing ideas verbally, and the act of writing becomes much more of a prescribed chore than a creative, fun outlet. In this class, we are going to try to change that!

We are going to explore authors who utilize writing and language in a witty and unusual way, invoking both humor and social commentary in their work. By analyzing the structure and formula of different pieces, we will change the typical approach to the writing process. Whether you are a student who loves creative writing or approaches writing with hesitation, this class will bring a new appreciation for language as form of communication that can be FUN!

Student Outcomes: 

  • Explore the etymology of unusual words, as well as authors who have created their own words in their writing
  • Examine the structure of short stories like "Fortunately," and apply the structure a unique writing piece
  • Compare and contrast different types of "witty" poetry both in content and structure
  • Exercise a growth mindset rooted in our beliefs about our own writing abilities and how process can support our varied learning styles

Student Experience

Creative Writer

Literary Analyst



Your Teacher: Katie Kelly

Katie Kelly has worked as a teacher and educational consultant for over 15 years in independent and public schools, including 7 years at the Nueva School in Hillsborough, CA. She received her Master’s in Elementary Education at USC Rossier School of Education with a Certification in Gifted Education . She has continued to be passionate about politics surrounding gifted education and the challenges of meeting the needs of gifted learners, and is currently the Director of Learning at Cresconova.