BECAUSE WRITING SHOULD EDUCATE, ENLIGHTEN, & ENTERTAIN
“I’m so thankful that you were teaching…your classes were awesome.”
“Your class was awesome and I felt right at home…”
“Thank you for providing such an entertaining class!”
Natasha proved to be very organized, extremely competent, and she has an excellent rapport with students and staff. Her contribution to my class has been student driven, curriculum based and very much appreciated.
~ George Diduck, Teacher
Natasha has led classroom sessions, from kindergarten to grade six, teaching students the craft of effectively communicating thoughts into a story format. She was engaging, humorous, and very skilled in her teachings.
~ Trish Kolotyluk, Principal
Writing, even though it’s pen and paper, keyboard and screen, is–in my opinion–a multidisciplinary, textured thing. It’s about reading, listening to music, looking at the world around us and seeing how story is everywhere.
When it comes to teaching, for me, it’s about marrying creativity with discipline, structure with flexibility. My classes have used everything from posters to commercials, songs to random items in the room to come up with our writing.
See below for a partial listing of some of the types of instruction I offer. If you’re interested in booking a session (or a series of sessions), please email me at natasha @ natashadeen (dot) com.
SCHOOL BASED SESSIONS TIE INTO THE ALBERTA CURRICULUM AND ARE DIFFERENTIATED SO EACH STUDENT CAN BE SUCCESSFUL AT HIS/HER LEVEL.
Kindergarten – Grade 2
When you’re little, it’s all about honing your magnificent ideas into a coherent story that follows plot and chronology. Using simple techniques and wrapping them in a fun, energetic session, we work as a group, figuring out our characters and our problem, and taking our story from “Once upon a time” to “The end.”
We’re a little older and now is a great time to get into right brain creativity and abstract thinking. We’ll write an individual story and get one-on-one help with plot and description.
These sessions are simplified so little ones with big imaginations can easily grasp the concepts.
DIVISION TWO, JUNIOR HIGH, AND HIGH SCHOOL
There are so many glorious places to go with fiction. We can take a character and show how his personality can change depending on the setting, or we can use simple things like color to work on descriptive writing. Let’s not forget how flexible and transient words can be–we can take them, twist them, and use associations to creep out our readers or make them laugh with delight.
Examples of the types of writing: 3D characters, how plot/character/description influence each other, genre writing, urban legends.
Writing reality doesn’t have to take the “fun” out of functional. It’s about passion, using words to reflect truth and opinion, and it’s a vibrant, exciting thing.Using high interest ideas and props, let’s see how we can use the story template (character, setting, plot, description) to write reality!
Examples of the types of writing: newspaper articles, essays, opinion pieces, creative non-fiction.
Thinking of a memoir? Wanting to write a fairy tale about your grand kids or a swash-buckling adventure to delight adult readers? These sessions will take you through from: what is a story, is there a story formula (and if so, what is it?), all the way through to creating three-dimensional characters and tight plots.
She not only knows her craft from the ground up, she also knows how to teach these things. Her passion appears in her own writing works, and in her drive to help students succeed with guidance, structure, and encouragement.
~Barbara North, Playwright
Natasha is a joy to work with. She has a lot of spirit and a quick, creative mind. Her insights and knowledge have tremendously improved my writing.
~Alicia Dean, author of Heart of the Witch
Natasha’s grasp of the world of writing makes her a riveting teacher. With her eye for detail and encouraging manner, her critiques are spot on and always helpful.
~Johanna Riley, author of Kiss Me by Moonlight