“Inspired writing is a mix of formal writing instruction and the art and heart that makes the written word so beautiful and powerful,” describes teacher, Amy Burle, “We are learning from poetry, fiction, and non-fiction; classics and contemporary writing, too. I hope my students will improve their skills with the mechanics and ‘how to’s’ of writing well, but more than that, I want them to fall in love with the magic of writing. I want them to find their own voice, exercise their gift, and believe in their own ability to write.”
Amy fell in love with storytelling before the craft of writing. “My grandmother used to make up stories about Hansel and Gretel. I thought she had read them somewhere. When I asked, she told me she was just making them up off the top of her head. My whole world blew open. I already loved to read. I had no idea that anyone could write. I was about ten years old. I’ve been writing ever since.
“I am thrilled to teach several other writing classes as well, Make Me a Story for 1st-3rd graders, where we learn the art of storytelling through art and craft. The best part is listening to the stories the kids tell. I also teach two Writing Well classes, 4th-6th grades, and 6th-8th grades. These are more writing instruction on grammar and mechanics, but I love to get the kids laughing with funny stories and games; Writing Well can actually be fun!”