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Creative Writing Collaborative

For Young Authors Ages 7 - 14

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Can you feel it? The sun has emerged and summer is right around the corner! For many children, summertime is when books collect dust and the “break” begins. While fun and refreshing, this break has downsides: it can lead to the dreaded summer brain drain — a time when learning and engagement decide to hibernate until fall.

The Creative Writing Collaborative is a 6-week interactive online creative writing course for ages 7 - 14. It was designed to inspire students to write creatively, to strengthen their writing skills and understanding, as well as to provide opportunities to collaborate with their peers using Professor Qwbli’s unique play-based methods.

Students will collaboratively create a published book that will be printed and given to each student upon completion of the course. Copies of the book will also be available at Professor Qwbli's and available on our upcoming online store. 100% of the proceeds from the sales go directly to the young authors and contributors of the book.

WHEN: JULY 10 - AUGUST 14

Help avoid summer brain drain and sharpen your child’s writing skills with Professor Qwbli’s summer online Creative Writing Collaborative! The Creative Writing Collaborative! is a fantastic way to improve your child’s writing proficiency and creative thought while engaging and challenging them with a fun, interactive experience.

The Creative Writing Collaborative! helps students unlock their writing potential to become more creative, convincing, and compelling writers. Writing is a fantastic way for children of all ages to learn more about who they are, what they like and dislike, their interests, as well as their thoughts and feelings. It’s also a healthy and creative outlet that keeps your children sharp!


Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Creative Writing Collaborative?
The Creative Writing Collaborative is an interactive online writing course. It was designed to inspire students to write creatively, to strengthen their writing skills and understanding, as well as to provide opportunities to collaborate with their peers using Professor Qwbli’s unique play-based methods. Students will be collaboratively creating a published book that will be printed and given to each student upon completion of the course. Alternative versions of the book using non-winning chapter submissions will be available to the students as well.
Who was the Creative Writing Collaborative created for?
The Creative Writing Collaborative was inspired by our Young Author Workshop and parents’ desires for fun and unique ways to keep their children’s brains engaged over the summer. Our first CWC is for children ages 7 - 14; however, we will soon have options for writers of all ages! Ages: 7 - 14
When does the course meet?
The Creative Writing Collaborative is a 6-week online course that results in a published book created collaboratively by its students. Each course class will post on Monday morning. Although there are certain deadlines, students have the flexibility to complete course work when best fits their busy summer schedule. Course Dates: July 10 - August 14, 2017
How does the Creative Writing Collaborative fit Professor Qwbli’s play-based mission?
Professor Qwbli’s mission is to help develop tomorrow’s great thinkers, problem solvers, innovators and leaders by harnessing the power of play. The Creative Writing Collaborative will stimulate and inspire students to create written works of art by using our unique writing prompts that incorporate many of the games we use in our enrichment programs. The elements, characters, and plot of the book created by students in the Creative Writing Collaborative will incorporate the ideas, concepts or inspiration provided by games such as Rory’s Story Cubes, Dixit or XOOM Cubes. Creative writing is about using one's unique thoughts and ideas to create and solve problems for the characters of a story. Creativity is at the heart of innovation and leaders are those individuals who are able to identify and solve problems and innovate. This is our mission.
I am very concerned with online security. Is the Creative Writing Collaborative safe for my child?
The Creative Writing Collaborative is hosted on the Teachable platform. Teachable is a worldwide leader in online course management. With that comes the responsibility of being a worldwide leader in security. Teachable features a 2048-bit SSL certificate that keeps your students' information secure while they are on or offline. The course discussion forum in ONLY accessible by students of the course via their secure user name and password, as well as the course instructor.
How do students and parents communicate with the teacher?
The course features a Discussion Forum for students and parents to ask questions and communicate with the course teacher and fellow classmates. Students and parents can contact the teacher by email or messaging them through the Teachable system.
Can I buy extra copies of the book created by the students?
Included in the cost of the course is one printed copy of the course book created collaboratively by its students. Additional copies may be purchased. That information will be provided upon completion of the course. Additionally, we have discovered that it is fun to create alternate versions of the book theme/title by compiling many of the chapter entries not included in the original book. These will be made available online at no cost. A printed copy may also be purchased.

Your Instructor


J. Pine
J. Pine

J. Pine is using the power of play to develop tomorrow’s great thinkers, problem-solvers, innovators and leaders by harnessing the power of play. J. is the Founder of Play With Purpose & Professor Qwbli's. He has over 25 years of educational experience, including classroom experience as a teacher in Chicago Public Schools, 20+ years experience in after-school programming and extensive experience in curriculum development. J. has also started and run successful small ventures, including leading the education initiative for a leading national toy and game retailer. He has a BS in Education and a Masters in Applied Professional Studies from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

In addition to speaking at various educational events across the country and hosting professional development events, he also has a series of play-based learning curriculum books releasing in 2017 and has created an online play-based learning community (Qwbli.net) for teachers to share, collaborate, create and discover play-based learning resources. Qwbli.net is scheduled to launch in Fall of 2017.

After spending five years in Southern California J. has return to his roots in the Midwest and is now loving living in his hometown, Traverse City, Michigan, with his wife Aneta and their two children - daughter JuJu & son Cubbie.


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