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Non-Fiction Global Ocean Awareness Contest – Creative Non-Fiction

This course is a series of eight one-on-one lessons wherein the student will actively draft, edit, and revise a piece of creative nonfiction that is submission ready for the Global Ocean Awareness Creative Writing Contest. During the course, the student will learn about the unique type of writing needed for many writing competitions and college essays, creative nonfiction. The student will break down the writing process and step-by-step work through each part of a successful essay, with focused lessons on introduction, body paragraphs, conclusions, and improving style, voice, tone, syntax, and diction. Readings will include sample winning essays, as well as various essays by writers on effective writing.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Create original short stories
  • Develop creative writing skills in narration, descriptive writing, and genre writing
  • Analyze short fiction for understanding
  • Draft and make significant revisions to their own work

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • An edited piece or pieces ready for submission to the competition
  • A clear understanding of what types of pieces have won in previous years
  • A plan for submitting their work to the specified contest
  • Good preparation for TOEFL and other standardized tests
  • Satisfies criteria for Knovva Academic Standards, based on IB, PISA, Cambridge, and Common Core standards
  • A Certificate of Completion from Knovva Academy and corresponding transcript


Morgan S., M.F.A.

B.F.A, New York University
M.F.A, University of Iowa
Writing Instructor at Knovva Academy

Morgan is a world class scholar who currently teaches English at the eminent Smith College, where her students are geared towards multilingual students. She is a prolific novelist and playwright whose plays have been produced in New York, London, California and Iowa. After earning her BFA at New York University and MFA at the University of Iowa, Morgan started her teaching career in the Peace Corps in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.

Marci D., Ed.M.

Senior Academic Advisor, Writing
Instructor, College Counselor at Knovva Academy

Marci Darling has worked in the field of education for more than thirty years. She has published four books, one of which reached #1 on Amazon. She has a Masters degree in Education from Harvard, a BA in English/Creative Writing from UCLA, and a Certificate in Novel Writing from Stanford.

Dr. Jesse H., Ph.D.

Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
Writing Instructor at Knovva Academy

Dr. Jesse has worked in secondary schools for 20+ years, and has helped hundreds of writers prepare for AP exams and college. She has experience teaching advanced coursework, including AP English Literature and Composition, AP Art History, Shakespeare, Creative Writing, Senior Internship courses, World Mythology, and all levels of English. Jesse has co-edited and had her own writing published in an art magazine, Flair , and edited several published novels.

Related Skills

  • English grammar
  • English vocabulary
  • Reading comprehension
  • Literary analysis
  • Drafting and revision
  • Receiving and applying feedback
  • Self-reflection
  • Critical thinking
  • Research
  • Brainstorming

Our Schedule


Global Ocean Awareness Contest
– Poetry &Spoken Word 8 Lessons

60 minutes per lesson

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