Writing

Lisa Mitzel is a professional writer, consultant, and instructor. She is delighted to offer assistance on your projects – business or personal. Another joy is working with kids and teens, developing them as writers and avid learners.  See 2014 Camps, Workshops, and Tutoring, below… 

Lisa Looks up

Lisa is dynamic. As an NCAA National Champion gymnast, former Stanford coach, and published writer and speaker, she knows how to impact her students. With an MFA in Writing, she has taught and consulted for over 10 years for youth and adults. She balances traditional teaching with interactive methods, creative exercises, and open dialogue. For essays, students learn structure, compelling language, and how to prove facts. In creative writing, they use props, food, drawing, and developing character profiles. Stories & scenes are created with vivid descriptions & sensory details. Each lesson stretches the writer. Contact Lisa to discuss your needs. She’s happy to meet up or talk by phone! Write to: heymitz@gmail.com.

2014 Camps, Workshops, and Tutoring

Big Fun Writing ~ students learn, write, and have fun!

Essay Writing Workshops, 2 hrs – $60Everything-s-an-Argument-with-Readings-9780312447502

May 2014
Mon. May 5:  6 – 8 pm – Middle school
Wed. May 7:  6 – 8 pm – HS

June 2014
Mon. Jun 9:  6 – 8 pm – Middle school
Wed. Jun 11: 6 – 8 pm – HS
Mon. Jun 16: 6 – 8 pm – Middle school
Wed. Jun 18: 6 – 8 pm – HS

July 2014
Mon. Jul 7: 6 – 8 pm – Middle school
Wed. Jul 9: 6 – 8 pm – HS
more dates coming—check LisaMitzel.com/writing

Brainstorm! Practice Best Techniques!

  • Grab attention from the first line – start the essay with a bang!
  • What is a Thesis Statement? Create controversy, a strong point you can prove
  • Paragraph structure & proving statements
  • Conclusions – re-state TS with conviction 
  • Strategies for Timed Essays – brainstorm quick, short outlines 
  • Editing tips for a powerful paper 
  • *HS: Citations & college-essay standardsgirl writer at camp

(*HS – for High School students)

Creative Writing Workshops, 2 hrs – $60

May 2014
Mon. May 12: 6 – 8 pm – Middle school
Wed. May  14: 6 – 8 pm – HS
*inquire about more dates if interested…

INQUIRY & REGISTRATION MATERIALSemail: heymitz@gmail.com

Creative Writing Camps, 5 mornings – $225

June & July 2014
Jun 9 – 13: 9 am – 12 pm  –  gr 4 – 8
Jun 16 – 20: 9 am – 12 pm – gr 4 – 8
July 7 – 11:  9 am – 12 pm –  gr 4 – 8
July 14 – 18: 9 am – 12 pm – gr 4 – 8

*inquire about more dates if interested…

Example – Camp CurriculumBoys Writg Camp.Butts
Character 1 – appearance, behavior, thoughts, speech
Character 2 – flaws, complexity & personal history
Details – five senses, concrete vs. abstract
Action – active verbs, passive verbs, excellent use of verbs
Dialogue – style, word choice, pattern, tags
Plot & Storyboard – create ‘events,’ build tension, twists, surprises
Learn different genres – fiction, non-fiction, essay, poetry, comic book stories, and more.

Critiques &Tutoring Available Year-round

$60 – $95 per hour

INQUIRY & REGISTRATION MATERIALS – email: heymitz@gmail.com

Lisa uses award-winning fiction and master-level textbooks to teach excellent writing techniques. Jacket.aspx

Canning Season

What do they say about Lisa and her programs?

Parents Say:

“Thanks for creating such a fun camp idea.”

                          Karen

I’m so glad he wants to go! He was already making up stories at the dinner table! 

                         Melissa

Kids Say: 

“I know what book I’m going to bring.”

                        Jack

“Man, this is way better than my other camp.”

                      Matthew

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