American Girl fans from across the country – or even across the world – can come together in a fun summer camp! I will be holding a Truly Me American Girl Writing & Acting Virtual Summer Camp on Outschool.

Join me to make new friends, practice writing strategies to create your own Truly Me doll story, and film your own Truly Me doll movie trailer or commercial! Some students have also experimented with Stop Motion for their final projects.

Each day we do acting warm ups, get to know each other more, and build connections with new friends around the country.

Monday through Wednesday, we will be listening to stories from the Rebecca, Maryellen, and Kit BeForever books, comparing and contrasting them to our own lives, and using that comparison to help write your own story. We will work on brainstorming strategies, drafting a story, adding detail, and telling more. There will be time for the author’s chair so YOU get the chance to share your story with new friends and classmates!

Thursday, we will look at example trailers and commercials, create a storyboard, and work on writing a commercial or trailer script.

Trailers or commercials will be sent to me before Friday when we will get to watch each other’s videos at a fun premiere party and celebration of our week together!

It’s exciting to lead a class that uses so many of my passions and interests. For years as a blogger and YouTuber, I have collaborated with the American Girl company. When I was a child, this company inspired my love of history. Later that passion led me to major in history at Flagler College in St. Augustine, the oldest city in America. History matters now more than ever. I’ve found that students are very interested in sharing their experiences of living through current events in their doll’s story.

My teaching background helps all students gain academic skills from the experience. I have a Master of Education in Elementary Education from Vanderbilt. I’m a certified teacher in ESOL, Elementary Education, and Middle Grades Social Studies. Since I’ve worked in 2nd grade, 4th grade, and 6th grade, I know how to work with different age groups.

This class uses my creative background. Before teaching, I was an actress in commercials, and I was an actress, producer, casting director, and publicist in movies. Today I continue to promote movies. As a writer, I’ve written over 1000 articles online and in magazines. One of my most exciting writing experiences was being flown to Los Angeles the cover the red carpet premiere of Disney’s ‘Coco,’ and interviewing all the creators, filmmakers, and actors.

I have two young daughters who are huge AG fans and collectors. They’ve helped give some feedback on the class, so I know it’s kid-approved. Plus the class has all 5-star reviews from students who have taken the class!

My classes are selling out fast. To meet this high demand, I am making more sessions, but make sure to sign up quickly to get a spot!

You can sign up on Outschool here.

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3 Responses

  1. Elizabeth Callis

    Theresa, this is such an awesome idea! I think it’s so important for young kids to be exposed to creativity and drama from an early age. I’m an amateur filmmaker, and my dolls are my actors. It did my heart good to see you have a similar experience available for kids!

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