WordUpKids is about students finding a voice of their own.

Online Classes


All children have something to say. When they’re heard and acknowledged, their self-esteem grows. When they’re encouraged to freely write down their thoughts and feelings their ability to express themselves grows.  It’s as simple as that.


WORD UP KIDS classes offer proven, fun, creative processes that teach kids naturally to get in touch with the thoughts and feelings already inside themselves.

In a typical Word Up Kids class, students are given non-threatening fun challenges and the tools to take them on.  With every hurdle they clear, every challenge they successfully overcome, their enjoyment and ability to express themselves in writing grows. Their confidence grows even more.


In the face of so many creative school programs for children being dropped for the sake of economy – at the expense of our children – the need for creative programs for kids is greater than ever before.

We  believe that a child’s confidence in his or her ability to write, along with the tools learned in every Word Up Kids class, are essential to future educational, social and personal success.


We have found that by learning to share a creative, personal part of themselves, kids grow in their capacity to empathize with, and validate, each other. Does this sound like we’re giving our kids tools to build better lives and a better world?  We believe it does.

How the Course is Structured

  • Weekly Classes – Each week, students work on their expressive writing skills through the following:
    • Captivating pre-recorded videos that kick off the week’s lesson.
    • Writing assignments and exercises focusing on building the creative process and reducing writer’s block.
    • Live online courses with Craig and other students in which the week’s projects are shared and discussed.
  • Creative Journal – Students will be asked to keep a journal of creative writing entries, both to use as a reference point in beginning writing assignments and to encourage the validity of their voice.
  • Published Group “Chat Book” – At the end of the course, each student will become a published writer! Craig and the kids will put together a collection of their writings to be formally published, validating each kid’s hard work and effort in a tangible fashion.
  • Private Tutoring – For any kid who may need or want a little extra guidance in finding their voice, Craig is available for private tutoring sessions.


Our motto is, If you can talk, you can write.

Our method is learner-centered. We do not give the children writing prompts, but rather, we teach the children a creative process to discover their own prompts. To borrow a cliché, we don’t feed the children fish, we teach them to fish.


Word Up Kids is based on the pedagogy of the Los Angeles poet/educator Jack Grapes. Grapes created Method Writing: The Craft of the Invisible Form, an organic approach to the creative process. It has been adapted and modified as a way for children to find their deep, authentic voice. The method does not deal with traditional approaches to writing that emphasize brainstorming. Rather, it focuses on truth and organic process. It deals with the inner voice and how it can be used to create unique works of art, true to each student’s own voice and style, true to their own vision and point of view, true to their own life experience—whether writing poems, stories, plays, non-fiction, etc.

Mastering this creative process has a major impact on a young student’s writing. Finding the deep voice within, learning to use its tonal dynamics, and the ability to write from the right side of the brain are the most significant skills any student can possess as a writer. Although this all sounds a bit advanced for a grade school child, the proof is in the pudding. Children find their true voice, and learn a technique that allows them to reach their reader with a compelling voice


Parents & Teachers Love Us


“My daughter did not speak a work of English, when 3 years ago we moved from Italy to live in Los Angeles. I was amazed at seeing all the progress made possible for her thanks to Word Up Kids. Your program has supported her confidence with the English language. Writing can be fun, when you learn ways to express yourself and your feelings, and I am seeing her achieving that now in both languages, English and Italian. That makes me very happy. She always finds time to sit down and write, and she loves it! And she is only 8, what a great start!”

Paola De Faveri


“Word Up Kids classes show students how to get their ideas and thoughts down on paper in a structured and organized way. The students can’t wait for their weekly session and they have learned so much about the process of writing.”

Dina Sokoloff

4th Grade Teacher

“Thank you for all of the wonderful work that you have done with my daughter. I never thought learning online could be so powerful. Your tips & guidance is truly priceless.”

Angela Lee


“My son Michael has just come to the US 6 months ago. His English fluency, especially writing proficiency, was lacking. I am thankful to you for helping Michael to have an enjoyable experience in writing. You should be proud for keeping up such a wonderful culture in the community!”




Method Writing - Online

Writing in a creative way is talked about in schools. But no one teaches you HOW to do it. Method Writing teaches children and teens the craft of writing. It’s a simple, profound approach to the creative process, a way of discovering their deep, true voice. The class is conducted like a Little Red School House. In any given class there will be students at different stages in the process. Every class begins with students reading aloud something they wrote during the week, followed by feedback and an explanation of the exercise for the upcoming week.

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Facing THe College Essay - Online

The big secret to writing a winning college essay is telling a compelling story about the character-shaping moments in your life. Most college essay writing workshops & books tell you this. But most do not tell you WHERE to find those moments, and HOW to render them in a way that stays with the reader after they’ve put the essay down. This class will. Using the technique of Method Writing created by Los Angeles poet Jack Grapes, your teen will become a master storyteller in a very short amount of time. We’ll help them get into college (and become a more self-aware person in the process.)

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Private Class On Location And Online

Weekly Private Lesson: At-Home or Live Online
$120 1 hour
$150 1 ½ hours

Workshop in Private Residence (6 weeks, 1 hour per session)
$210 (5+ students)
$240 (4 students)
$270 (3 students)
$360 (2 students)

Contact For More Information

EMAIL: craig@wordupkids.com
PHONE: (310) 456-4770
MAIL: 169 N. Clark Drive Suite D, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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