Bridge Academy

Psalm 32:8

English with Creative Writing

Teacher: Ashley Wilda (

Description: From contemporary to the fantastic, drama to poetry, comedy to songs, stories fill our world and grow in our hearts. Many of us love to read but don’t know how to express our own stories, real or imagined, although every one of us has the capability inside. This course will explore the world of creative writing, reading and creating widely, experimenting with the wonder of words. 

Required Texts:  
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
A Grief Observed - CS Lewis
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
The Sun and Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur
Felicity - Mary Oliver
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeline L’Engle
Wonderbook - Jeff Vandermeer
Steering the Craft - Ursula K LeGuin

Pre-Requisites: Because we want our students to have an experience that allows for their writing skills to be taken to the next level, a writing sample is required for placement into any high school level English course. If you are interested in your student enrolling in this course and your student is currently enrolled at Bridge Academy, they may see Alicia Collins to complete and submit their writing sample during Bridge Academy regular hours at their convenience. If you wish your student to take this course but they are not enrolled at Bridge Academy, please contact Alicia Collins at to set up an appointment to have your student complete and submit their writing sample. 

Copy/Supply fee: $35.00 (check written to Ashley Wilda due at Orientation by 9/1/2020) 

Annual tuition: $410.00 ($41.00/month for 10 months, August – May or $45.56/month if prorated)

revised 7/27/2020

Ashley Wilda

B.A. in English / MFA in Creative Writing

Ashley Wilda is a writer, teacher, and artist living in Richmond, VA. Having attended the University of Richmond and the Vermont College of Fine Arts, she holds a BA in English and an MFA in creative writing for children and young adults. She currently teaches writing at John Tyler Community College and is represented by Liz Nealon for her poetry and fiction. A former homeschooled child, she understands the unique needs and blessings of Richmond’s alternative schooling community.

Teaching: 7-8 Creative Writing with Literature, high school Creative Writing with Poetry, Creative Writing, American Writing and Writing with a Purpose
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