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Writing Short Bites – Summer Writing Camp Ages 11-15

In this summer camp we will dive right in and start a new piece, and each following day learn about an apply a specific part of story writing.

Writing Short Bites – Summer Writing Camp Ages 14-18

In this summer camp we will dive right in and start a new piece, and each following day learn about an apply a specific part of story writing.

Scary World or Fairy World: Crafting Vivid Settings Ages 11-15

Everybody likes to be able to visualize the world they are reading about, so in this class we will learn how to make your settings pop off of the page.

Story Hooks, and How to Catch Your Reader Ages 11-15

Story hooks are like fishing hooks for your story. But, instead of fish, you are going to catch a reader.

Plotting a Path To and Away From Danger- Story Plotting Ages 11-15

The plot is the thread that ties a story together. In this class we will talk about how to write an effective plot that will move your character from point A to point B – hopefully without being eaten by dragons.

Let’s Talk About Point of View – Third Person Ages 11-15

Point of View, often abbreviated as P.O.V., is the voice in which a story is told. In this class we will talk about what third person is and how it works.

Let’s Talk About Point of View – Second Person Ages 11-15

Point of View, often abbreviated as P.O.V., is the voice in which a story is told. In this class we will talk about what second person is and how it works.

Piecing Together Great Characters Ages 11-15

The first thing most people think of when they are talking about a story is the characters who are in it. You can have a great setup, but without someone for the reader to care abou,t they are not going to go very far into the story.

Beating Writer’s Block and Other Blocks: Learning to Start and Love Writing Ages 11-15

Starting creative works, such as stories, poetry, and creative essays can be intimidating, especially for new writers. This class will help to give students the skills and tools to feel confident in learning how to write down their ideas.

Let’s Talk About Point of View – First Person Ages 11-15

Point of View, often abbreviated as P.O.V., is the voice in which a story is told. In this class we will talk about what first person is and how it works.

Transforming Fairy Tales in Our Modern World Ages 11-15

In this five-week class, we will be exploring what makes fairy tales so attractive to readers. We will then be applying those components to our own writing, in order to create stories that could make up a modern-day book by the Grimm Brothers, and then build upon that knowledge in order to create new worlds of science and/or fantasy.

Transforming Fairy Tales in Our Modern World Ages 14-18

In this five-week class, we will be exploring what makes fairy tales so attractive to readers. We will then be applying those components to our own writing, in order to create stories that could make up a modern-day book by the Grimm Brothers, and then build upon that knowledge in order to create new worlds of science and/or fantasy.

Science, Magic, and the Mundane: Speculative Worlds and How to Write Them Ages 14-18

In this four week class, students 11-15 will develop alternate ways of viewing reality, learn how to analyze these newly realized aspects from an author’s point of view, and then build upon that knowledge in order to create new worlds of science and/or fantasy.

Science, Magic, and the Mundane: Speculative Worlds and How to Write Them Ages 11-15

In this four week class, students 11-15 will develop alternate ways of viewing reality, learn how to analyze these newly realized aspects from an author’s point of view, and then build upon that knowledge in order to create new worlds of science and/or fantasy.

Polishing and Publishing Short Bites – Summer Intensive Ages 14-18

Students will spend three days a week for three weeks revising work and learning how to prepare pieces for publication, as well as how to research markets and handle submissions, for each of three weeks.

Polishing and Publishing Short Bites – Stories, Poetry, and Essays Ages 14-18

For many authors, seeing their work in print can mean they’ve accomplished a major goal. In this ongoing class we will switch between two components, alternating weeks. Learners can choose to work on flash fiction short stories, poetry, and/or essays, as well as shift between them.

Letting Your Written Characters Talk Too Much! Ages 11-15

Students plot out and write a short action scene – only in dialogue!

Drawing the Mirror World into Our Words: Writing the Fantastical Ages 11-15

In this one-time class we will blend the fantasy from one side of the mirror with the reality from the other.

Action Stories . . . Without Talking? Ages 11-15

In this two week class for learners 11-15, students will learn how to write action scenes without relying on dialogue.

Queer / LGBTQ+ Literature, Then and Now: the 21st Century Ages 15-18

What has changed in queer literature since the beginning of this century? It has exploded, particularly YA literature, and it is no longer easily put in a box. It’s now possible to find books that feature protagonists in a wide variety of genders and sexualities in all genres. However, there are still obstacles for queer authors, and we will study how those obstacles have shifted and changed in the first two decades of the twenty-first century.

Queer / LGBTQ+ Literature, Then and Now: Pre-Stonewall Ages 15-18

Sure, you can find books now with all sorts of queer protagonists, but what was queer literature like a hundred years ago? Fifty years ago? The end of last century? What about today? In this class sequence we will study three distinct periods of writing, and how lead to the next.

Queer / LGBTQ+ Literature, Then and Now: Summer Intensive Ages 15-18

Sure, you can find books now with all sorts of queer protagonists, but what was queer literature like a hundred years ago? Before the Stonewall Riots in 1969, queer literature followed a fairly common theme in that queer protagonists were not supposed to be happy. While this is saddening, there is a lot to take away from these authors. Although though their writing was shaped by society, queer authors were starting to stand up and write about themselves and people they knew.

Queer / LGBTQ+ Literature, Then and Now: Post-Stonewall Ages 15-18

What changes did queer literature go though after the beginning of the movement started by the Stonewall Riots? In this class series learners will study post-Stonewall literature, loosely defined here as post 1969 through the end of the twentieth century.