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Young Writers Workshop: The Un-Workshop Workshop

Just as every young person’s voice is completely unique, many of today’s great writers don’t fit exclusively into categories like poetry, fiction, or journalism. Ever heard of prose poetry? Flash fiction? How about lyric essay? As digital media and publishing continue to change, literary forms are likewise evolving. In this exciting summer camp workshop, you will explore classic approaches to writing and discover exciting new forms and forums. You might even invent your own genre!

You will meet daily with popular poet and educator Brendan Constantine in an atmosphere of wonder and enterprise, engaging in writing, lively debate and discussion, word games and a few surprises. You will also learn stress-free, no-pressure exercises and techniques for public speaking. You should bring a fresh notebook and plenty of pencils and pens.

Creative writing workshops are open admission. Instructors will work with your child at their level. Your child will improve and learn new skills, whether they are a beginner or have been a writer for years.

  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • Laptop (optional)

A day in the summer writing program is comprised of writing, reading, discussion time, and critiquing. Students develop close-reading skills as they examine a variety of stories in terms of craft, and continue to explore the elements of craft (such as characterization, plot, dialogue, and setting) through writing exercises. Students develop their most promising pieces into complete stories or chapters and workshop them with their classmates, receiving thorough feedback from peers and the teacher. Students then revise and polish these pieces and present their best work at the public reading at the end of the program.

Students should be able to maintain focus and write at least 500 words a day. That said, the day is broken up by discussion time, reading time, and writing time, and groups tend to work in a few different places (the classroom, the library, outside).

Age: 11-13

Dates:
July 3 – July 16, 2022
Two-week session

Tuition, room and board:
$3,380

Day student tuition:
$1,980

Lab Fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 10 students.
(Total capacity includes Residential and Day Students)

Instructor:
Brendan Constantine

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