2017 Youth Writing Academy Recap


In the 2017 Youth Writing Academy for elementary age students, students began the week by learning what a Memoir is and writing their very own “memoir” piece. After brainstorming important people, places, and events in their lives, they chose a specific memory to begin writing about and work on throughout the week. Each day we read a memoir-style book, while students were asked to jot down words, phrases, and ideas that stuck out to them, and then challenged to use them in their own writing. As the week went on, students learned the power of words, and how sometimes all you need is a few words to tell a powerful story. We created “Six-Word Memoirs,” and illustrated a picture to go along with them. Students wrote about their very own memories, what home means to them, and even wrote a memoir from an animal’s perspective. By sharing their work with the other students, they began to offer feedback, and challenge each other to add creative elements to their stories. Overall it was a productive, positive week with students enjoying their writing and challenging themselves and others to become better writers. PHOTO GALLERY


The middle school YWA 2017 group had an amazing year. Samara Frank and Margaret Robbins served as co-facilitators, and thirteen enthusiastic middle school students spent a week writing and learning with us. We covered many genres in a short period of time, including nonfiction, poetry, popular fiction, fanfiction, comics, and theater/scriptwriting. Debut YA writer Lauren Karcz, veteran educator W. Scott Smoot, and playwright Eddie McPherson each served as inspiring and enthusiastic guest speakers who taught the students more about the writing process.  The students also got to venture outside to write about campus using their senses. As usual, the students made new friends and left camp with refreshed story ideas and inspiration to fuel them during the school year.  PHOTO GALLERY

IMG_0683It was another great year for our Creative Writing Camp for High Schoolers. As always, the students became fast friends and immediately provided a room where no idea was too weird. We created superhero teams, an epic romance between shark and an airplane, and Pop-Tart murder mysteries. Throughout this silliness, students learned how to write realistic dialogue, inject their setting with vivid imagery, and structure a cohesive narrative. Students worked on their existing projects, ranging from YouTube channels to fantasy epics, and developed new short stories, personal essays, and comic book scripts.  PHOTO GALLERY 



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