What to bring:
- Notebook with lined paper
- Face mask
- Water bottle
Adventures in Creative Writing
One two-week session
Rising 4th through rising 6th graders
Arrival/dismissal zone: Red
This is not your typical writing class. It is an expedition into the sometimes scary, sometimes challenging and always exhilarating experience of creating a story that will entertain others. Every narrative needs a hero, and every hero has a boss: the writer who creates him or her. In this class, the students are the bosses!
Students will learn effective writing strategies, including how to produce a propulsive plot, populate it with unpredictable characters, incorporate humor when possible, build to a compelling climax, and leave readers wanting more. On a structural level, students will come up with irresistible opening lines, craft cliffhangers both epic and subtle, and use metaphor to develop their distinctive identities as writers. Each day students will complete one or two short writing exercises and work on one longer piece, all while engaging in lively discussion and self-examination...leaving students wanting more.
The class is a mix of writing, learning, sharing, and discussion. Please ensure your young writer knows beforehand that everyone will read aloud everything they write at camp. They will be equipped and motivated to continue writing for fun and to embrace writing required for school. They will also be able to look at stories by fellow students - and the books they love - in a new way, with a more critical eye, which will, in turn, help them write more robustly themselves.
Also check out The Writer's Workshop!