We're so glad you're here! 

Fall after-school intensives and our weekend and stand-alone workshops will all be held in the writing room upstairs at Richmond Young Writers: 2915 #2 W. Cary St. (Google map), unless specifically noted.

Drop off and pick up: Please plan to enter via the RYW door - 2915 #2 West Cary Street - and pick up upstairs, inside of Chop Suey Books. If you need to make other arrangements or if you know your child will be walking or biking to/from class, please let us know in advance! 

Registration: A registration form and payment must be completed to ensure your child's space in a class. Fall intensives are $120 each and weekend workshops are individually priced. Cancellation requests must be submitted two weeks prior to the start date of class in order to receive a refund or a credit (minus a $25 processing fee.) Half and full scholarships available...find out more here!

Please send your young writer to class each day with a water bottle and a journal! 

Class size: minimum: 4 students, maximum: 11.

Questions? Comments? Please email us at richmondyoungwriters@gmail.com

 

SESSION I:  September 14 - October 22

 

Mood Ring Mondays
Monday:  Sept 14- Oct 19, 4:30- 6 pm
With Suzanne Reamy
Ages 9 & 10
$120                                                                           REGISTER!

Is your hero a nervous flibbertigibbet? An indignant pirate? A cool, calculating private eye? A lovestruck unicorn? We’ll peer into the heart of our characters with our virtual mood ring and whip up some incredible tales abounding with chicken-hearted and brave souls alike.

 

STORYCRAFT: Longform
Tuesdays,  Sept 15 - Oct 20, 4:30- 6 pm
With Bird Cox
Ages 15 +
$120                                                                            REGISTER!

You: love the long game of diving into a story and not knowing where it will go, or how long it will take to get there. Your writing is an imaginary landscape to which you return day after day, hungry for the satisfaction of creating one more piece of the puzzle, of pulling another bucket load of glimmering details up from the deep well of inspiration.

If this sounds familiar, come join other minds like yours as we write, read, workshop, love, hate, transform and rescue not-so-short stories, novels, memoirs and collections together.
 

Fairytale Remix
Wednesdays,  Sept 16 - Oct 21, 4:30- 6 pm
With Suzanne Reamy
Ages 11 & 12
$120                                                                            REGISTER!

Do you dream of slaying wild beasts, outwitting treacherous queens, or saving precious kingdoms?  Do you have an uncanny ability to spot the pure of heart?  Join us as we enter the mystical world of fairies, dragons, goblins, trolls, dwarves, giants, witches and more.  Rumpelstiltskin could be spreading computer viruses, or Prince Charming forced to climb Mt. Everest to free the princess (who actually is quite capable and ends up rescuing the Prince stranded on the craggy peak). You’ll create your own magic as we take a modern spin on some very old tales.
 

STORYCRAFT: Shortform
Thursdays,  Sept 17 - Oct 22, 4:30- 6 pm
With Bird Cox
Ages 13 & 14
$120                                                                           REGISTER!

You: love experimenting with language, knock out whole poems/prose bursts/flash fiction pieces in a sitting, and have a passion for weird metaphors. You're a fast-paced thinker who enjoys challenges like wacko prompts, timed exercises, and surrealist word games. You prize freedom in your writing and you try to capture moments in language like a camera captures photographs.

If this sounds familiar, come join other minds like yours as we write, read, workshop, love, hate, transform and rescue short short stories, flash fiction, poems, prose and experimental pieces together.

 

SESSION II: November 2 - December 10

* Note that W & TH class times in this session have been modified to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday.
 

Mashup Mania
Mondays, Nov 2- Dec 7, 4:30- 6 pm
With Suzanne Reamy
Ages 11 & 12
$120                                                                             REGISTER!

Ever wonder what would happen if Antman befriended Hans Solo? Who would win in a battle of wits between Princess Leia and the Cheshire Cat?  What if Katniss Aberdeen found herself beamed aboard the Star Trek ship?  Join us as we create havoc when our characters’ worlds collide. We’ll form alliances no one ever dreamed of and rivalries that will make the Jacob vs. Edward hub-bub pale in comparison. Together we’ll uncover what our characters would do when taken out of the world they knew and faced with a whole new set of challenges.

 

STORYCRAFT: Longform
Tuesdays,  Nov 3- Dec 8, 4:30- 6 pm
With Bird Cox
Ages 13 & 14
$120                                                                              REGISTER!

You: love the long game of diving into a story and not knowing where it will go, or how long it will take to get there. Your writing is an imaginary landscape to which you return day after day, hungry for the satisfaction of creating one more piece of the puzzle, of pulling another bucket load of glimmering details up from the deep well of inspiration.

If this sounds familiar, come join other minds like yours as we write, read, workshop, love, hate, transform and rescue not-so-short stories, novels, memoirs and collections together.

 

Way Out Wednesdays
Wednesdays, Nov 4- Dec 9 (no class Nov 25)   *4:15- 6 pm
With Suzanne Reamy
Ages 9 & 10
$120                                                                             REGISTER!

We’ll channel our wild imaginations and take our characters to the edge of strange universes and beyond. Join us as we weave our way through creepy rooms and distant galaxies, from fairy lands to beastly valleys filled with mayhem, magic, and mystery.
 

STORYCRAFT: Shortform
Thur: Nov 5- Dec 10 (no class Nov 26)   *4:15- 6 pm
With Bird Cox
Ages 15 +
$120                                                                             REGISTER!

You: love experimenting with language, knock out whole poems/prose bursts/flash fiction pieces in a sitting, and have a passion for weird metaphors. You're a fast-paced thinker who enjoys challenges like wacko prompts, timed exercises, and surrealist word games. You prize freedom in your writing and you try to capture moments in language like a camera captures photographs.

If this sounds familiar, come join other minds like yours as we write, read, workshop, love, hate, transform and rescue short short stories, flash fiction, poems, prose and experimental pieces together.
 

Friday Night Writes - NEW!

Friday Night Writes  
Ages  9 - 12:  Fridays:  Sept. 11,  Oct. 16,  Nov. 6
Ages 13 - 15:  Fridays:  Sept. 25,  Oct. 30,  Nov. 13
6 - 8:30 pm
w/Rotating RYW Teachers

$40 / session       TASTY DINNER Included!            REGISTER!

Make it a night out with Richmond Young Writers -A Friday evening upstairs with a pencil, pen or a slice of pizza in hand.  Let your parents fend for themselves at a nearby restaurant while we "kick it" on the 2nd floor...RYW style.  New twists on some favorite games, prompts by candlelight, speed Haiku and character shadow puppetry are all on the menu.  Bring your night vision goggles, a journal and an empty belly!  

* Each workshop is a stand-alone session.  Sign up for as many as you like!

General Session Themes:                                                                                                * DINNER @ 6pm!

Friday: Sept 11  (9-12)  Speed Haiku * Story Cubes * Mystery Bag Story Challenge           

Friday: Oct. 16  (9-12)  Victorian Letters by Candelight * Tombstone Haiku * Shadow Puppet Theater

Friday: Nov. 6   (9-12)  Yarn Tales & Crochet * Spinning Magical Stories

Friday Sept 25 (13-15)  Speed Haiku * Story Cubes * Mystery Bag Story Challenge

Friday Sept 30  (13-15)  Victorian Letters by Candelight * Tombstone Haiku * Shadow Puppet Theater

Friday Nov. 13   (13-15)  Word Hungry:  Recipe Exchange * Food Critic Columns * Tasty Memoir Sampling!

Weekend Workshop Series  

 

Cartoons, Comics & Graphic Novels
6 Saturdays, October 17 - November 21,  10 am -  noon
With Gary Cohn
Ages 13 +
$125 + $25 materials fee                                           REGISTER!

Almost everyone loves cartoons and comics, and for many writers and artists, “sequential narratives” hold a powerful appeal. In a sense comics and graphic novels are movies that don’t move, although there are storytelling possibilities that are unique to the comics medium. The combination of words and pictures is a compelling way to tell stories, and in recent years comics has moved far beyond simple stories of costumed superheroes or lovelorn teens, to encompass the full range of storytelling possibilities. For the novice comics creator the questions are, “Where do I begin? How to I find the words, how do I draw the pictures, and how do I put them together?” 

Veteran comics writing professional Gary Cohn can help you find your way into this absorbing storytelling medium. With a proven track record of several decades in the industry, as well as leading writing and comics-making workshops at the high school and college levels, Cohn can guide you to discover ways to be creative that work for you. He will show you approaches to creating, outlining, and plotting your stories while developing compelling characters and believable dialogue.  He can help you to find an artistic style you can work with, even if you don’t think you’re an “artist,” and how to lay out pages to move your story forward. Most important, he can help you to find strategies to complete your work even when you think you’re stuck. While four sessions in four weeks isn’t enough time to create a fully realized comic or graphic novel, it’s enough time to learn the skills to create shorter comics work and to carry you through your own long-term project. 

The final product of each workshop session will be a “mini-comic” or “ash-can” anthology containing cartoons, comic strips, single and multiple-page stories from all the members of the workshop. 

Materials: Basic art supplies for use in class are the reason for the fee,  but students will also be expected to bring a sketchbook, pens and pencils, and a concept log to the workshop.

 

Fandom Frenzy
4 Saturdays, Oct 3 - 24, 1-3 pm
With Suzanne Reamy
Ages 13 +
$120                                                                              REGISTER!

Do you muse about how you would bring back Headmaster Dumbledore? Does Sherlock’s brilliance have you seeing clues everywhere? Do you know the perfect way to round out the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy?  If you’ve ever felt moved to express your love of an artist, book, or film, this is the class for you.  We’ll dabble in the world of magic,
mystery and song to create our own poems, prose, and lyrics--all in homage to our
favorite fictional characters, shows and movies.  Join us as we explore how all this
fandom frenzy can take our writing to new heights!

 

Check Your Horrorscope
Saturday, Oct 31, 1-3 pm
With Kayla Runion
Ages 11 - 14
$35                                                                               REGISTER!

In this Halloween workshop, we will create a website where visitors can check their HORRORSCOPE! Writers will rewrite horoscopes with a frightful twist and redesign zodiac symbols into monstrous creations to match.

 

Dystopia Disturbia
4 Saturdays, Nov 7 - Dec 5 (no class Nov 28) - 1-3 pm
With Suzanne Reamy
Ages 13 +
$120                                                                              REGISTER!

Do you see things getting a bit off track?  What kind of warning would you send the people of Earth, if you were given the opportunity? We’ll look at the underlying messages in the popular dystopian novels and films like the Hunger Games Trilogy, Divergent, the Giver and Matched. Who is responsible for maintaining a healthy planet? How much should a society be structured or governed?  Who should have power? We’ll explore all these concepts and more as we construct our own future worlds. What message will yours hold for the people of this generation?