12/1/14

Introducing the RYW Writer's Kit!


We've put together a few of our favorite things (in a brown paper package tied up with strings, of course) - the perfect gift for the writer in your life! 

Want one? There are three awesome purchasing options:

- Pick one up at the Bizarre Market at Chop Suey Books between now and Christmas Eve, and check out the TINY AUCTION of fantastic little handmade wonders there - proceeds go to the RYW scholarship fund!

- Hit Hardywood Brewery for the Chop Suey Books and Beer Holiday Brew-Ho-Ho!

- Or order online here! Ship Dates: December 5th, 10th and 15th!






Spring Intensives 2015!

     

Write your own adventure!

Spring after-school, homeschool and weekend intensives will be held in the 
writing room upstairs at Richmond Young Writers:
2915 #2 W. Cary St. (Google map: http://tinyurl.com/qd7372o 

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

Registration: To ensure your child's space in a workshop, please fill out the registration form beneath the class description and pay via the Paypal option on the form. Spring 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.) Find out information about our scholarship fund here.

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

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


MONDAYS

The Evil Essay Makeover
With Julie Geen
Ages 14 and up
Session One- 5 Mondays, January 26th-February 23rd
Session Two- 5 Mondays, March 2nd-March 30th
10 am-11:30 am
$120

At some point, for something important like college, you will probably have to write an essay.  This might not be something you want to do. But what if we called it creative non fiction? And had fun doing it? Whether you love writing or it makes you cringe, this class will give you the chance to get comfortable with writing prompts using your own life as creative material. Essays may be a side effect of this process.


TUESDAYS  

Freaks, Geeks & Weirdos
With Bird Cox
Ages 12-14
5 Tuesdays, February 3- March 3
Makeup Date: March 10
4:30-6:00 pm
$120

You know how a lot of the best, most vivid characters in books are kind of… different? From the rebellious (The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen) to the to the downright nerdy (Thor from Michael Chabon’s Summerland), great people are the key to great stories. In this workshop, we’ll create a cast of fascinating, real-world characters who we’ll direct through adventures as simple as breakfast and as epic as time travel.


It Could Happen to You
With Bird Cox
Ages 15-17
5 Tuesdays, March 17-April 21 (no class April 7)
Makeup Date: April 27
4:30-6:00 pm
$120

This workshop’s focus is the weird stuff that happens constantly in real life, and how to go about documenting, transforming and crafting it into descriptive fictional work. We’ll be using our own memories and experiences to write across the spectrum of realistic fiction, finding our strengths somewhere between semi-fiction and magical realism.

Keys to the Animal Kingdom
with Bird Cox
Ages 9-11
5 Tuesdays, May 5- June 2
Makeup Date: June 9
4:30-6:00 pm
$120

Animals are pretty awesome, as proven by the enormous number of pictures of them that pop up on the internet every day (how many internet-famous cats can you name?)... and in this workshop, we’ll be celebrating them all! We’ll write stories, poems and essays about our favorite animals, be they our pets, coveted zoo sightings or exotic wonders. And we’ll make up a few animals out of our own imaginations, too!

WEDNESDAYS

From the Inside Out
with Valley Haggard
Ages 15-17
5 Wednesdays,  Feb. 4-March 4
(makeup date: March 11)
4:30-6:00 pm
$120

Big novels, poems and essays are often inspired by small flashes of thought, insight or feeling. Through the use of creative nonfiction and free-writing techniques, we will examine the make-up and matter of our own observations, dreams, memories and experiences to create a portfolio of beginnings. With quick or lingering peeks within, we will watch any and all genres emerge onto the page.  

Write Your Own Adventure
with Valley Haggard
Ages 9-11
5 Wednesdays, March 18-April 22 (no class April 8)
(makeup date: April 29)
4:30-6:00 pm  
$120

We’ll treat this class like a choose your own adventure novel, but the heroine or hero will be you! Do you save the kingdom from zombie invasion or play minecraft with the monster locked in the tower? Design your own world, invent your own species, explore alternate universes and alternate endings while making life or death decisions at every turn. And then start over, and do it all again!

Free-Write Freak-Out
with Valley Haggard
Ages 12-14
5 Wednesdays, May 6-June 3
(Makeup date: June 10)
4:30-6:00 pm
$120

Free-writing can unlock minds and open doors, begin poems and finish stories. Stumped by your own plot or character motivation? Free-write! Don’t know how to start an essay, letter, term paper, novel or rant? Free-write!  Try your hand at taming the big thoughts, expressing the unexpressable, harnessing the wild emotions and learning how to write the things you don’t know how to say. Surprise yourself with the serious, funny, practical, wild, deep and useful aspects of free-writing that can be applied to both work and play.

THURSDAYS

Creature Creation
with Suzanne Reamy
Ages 9-11
5 Thursdays, Feb. 5- March 5
(Makeup date: March 12)
4:30-6:00 pm
$120

Are your notebooks filled with doodles of dragons and unicorns?  Do you dream up hybrid bird-turtle creatures (Burtles) in your sleep?  Do mutant parrots send you messages for your next story?  Join us as we unravel the mysteries of these magical beings and more.  We’ll draw, write, and send our creatures on an incredible mission to save the world!

  
Dystopia Disturbia
with Suzanne Reamy  
Ages 12-14
5 Thursdays, March 19-April 23 (no class April 9)
(Makeup date: April 30)
4:30-6:00 pm  
$120

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?

Wire Tap
with Suzanne Reamy
Ages 15-17
5 Thursdays, May 7-June 4
(Makeup date: June 11)
4:30-6:00 pm
$120

We’ll eavesdrop on coffee shop patrons, skaters, moms, hipsters, and various
Carytown meanderers.  We’ll construct backstories, inner dramas, and write the
things they wish they could say. We’ll pick apart dialect, motivation, and inner
fears.  Join us as we go deep undercover and build authentic characters inspired
by all we meet.



WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

Truths and Tales: The Art of Storytelling
Guest Teacher: Kayla Runion
Ages 9-11
Saturday, February 28
1-4 pm
$40

Before keyboards and screens, before pens and pages, storytellers used their voice and body to inform and entertain. In “Truths and Tales,” we will practice various forms of art, movement and vocalization to draw out our inner storyteller. Yakima time balls and cave drawings will give voice to the soft-spoken storyteller, while campfire-style orations and tall-tale contests provide a stage for the more verbal storyteller. Both shy and exuberant writers are encouraged to attend this workshop. Luckily, we have the luxury of recording our creations! Storytellers will have a chance, if they so please, to write down their truths and tales, and we plan to take videos of all orations for storytellers to email to family and friends.

Kayla Runion was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley, where she received her degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from James Madison University. Kayla is currently an educator for Peter Paul Development Center, an East End S.T.E.A.M. after school program. Fresh to Richmond life (she moved to the city in August of 2014), Kayla spends most of her free time exploring new restaurants, museums and parks.



Putting On the Mask: Writing Poetry Personas
Guest Teacher: Emilia Phillips
Ages 11-15
Saturday, March 7  
1-4 pm
$40

Poets have a long tradition of writing with masks on, of talking in others' voices. From superheroes to villains, animals to aliens, presidents to pro wrestlers, these voices—what we call "personas"—allow poets to use their imagination and "play" on the page. This often allows poets to do and say things they wouldn't be able to in their own lives or voices, like blasting off into outer space or accepting an Academy Award. Additionally, it also helps poets understand how others feel, to appreciate differences and to locate commonalities between people. In this workshop, students will read several persona poems and explore how they work before jumping into some fun exercises, including one that allows students to have a poetic conversation with one another's characters.


Emilia Phillips is the author of the two poetry collections, Signaletics (2013) and Groundspeed (forthcoming March 2016) from the University of Akron Press, and three chapbooks. Her poetry appears in Agni, Crazyhorse, Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, Poetry, West Branch Wired, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships to Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, U.S. Poets in Mexico, and Vermont Studio Center; the 2013–2014 Emerging Writer Lectureship at Gettysburg College; and the 2012 Poetry Prize from The Journal. She lives in Richmond, Virginia where she teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University and edits the 32 Poems Prose Feature interviews.


Valentines Day: The Horror
Julie Geen
Ages 14 and up
Saturday, February 14th
1-4 pm
$40

Come,  join other creatures of the night and write your black little heart out.  We will celebrate all things frightening and dreadful with writing prompts designed to free your dark side. We will warmly applaud all of the sick things we create. And we will eat candy and make each other valentines.   


Pre-April Fool’s Day Apocalypse
Julie Geen
Ages 14 and up
Saturday, March 28
1- 4pm
$40


We will prepare for April Fool’s Day with an afternoon of horror. Whether you enjoy a good apocalypse or have a soft spot for demon spawn, these writing prompts will encourage you to explore all things dark. We will create our own urban legends and come up with new ideas for stories. We will also eat candy and discuss April Fool’s pranks of yore.


Fandom Frenzy Returns!
with Suzanne Reamy
ages 12-14
3 Saturdays, March 14-28
2:30-4:30
$100

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 Supernatural?  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!


MAKING CARTOONS, COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS
Guest Teacher: Gary Cohn
Ages 12-16    
Session 1: 4 Saturdays, February 7-28
or
Session 2: 4 Saturdays, April 18-May 9
10 am - 12 noon
$125 + $15 materials fee ($140)
           
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 orlovelorn 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 will be included in the fee (pencils, Sharpies ranging from very fine to wide, paper--good quality, but not necessarily comics board-- rulers, scissors, erasers, sharpener, staplers, etc.), but students will also be expected to bring a sketchbook, pens and pencils, and a concept log to the workshop. After registration is complete, students will be given the option to purchase a copy of the text YOU CAN DO A GRAPHIC NOVEL, by Barbara Slate for an additional $20.
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Gary Cohn: For almost twenty years Gary Cohn’s business card has read, “writer, teacher, fencer, motorcyclist.” He says that he has had two careers as a comics writer. The first was in the early eighties, when he co-created AMETHYST, PRINCESS OF GEMWORLD, BLUE DEVIL, and THE BARREN EARTH at DC Comics, as well as writing many anthology stories for that company.  Working for DC both on his own and with writing partner Dan Mishkin, Cohn wrote issues of such established characters as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and the Flash. His second comics career was fifteen years later, when he got aboard the Crusade Entertainment bandwagon early on, editing SHI and writing SHI: SENRYAKU, as well as his own DEMON GUN. But when the industry slumped in the late nineties Cohn felt that he needed to step away, and has spent fifteen years as a NYC high school teacher and fencing coach. Now he has retired from teaching and is exploring options for a return to writing. Current projects include NEW DEVIL, with Blue Devil co-creator Paris Cullins, and NEMESIS, with former NYC teaching colleague and BronxHeroes Con founder Ray Felix.  A recent transplant to Richmond, Virginia, Cohn looks forward to creating opportunities to let his imagination run.

8/11/14

Fall Sessions 2014!




Write your own adventure! 
Explorations in the joy and craft of creative writing:
Richmond Young Writers Fall Sessions 2014! 

Fall after-school and homeschool intensives will be held in the 
writing room upstairs at Richmond Young Writers:
2915 #2 W. Cary St. (Google map: http://tinyurl.com/qd7372o
or at Taza Coffee at 5047 Forest Hill Avenue

For Carytown classes, 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: To ensure your child's space in a workshop, please fill out the registration forms below and pay via the Paypal option on the form. Spring intensives are $120 each.  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.) Class size: minimum-4 students, maximum- 11.

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


For scholarship inquiries or other questions, please email richmondyoungwriters@gmail.com.


AFTER-SCHOOL WORKSHOPS, Session 1


The Deep End: String Theory, Quantum Physics and the Multiverse in Fiction
With Bird Cox
4 Tuesdays, September 9-30
4:30-6:30 pm
Ages 12-14
Location: Richmond Young Writers, 2915#2 West Cary St.
$120
Do you sit up at night wondering whether there’s another you wandering around some parallel universe? Do you confuse people with starry-eyed explanations of the endless possibilities? Do you watch a lot of Cosmos? This is your workshop. We’ll be working on fiction that incorporates scientific and non-scientific theories on our world and beyond.

Creation Station--FULL!
With Valley Haggard
5 Wednesdays, September 17 - October 15  
4:30-6:00 pm
Ages 9-11
Location: Richmond Young Writers, 2915#2 West Cary St.
$120
Let’s invent superheroes and cartoon characters, bad guys & good gals, bad gals & good guys, creative animals and venomous villains in this class that will combine brainstorming, writing and a good dose of doodling. We will write as a group and on our own, creating poetry and prose to accompany our wacky cast of characters.



AFTER-SCHOOL WORKSHOPS, Session 2
Writing Ransom Notes  
With Suzanne Reamy
6 Thursdays, October 30th-December 11th (no class Nov 27th)
4:30-6:30 pm
Ages 15-17
Location: Richmond Young Writers, 2915#2 West Cary St.
$120
Every great story begins with something big at stake--the bigger the stakes, the greater the dramatic tension. We’ll explore how to set life and death obstacles for your characters, whether real or psychological.  We’ll ask questions like:  How are the characters being held hostage by their own desires?  How far will they go to get what they want?  What motivates them to take such risks?  Then we’ll find ways to layer the answers within your story.  Join us as we take a no holds barred approach to revealing character conflict.



Dystopia Disturbia  
With Suzanne Reamy
6 Tuesdays, November 4-December 9th  
4:30-6:00 pm  
Ages 12-14
Location: Taza Coffee, 5047 Forest Hill Ave.
$120
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?

Register Here!


Short-Shorts: Flash Fiction and Nonfiction
With Valley Haggard
5 Wednesdays, November 5- December 10
4:30-6 pm
Ages 12-14
Location: Richmond Young Writers, 2915#2 West Cary St.
$120
Sometimes big ideas fit best into small spaces. In this class we will transform freewriting exercises into short-short stories and flash nonfiction, playing with the idea that less is more and that small moments contain lifetimes. Character, plot, place and point of view all still play a large part in this micro-genre. Poets welcome!




A Terrific Toon Adventure
With Suzanne Reamy
4:30-6:00 pm
6 Mondays, November 10th-December 15th
Ages 9-11
Location: Richmond Young Writers, 2915#2 West Cary St.
$120
We’ll sketch our own heroes for this class and bring them to life just in time to save the world or at least rescue a road crossing turtle or run away cart.  We’ll write in obstacles, dramatic tension, and naturally an Achilles Heel (or chink in our hero’s armor).  No spectacular drawing ability required—just an imagination that knows no bounds!  So join us as we create the amazing adventures of…