4/22/14

RYW + Kickstarter!

Richmond Young Writers has secured a new home of our very own in Carytown, right beside our friends at Chop Suey Books! We are over the moon, and we can't wait to put the official RYW mark on the space. But we need your help to do so - and in return, you can get something fantastic from our Kickstarter rewards list! Supporting this campaign will install us permanently in the Richmond community. That is a huge, huge, huge deal. And each time you drive by our red and blue sign, you'll know that you helped put it there.

Check out our Kickstarter campaign. No amount is too large or small to make a difference in the life of a young writer!


 

Summer Sessions 2014!



REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT:  Please fill out the online student registration form included with the camp descriptions below. Each session of camp is $150 with the exception of the two week class, Storycraft: Long Fiction, that is $275. Payments may be made on the registration form via Paypal or by sending a check to Richmond Young Writers/ 1202 Hillside AvenueRichmondVA 23229. All checks should be made out to Richmond Young Writers. Cancellation requests must be submitted two weeks prior to the class start date in order to receive a refund (minus a $25 processing fee.) Cancellation requests received less than two weeks before the class start date will receive a credit towards a future class. A welcome email with more detailed information for your young writer will be sent out several weeks prior to the start date of class.

THE WRITING WEEK:  Each week, young writers will explore the craft and fun of creative writing through a variety of imagination-stimulating prompts, journaling, brainstorming, people-watching and more. On Wednesdays, a professional writer from the Richmond community will guest-teach a special 2.5-hour workshop, and we'll end the week with readings to each other, letters to ourselves (to be mailed by RYW to each participant nearly a year later!) and the opportunity to submit work to an online journal or competition. 

PLEASE BRING: Please bring a water bottle and a journal. Pens, pencils, spare journals and paper and a light snack will be provided during each session of camp. If your child gets extra hungry, please pack an extra snack!

LOCATION:  Camp will be held in the upstairs art gallery of Chop Suey Books, located at 2913 West Cary Street in Carytown, directly across the street from the Byrd Theatre. Get directions to Chop Suey!

SCHOLARSHIPS: Full and partial scholarships are available on a first-come/first-served basis! Students who wish to be considered for scholarships should send a paragraph in their own words about why they like to write to richmondyoungwriters@gmail.com.

QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? Please email richmondyoungwriters@gmail.com 
or call Bird Cox at 276-252-5477.



Session 1A:  June 16 - 20 
10 am - 1 pm
Wild Weird Magic 
with Julie Geen, ages 9-11


Pack your imagination, your secrets and your pen and notebook for this trek into unknown territory. We will mastermind magical creatures and write our way through scary adventures. Get ready for a world of your own creation.

"a fire light to the mourning, i remember you," Guest Artist: Mary Chiaramonte
Born in 1979 in Harmony, West Virginia, Mary Chiaramonte began painting at the age of three. As a child she helped her family live from and farm their land. She had no TV or other distractions, and was encouraged to entertain herself with objects in nature. Left with the workings of her imagination and observations of the world around her, she translated her understanding into paintings and drawings. She continues this practice today, taking much of her momentum from the people that surround and affect her. Hanging between darkness and light,Chiaramonte’s paintings offer a narrative that echoes a provocative daydream, communicating both the human disposition and the mysteries therein. Her unending exploration surfaces in her paintings with an ambiguity that asks the viewer to wonder at our world as she does. Visit her online at www.merrysee.com.


Session 1B:  June 16 - 20
2 pm - 5 pm
Storycraft: Short Fiction 
with Bird Cox, ages 12-14



This is an all-angles, all-perspectives writing workshop, and we’ll be exploring the process of writing short fiction as well as enjoying the raw stuff of it. Crafting fiction in a roomful of other creative people with whom you get to share it is a transformative experience, and one that propels your writing to the next level. Each writer will craft a collection of short stories with some stream-of-consciousness prose, fictional letters and other short works mixed in.


Guest Author: Patty Smith
Patty Smith is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. Her short fiction has appeared in TheTusculum Review and So to Speak: a feminist journal of literature and the arts. Her nonfiction has appeared in the anthologies Tied in Knots: funny stories from the wedding day (Seal Press); One Teacher in Ten: Gay and Lesbian Educators Tell Their Stories (Alyson Publications.); and Something to Declare (University of Wisconsin Press). She is at work on her first novel, The Year of Needy Girls. When she isn’t writing, she teaches creative writing and American Literature at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School in PetersburgVA. You can follow her on her blog BLUE ADIRONDACK CHAIRS.







Session 2A: June 23 - 27
10 am - 1 pm
Planet X: Writing New Worlds From the Ground Up 
with Bird Cox, ages 12-14


 If you were to look at a great fiction writer's desk, you'd probably see thick swaths of notes, lists, drawings and random words scribbled on napkins. And possibly some cat-sized bites out of a few things from long nights too absorbed in the story to remember to feed Meowzer. This fiction workshop is designed for writers who want to build a world from the foundations onward, one that houses great stories featuring unusual characters, places, languages, creatures and societies. We'll be writing, drawing, making lists, pulling our hair out and jumping for joy together as we tell them.

Guest Author: Noah Scalin


Noah Scalin is an artist/designer who decided to make a skull every day for a year. He succeeded – and his project won a Webby Award, got him invited to be on the Martha Stewart Show, and become the subject of his first book, oddly enough named Skulls. He’s since written two other books inspired by his experiences: 365: A Daily Creativity Journal and Unstuck: 52 Ways to Get (and Keep) Your Creativity Flowing at Home, at Work & in Your Studio. He is also Captain Orlok, mastermind of the League of Space Pirates, which will be of great interest to participants in his workshop...  http://noahscalin.com/








Session 2B: June 23 - 27
2 pm - 5 pm
Brainstormapalooza 
with Valley Haggard, ages 9-11


Have you ever been struck down by a nasty case of writer’s block or suffered from I-Don’t-Know-How-To-Say-This- Itis? Do you have lots of ideas that you’re not sure how to express? In this class we will explore techniques for blasting through the wall of writer’s block into the ocean of our creative imaginations. Leave with a portfolio of ideas and a tool kit of prompts for jump-starting your writing!

Guest Author: Mike Dulin

Mike Dulin is a hard man to figure out. His experiences in life have allowed him to be a professional brewer, tile setter, janitor, wizard shoppe proprietor, carpenter, radio news reporter, a shoveler of snow, curator of a shipwreck museum, play wright, mechanic, actor, copywriter, Halloween store manager, landscaper, instructor of English Composition at J. Sargent Reynolds, art critic for Style Weekly, and a culture writer for RVA Magazine and Brick Weekly.  It is from these experiences that he has evolved, like a great explosion within the Hadron Collider; into a conceptual scientist, quiet storyteller, small-boat adventurer, inventor of the probably impossible, and a mystical monk of a different sort. But, above all else, Dulin is a man devoted to the language of quantum physics and the absurd. He believes in a hysterical world where everyone should live in a tree fort and the flowers all speak in diamonds.


Session 3A: July 7 - 11
10 am - 1 pm
It’s a Blog Eat Blog World 
with Bird Cox, ages 15-17


So. The creative website. The writer’s blog. The synapse that connects you to the entire internet-ready world. How do you make it great? Don’t get us wrong - this is still VERY MUCH a creative writing workshop, and the bulk of our time will be spent writing and sating our creative monsters across multiple genres (fiction, creative nonfiction, maybe even poetry). But with a special purpose: to get work up online. Trimmed, polished, cohesive work, with zero cat pictures. We’ll create our own Tumblrs in addition to checking out great blogs by other writers, including the Richmond-famous Cheats Movement music and culture oracle himself, Marc Cheatham!

Guest Author: Marc Cheatham

Marc Cheatham, known to most as Cheats, is a freelance photographer and writer in Richmond,Virginia. In early 2011, he started The Cheats Movement. The Cheats Movement is an arts and culture website that focuses on improving RVA through community involvement.







Session 3B: July 7 - 11
2 pm - 5 pm
Cross Examination: Character Creation and Dissection 
with Valley Haggard, ages 12-14


Can you smell his rancid breath, feel her rapid heartbeat, see their toes wiggling together like jellyfish tentacles in the sand? What makes your characters tick? What’s his worst fear, her deepest secret? Does he lay there flat and lifeless like a grocery list abandoned on the sidewalk or does she jump off the page in technicolor 3-D ? We’ll brainstorm and write, create, dissect and imagine, bending stereotypes and creating characters that live and breathe on the page.  

Guest Author: A.B. Westrick


A.B. Westrick is the author of Brotherhood (Viking 2013), a Junior Library Guild Selection. A graduate of Stanford University and Yale DivinitySchool, she holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She and her family live near RichmondVA.










Session 4A: July 14 - 18
10 am - 1 pm
The Good, the Bad & the Squiggly 
with Bird Cox, ages 9-11


Character creators! We’ll be writing AND drawing in the class so that we can fully imagine the perfect good guys, bad guys and weird guys for a collection of short stories. And we’ll be doing some trading, too – you’ll get to draw as you listen to someone else dreaming up a character, and challenge someone to draw your own creative vision! And then, of course, we’ll steer them through lots of adventures…

Guest Author: Stephane Ganz

Stephanie Ganz loves to read, write, and eat, though probably not in that order.  In addition to her recipe blog "onion cloute," Stephanie writes about food for RVANews.com.  If she were a vegetable, she'd be eggplant, preferably covered in tomato sauce and cheese.












Session 4B: July 14 - 18
2 pm - 5 pm
 Life in the First Person 
with Valley Haggard, ages 15-17


Where do ideas, observations, details, plots and perspectives begin? We’ll borrow the techniques of fiction to cull literary moments and write stories from our own lives, drawing on dreams, memories and observations to write with a fascinating blend of truth and imagination. Using prompts designed to blast through writer’s block we will explore the ways our own perspectives and insights lead to the stuff of narrative poetry, personal essay, memoir and fiction.

Guest Author: Melissa Scott Sinclair

Melissa Scott Sinclair spent seven years as a reporter for alt-weekly Style in Richmond and The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk. She has written about communes, Confederates, mutant catfish and murderous houseguests, winning 21 awards from the Virginia Press Association. Melissa’s short story “Everything Must Go” appeared in the 2011 anthology Richmond Macabre. She is working on a novel about the reluctant heir to a doomsday cult.




Session 5A: July 21 - 25
10 am - 1 pm
Cue the Gag: Writing for the Screen 
with Bird Cox, ages 15-17



The ‘gag’ is a film industry term for a visual joke, like the text on every sign that Homer Simpson walks by in Springfield (ie. Stu’s Disco: You Must Be At Least This Swarthy to Enter). We’ll be tackling gags and everything else that it takes to write a great screenplay, from concept to dialogue to format, and completing a short screenplay of our own. No worries if you’re not a comedian - you’ll have the option of writing drama, horror, fantasy, sitcom episodes, anything you like!

Guest Author: Todd Raviotta


Todd Raviotta is a visual artist trained in cinema and film. As archivist and documentarian he has offered his art to the city of Richmond's creative cultural landscape in video and photography. As educator Raviotta teaches film and media classes at Maggie Walker Governor's School, VCU's Photo Film Department, and VMFA. His films and art have been shown internationally in gallery and festivals, being recognized for awards.










Session 5B: July 21 - 25
2 pm - 5 pm
All You Can Write Buffet 
with Valley Haggard, ages 12-14


Do you ever have trouble choosing just one of anything? What do you do when banana splits, lemon meringues and chocolate eclairs all look good? In this smorgasbord of a genre-sampler you don't have to choose just one! We'll sample a delicious array of fiction, poetry, memoir, free-writing and surrealism topped off with a healthy helping of word games and language play. We'll also explore techniques for blasting through the wall of writer’s block into the ocean of our creative imaginations.  

Guest Author: Katarina Spears


Kat Spears is a novelist, bartender, non-profit organization guru, mother of three freeloading kids, and, apparently, the only person on the planet who reads in the shower. She is not a role model. Her debut YA novel, SWAY, will be released in September 2014 by St. Martin's Press.













Session 6A:  July 28 - August 1
10 am - 1 pm
Keys to the Animal Kingdom 
with Bird Cox, ages 9-11


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!

Guest Author: Gigi Amateau


Gigi Amateau's first book for young adults, Claiming Georgia Tate, was published by Candlewick Press in 2005. The Wall Street Journal called the book "an ambitious push into the young adult market." She is also the author of A Certain Strain of Peculiar, a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year, and Chancey of the Maury River, A William AllenWhite Masters list title for grades 3-5. In 2012, Gigi received a Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts from Richmond magazine. Come August, Come Freedom, her first work of historical fiction, is a 2013 Bank Street College, Best Children’s Book of the Year, was selected as a 2013 Jefferson Cup honor book, and received the Library of Virginia’s 2013 People’s Choice Fiction Award.






 Session 6B:  July 28 - August 1
2 pm - 5 pm
Dark Ride with Julie Geen, ages 15-17



Do you love horror, sci-fi or humans at their worst? Do people tell you to cheer up and you give them a dark little smile? This is your place to let it all out. Our destination is a safe place for unsafe things. Join us for an exploration of the macabre.

Guest Author: Eric Massey
Eric Massey is a screenwriter whose feature films include 9 Lives of Mara, a supernatural thriller and winner of several prestigious awards. He's also written for Fortune 200 corporations, including several national TV commercials. Currently, he’s working with a director on another feature.

In his spare time, Eric watches cult films and fends off rabid birds with wire hangers.








Session 7A: Aug 4 - Aug 8
10 am - 1 pm
Fairy Tale Remix 
with Suzanne Reamy, ages 9-11



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.  Create your own magic as we take a modern spin on some very old tales!

Guest Author: Louise Keeton 


Louise Keeton is a playwright, producer, director, actress, model, artist and photographer out of AshlandVirginia. She graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory with a BFA in Theatre for Youth. For the past three years she has worked as a national touring actress for Theatre IV on Tour in RichmondVirginia, a playwright, director and actress for Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln New Hampshire, an actress with The T4Y Players in Byrn AthenPA and is the Artistic Director of her own company, The Whistle Stop Theatre in AshlandVirginia.








Session 7B & 8B: Aug 4 – Aug 15
2 pm - 5 pm
Storycraft: Long Fiction Week I 
with Bird Cox, 15-17

     

STOP THE PRESSES: it’s RYW’s FIRST EVER two-week summer session! In this college-style writing workshop, we’ll be exploring the process of writing as well as enjoying the raw stuff of it. Crafting fiction in a roomful of other creative people with whom you get to share it is an inspiring experience, and one that propels your writing to the next level. Each writer will craft the building blocks of writing (character sketches, plot timeline, detailed ‘embroidery work’) as we dig deep into creating a longform piece of fiction.

Guest Author: Cynthia Lotze


Cynthia Grier Lotze is a poet and English teacher who thinks about getting her PhD in Physics but won't because she likes lots of things to remain a mystery.















Session 8A: Aug 11- 15
10 am - 1 pm
Love Them, Hate Them, Want to be Them 
with Suzanne Reamy, ages 12-14


Want to write memorable characters?  We’ll dive headfirst into what makes an unforgettable character as we craft backstories, play dialogue games, and put our characters under interrogation. We’ll explore character arcs and how to best reveal character growth in your writing.  Join us as we supply enough quirks, habits, flaws, and graces to win the readers’ hearts, or drive them crazy. Whether your characters are charming or infuriating, they will definitely leave an impression!

Guest Author: Louise Keeton

 Louise Keeton is a playwright, producer, director, actress, model, artist and photographer out of AshlandVirginia. She graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory with a BFA in Theatre for Youth. For the past three years she has worked as a national touring actress for Theatre IV on Tour in RichmondVirginia, a playwright, director and actress for Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln New Hampshire, an actress with The T4Y Players in Byrn AthenPA and is the Artistic Director of her own company, The Whistle Stop Theatre in AshlandVirginia.








Session 8B: Aug 11- 15
2 pm - 5 pm
Storycraft: Long Fiction Week II (continued) 
with Bird Cox, ages 15-17

STOP THE PRESSES: it’s RYW’s FIRST EVER two-week summer session! In this college-style writing workshop, we’ll be exploring the process of writing as well as enjoying the raw stuff of it. Crafting fiction in a roomful of other creative people with whom you get to share it is an inspiring experience, and one that propels your writing to the next level. Each writer will craft the building blocks of writing (character sketches, plot timeline, detailed ‘embroidery work’) as we dig deep into creating a longform piece of fiction.

Guest Author:  TBD



11/18/13

Spring Intensives 2014!




Two rounds of spring writing intensives are held in the upstairs art gallery of Chop Suey Books at 2913 W. Cary Street in Carytown, directly across the street from the Byrd Theatre. Please send your young writer with a water bottle and a journal! 

To ensure your child's space in our class please fill out a registration form below. Spring intensives are $120 each. Payments may be made through the form via Paypal or checks may be made payable to 

Richmond Young Writers and sent to 
Richmond Young Writers/1202 Hillside Ave/ Richmond, VA 23229. 

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

ROUND ONE: FEBRUARY/MARCH

 Dark Chasms, Bright Glaciers: Writing Magical Realism
Mondays, February 10th-March 17th, 4:30-6 pm
Ages 15-17
Teacher: Bird Cox




You can weave fantastic spells with language, even about the most ordinary of things. This is the power of writing. Your readers might come away with a new perspective on, say, sweeping the kitchen floor, that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives (and potentially transform that task into something at least mildly more enjoyable). This workshop will focus on writing relatable fiction with a twinkly, not-quite-of-this-world element peeking out of the cracks.




Fairy Tale Remix
Tuesdays, February 11-March 18, 4:30-6pm
Ages 9-11
Teacher: Suzanne Reamy


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.  Create your own magic as we take a modern spin on some very old tales!


Homeschool Day Class: Wild Word Stampede
Wednesdays, February 12th-March 12th (5 classes), 11:00-1pm
Ages 9-12
Teacher: Julie Geen


Get ready to capture and tame your own wild story. We will go into the depths of your mind and bring out your ideas with all manner of fun writing prompts and games. Who knows what is in there? Just be ready. You will have a gaggle of ideas and a flock of characters in no time.

Compilation Nation
Wednesdays, February 12th-March 19th, 4:30-6pm
Ages 12-14
Teacher: Bird Cox


This workshop’s for writers who like flash fiction, fast-paced raw material generation, making lists, polishing short works and discovering what they can do with their writing in the real world. We’ll make and edit work and select at least one journal, competition or blog to submit it to, and we’ll come away with a fat notebook full of concepts for future writing projects.


Write Your Heart Out-- FULL!
Thursdays, February 13th - March 20th (March 27th makeup day), 4:30-6 pm
Ages 12-14
Teacher: Valley Haggard


That book. That song. That day. That smile. How do you turn your inner life into a poem? Starting each class with prompts designed to keep the hand and mind moving, we’ll discover our own personal obsessions—and then pour them into form. We’ll try our hands at dreaded letters, rants and flash fiction, using freewriting as a tool to pry open the locked box of our inner lives, transforming feelings into words.   


ROUND TWO: APRIL/MAY

IRL: A Creative Nonfiction Radio Diary Workshop
Mondays, March 31st-May 12th (no class on April 14th), 4:30-6pm
Ages 12-14
Teacher: Bird Cox


Special new workshop! Ever listened to This American Life? That’s the general idea behind IRL. We’re going to write, discuss and tweak works of nonfiction AND fiction to record in our own voices and edit into a radio-style show. We might even take to the streets and ask our burning questions to some people, like, IRL.


Homeschool Day Class: Taming the Wild Story
Wednesdays, March 26th-April 23rd (5 classes), 11:00-1pm
Ages 9-12
Teacher: Julie Geen
Bring your ideas from Wild Word Stampede, or just bring yourself. We’re going to trot out your story idea and make it do what you want. Through games and positive feedback, you will learn how to make plot, dialogue and character work for you. By the time class is done, you will have your story on paper and it might even know how to fetch!


Fairy Tale Remix
Tuesdays, April 1st-May 13th (no class April 15th), 4:30-6pm
Location: Taza Coffee, 5047 Forest Hill Ave.
Ages 9-11
Teacher: Suzanne Reamy


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.  Create your own magic as we take a modern spin on some very old tales!


Compilation Nation
Wednesdays, April 2nd-May 14th (no class on April 16th), 4:30-6pm
Ages 15-17
Teacher: Bird Cox


Let’s get you published somewhere! In addition to the flash fiction, fast-paced raw material generation, list-making and polishing of works that we’ll be doing, we’ll also be taking a critical look at how to get our work out there in the world. We’ll select several journals, competitions or blogs to submit it to, and we’ll come away with a fat notebook full of concepts for future writing projects.


Stranger Than Fiction: Writing From Life, 15-17
Thursdays, April 3rd - May 15th  (no class April 17th), 4:30-6pm
Ages 15-17
Teacher: Valley Haggard


Interested in flash nonfiction, essays, blog posts, 6 word memoirs, brilliantly crafted status updates? In this class, we’ll borrow the best techniques of fiction to cull moments and write stories from our own lives, drawing on dreams, memories and observations to write with a blend of truth and imagination. Using prompts designed to blast through writer’s block we will explore the ways our own perspectives and insights lead to the stuff of narrative poetry, personal essay, memoir and fiction.










8/15/13

Weekend Labs, After-School Classes and Homeschool Intensives Fall 2013!



Welcome to Richmond Young Writers Fall 2013!

All weekday after-school creative writing intensives are held in the upstairs art gallery of Chop Suey Books at 2913 W. Cary Street in Carytown, directly across the street from the Byrd Theatre. Please send your young writer with a water bottle and a journal! 

To ensure your child's space in our class please fill out the registration form below. Payments may be made through the form via Paypal or checks may be made payable to 
Richmond Young Writers and sent to 
Richmond Young Writers/1202 Hillside Ave/ Richmond, VA 23229. 

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


SUNDAY LABS


RYW labs are our high-energy 3-hour writing labs for the RYW newbie or the seasoned alumnus! Our single-day lab events on location at special sites pack tons of great creativity-stimulating exercises and prompts into an afternoon of writing, reading and possibly running around like crazy. Reserve a spot now, spaces are limited!




THE STUFF REDUX LAB!
Sunday, October 20th, 1-4pm
Ages 9-11
Richmond Creative Reuse Center
1605 Rhoadmiller St., Richmond, VA 23220
$30


Come write a story inspired by the eclectic and cool materials at Stuff Redux,
Richmond’s creative reuse center! Richmond Young Writers and Stuff Redux are
collaborating to bring you a class that involves art making and writing. First, we will
we dig into Stuff Redux’s arsenal of recycled materials to construct an
imaginary character. We will pay close attention to our choice of materials. What is
the texture, color, or history of our chosen materials? How will these attributes
affect the kind of character we create? Then we’ll write a story inspired by these new friends!

Student Registration Form!


AFTER SCHOOL & HOMESCHOOL CLASSES



It Could Happen To You: Fiction from Life
Mondays, Sept. 30th-Nov. 4th, 4:30-6pm
Teacher: Bird Cox
Ages 15-17
$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.

The Good, the Bad and the Squiggly
Tuesdays, Oct. 1st-Nov. 5th, 4:30-6pm
Teacher: Bird Cox
Ages 9-11
$120

Character creators! We’ll be writing AND drawing in the class so that we can fully imagine the perfect good guys, bad guys and weird guys for a collection of short stories. And we’ll be doing some trading, too – you’ll get to draw as you listen to someone else dreaming up a character, and challenge someone to draw your own creative vision! And then, of course, we’ll steer them through lots of adventures…







HOMESCHOOL DAY CLASS: Crazy Wild Word Magic
Wednesdays, Sept. 11- Oct 9.,  11 am- 1 pm
Teacher: Julie Geen
Ages 9-12
$120
We will use a wild variety of prompts to take our imaginations to crazy places and dive deep into the magic of creating our own stories. We will have time to talk, read our work to each other, write and play word games. Who knows what will happen?



Planets and Creatures and Whispers
Wednesdays, Oct. 2nd-Nov. 6th, 4:30-6pm
Teacher: Bird Cox
Ages 12-14
$120


World building is one of the most important - and the most fun - elements of creating great fantasy, science fiction and supernatural storytelling. We’ll be creating universes, societies, cities, languages and environments, then pulling out a few special characters who exist there and plotting out their arcs and twists for short or long fiction.



The Write Stuff
Thursdays, Sept. 19 - Oct. 24, 4:30-6 pm
Teacher: Valley Haggard
Ages 12-14
$120

The best writing emerges when we blend our original voice with detail, dialogue, memory, emotion and the truth as we know it. In this class we will use the raw ingredients of our lives and imaginations to generate raw material that can then be transformed into poetry, fiction, memoir or essay. This class is especially helpful for pushing past writer’s block and discovering what it is that we really want to say.






Thursday Night Live: The Comedy Writer's Room
Thursdays, Oct 10 - Nov. 14, 4:30-6pm
With Matt Newman - Coalition Theater, 8 W. Broad St.
Ages 14-17
$120 - this week only, $90!


Live from Richmond, it's YOUR original sketch comedy show! Over 6 weeks, you and your team of fellow writers will use the same techniques as shows like SNL, the Daily Show and Conan to develop concepts, structure sketches and edit ideas. The class will culminate in a staged reading of your show before a live audience and your general transformation into someone who takes comedy too seriously.




HOMESCHOOL DAY CLASS: More Word Magic
Wednesdays, Oct 16- Nov. 13,  11 am- 1 pm
Teacher: Julie Geen
Ages 9-12
$120

This class will take the stories you started in Crazy Wild Word Magic, or stories you have started on your own, and keep them moving! We will play with plot and learn how to work it. We will dig into dialogue and figure out what our characters really want. And, of course, we will still play. No previous classes required-just a desire to write stories!