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!



3/4/13

Summer Workshops 2013!






REGISTRATION PART ONE:  Please fill out the online student registration form here or at the bottom of each class description below: Fill out my form!.

REGISTRATION PART TWO--PAYMENT: Each session of camp is $150. Payments may be made online through Paypal or by sending a check to Richmond Young Writers/ 1202 Hillside Avenue/ Richmond, VA 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.


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 will guest teach a special 2.5 hour workshop. During the course of the week, young writers will have the opportunity to contribute to The People's Library Project, creating books that will be added to the permanent collection of the Richmond Pubic Library. At the end of the week, each young writer will make a short recording of his or her favorite work which will be edited into a video that we'll post on the RYW blog! 

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 17-21-- FULL!
10 am- 1 pm, WEREWOLVES and VAMPIRES v. ZOMBIES and ALIENS with Julie Geen, ages 11-13
Guest author: Phil Ford  


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                                                              Session 1B:  June 17-21-- FULL!
2 - 5 pm, STORY SAFARI with Valley Haggard, ages 8-10
Guest author: Ginjer Clarke

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Session 2A:  June 24-28
10 am- 1 pm, STORYCRAFT: SHORT FICTION with Bird Cox, ages 14-17--FULL!
Guest Author: Virginia Pye

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Session 2B:  June 24-28-- FULL!
2-5 pm, FRIENDS, FOES & FREAKS: CREATING UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS with Valley Haggard, ages 11-13
Guest Author: Dennis Danvers


Session 3A:   July 8-12-- FULL!
10 am- 1 pm, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE SQUIGGLY with Bird Cox, ages 8-10 
Guest Author: Spencer Turner



Session 3B:   July 8-12
2-5 pm, STRANGER THAN FICTION: MINING YOUR LIFE with Valley, ages 14-17 - FULL!
Guest Author: Patty Smith 

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Session 4A:  July 15-19-- FULL!
10 am- 1 pm, FURIOUS FICTION with Bird Cox, ages 11-13
Guest Author: Clay Chapman

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Session 4B:  July 15-19
2-5 pm, MAGICAL CREATURES with Julie Geen, ages 8-10 - FULL!
Guest Author: Meg Medina

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Session 5A:  July 22-26
10 am-1 pm, ALL-YOU-CAN-WRITE BUFFET with Bird Cox, ages 8-10 - FULL!
Guest Author: Jason Lefton

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Session 5B:  July 22-26
2-5 pm, LANGUAGE LAB with Valley Haggard, ages 11-13--FULL!
Guest Author: Herschel Stratego

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Session 6A: July 29- August 2
10 am-1 pm, STORYCRAFT: LONG FICTION with Bird Cox, ages 14-17
Guest Author: Maya Smart

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Session 6B: July 29- August 2
2-5 pm, IMAGINATION FLASH: TAPPING INTO YOUR SENSES TO PAINT A PICTURE WITH WORDS-- FULL! 
with Ali Goldstein, ages 8-10
Guest Author: Rachael Cohen

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Session 7A: August 5-9
10 am-1 pm, WORLD BUILDING with Bird Cox, ages 11-13-- FULL!
Guest Author: Lana Krumwiede

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Session 7B: August 5-9
2-5 pm, THE LITERARY MIX TAPE: FINDING THE BEAT ACROSS GENRE with Ali Goldstein, ages 14-17
Guest Author: Tess Shebaylo

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Please scroll down for additional information about each camp week and guest author!




Session 1A:  June 17-21-- FULL!

WEREWOLVES AND VAMPIRES v. ZOMBIES AND ALIENS 
10 am- 1 pm
with Julie Geen, ages 11-13



Dragons, Unicorns, Faeries, Wizards and Wonder! Create your own world with your own fantastical creatures. We will go a little wild making our own worlds out of words and populating them with creatures from our imaginations.  

Guest author: Phil Ford  

Phil Ford is the co-editor and a contributing writer of Richmond Macabre : Nightmares from the River City. A writer, columnist, and musician, his work has appeared in ThroTTle MagazineRichmond Magazine, and Carbon 14 Magazine. He also DJs the Friday Breakfast Blend 6-8am on WRIR 97.3, Richmond Independent Radio. 











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Session 1B:  June 17-21-- FULL!
STORY SAFARI 
2 - 5 pm

with Valley Haggard, ages 8-10


Did you ever want to write a story from the point of view of your own pet or invent a new species of animal altogether? Animals of every stripe will inspire us to create feathered characters, furry stories and poems that can breathe underwater in this animal-centric writing camp. We’ll take inspiration from the earth’s mammals, reptiles and amphibians as we invent new creatures of our own.

Guest author: Ginjer Clarke




Ginjer L. Clarke writes fun, fact-filled nonfiction beginning readers about weird, wonderful animals. Her books, most of which are part of the Penguin Young Readers series, have sold a combined total of almost 3 million copies worldwide since 2000. She loves that her job entails visiting zoos and aquariums, reading lots of books, and even watching TV for research. Ginjer is a graduate of James Madison University and lives in RichmondVirginia, with her husband, young son, and several silly-looking pets.










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 Session 2A:  June 24-28--FULL!

STORYCRAFT: SHORT FICTION
with Bird Cox
10 am- 1 pm, ages 14-17

This is an all-angles, all-perspectives college-style writing workshop, and 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 a collection of short stories, stream-of-consciousness prose, fictional letters and other short works.


Guest Author: Virginia Pye

Virginia Pye, author of River of Dust, forthcoming in May, 2013 from Unbridled Books, has published award-winning short stories in numerous literary magazines, including The North American Review,The Baltimore Review and Tampa Review. She is the former chair of James River Writers and has taught writing at NYU, UPenn and various high schools.









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Session 2B:  June 24-28--FULL!


FRIENDS, FOES & FREAKS: CREATING UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS
2-5 pm 
with Valley Haggard, ages 11-13

Who makes up your personal cast of characters? Hybrid humans, hilarious heroes, headstrong heroines, bad guys, worse gals, flying centaurs, eccentric uncles, amazing aunts? Drawing on a combination of fantasy and reality we’ll borrow inspiration not only from ourselves but the world around us to create believable and impossible characters and creatures, populating worlds both familiar and strange. 

Guest Author: Dennis Danvers

Dennis Danvers has published seven novels, including Circuit of Heaven (New York Times Notable, 1998), The Watch (New York Times Notable, 2002; Booklist 10 Best SF novels, 2002), and The Bright Spot (under pseudonym Robert Sydney). First novel Wilderness has recently been re-issued with a sexy new cover. Recent short fiction has appeared in F & SF, Realms of Fantasy, Electric Velocipede, and in anthologies Tails of Wonder and Richmond Noir. A story is forthcoming in Lightspeed. He teaches fiction writing and science fiction and fantasy literature at Virginia Commonwealth University in RichmondVirginia, and blogs at dennisdanvers.com.




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Session 3A:   July 8-12-- FULL!
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE SQUIGGLY
10 am- 1 pm,  
with Bird Cox, ages 8-10 


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: Spencer Turner

Spencer Turner is an original founder of the Virginia Center for Latin American Art (VACLAA) which seeks to raise awareness of Latin America through art. Otherwise, there's this guy, right, his ID says, Spencer L. Turner, and he's worn a lot of hats over the years. You know, dishwasher, retail associate, customer service agent, building contractor, administrator, minestrone eater.And if you asked folks to describe him, after the look of disgust passes from their face like an ephemeral stench, they might rant off things like, distracted, dumbfounded, derelict, neerdowell, lacking sufficient refinement, gregarious to a fault. But in all his years there was nothing that he felt defined him more than "dealer in dreams". So after 30 some odd years he realized that his endless searching for some stray pixel of the truth (and his keys, for cryin' out loud!) left him with the realization that what he'd come to value most was a puff of smoke blown into disappearing rings. 

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Session 3B:   July 8-12 - FULL!
STRANGER THAN FICTION: MINING YOUR LIFE
2-5 pm
with Valley Haggard, ages 14-17

We will borrow the techniques of fiction to cull moments and write stories from our 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: 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 at http://pattysmith711.wordpress.com.







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Session 4A:  July 15-19-- FULL!
FURIOUS FICTION 
10 am- 1 pm
with Bird Cox, ages 11-13


We at Richmond Young Writers know how it feels to get in the zone – the zone where you yell at your fingers because they can’t get the words down as fast as you’re thinking them. And yes, we’re also familiar with the opposite of the zone… that place where you seriously consider whether hitting your head on your desk might help jar something loose. This workshop’s all about how to handle both ends of the spectrum in order to get your best work on the page.


Guest Author: Clay Chapman

Clay McLeod Chapman is the creator of the rigorous storytelling session The Pumpkin Pie Show. He is the author of rest area, a collection of short stories, the novel miss corpus -- and the new middlegrade series The Tribe: Homeroom Headhunters. From time to time he’ll even write for his geek gods Marvel Comics and Fangoria Magazine. He teaches writing at The Actors Studio MFA Program at Pace University. Visit him at: www.claymcleodchapman.com.



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Session 4B:  July 15-19 - FULL!
MAGICAL CREATURES 
2-5 pm
with Julie Geen, ages 8-10

Dragons, Unicorns, Faeries, Wizards and Wonder! Create your own world with your own fantastical creatures. We will go a little wild making our own worlds out of words and populating them with creatures from our imaginations.  


Guest Author: Meg Medina

Meg Medina is a Milk-Dud addicted Latina who writes libros for kids of all ages. She's the author of Milagros: Girl from Away (Henry Holt Books 2008); Tía Isa Wants a Car (Candlewick Press 2011) and The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind (Candlewick, 2012).  http://megmedina.com/














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Session 5A:  July 22-26 - FULL!

ALL-YOU-CAN-WRITE BUFFET
10 am-1 pm
with Bird Cox, ages 8-10 


What do you do when the 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 Comedian: Jason Lefton 


Jason Lefton is the founder and creative director of Richmond's finest laser studio, BIG SECRET and has a blast improvising with the Richmond Comedy Coalition. He's unusually good at catching things with his feet and was once talked into skydiving in WollongongAustralia. The polar bear is his favorite animal, though he is almost equally fond of the domesticated house cat. Marrying Richmond Young Writer's Bird Cox was undoubtedly the very best part of his life to date.


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Session 5B:  July 22-26-- FULL!


LANGUAGE LAB
with Valley Haggard
2-5 pm, , ages 11-13


Monstrous metaphors. Scintillating similes. Ridiculous rhymes. Lonesome lyrics. Weird words. Genre Games. Take advantage of our fully stocked language-lab to invent and dissect words and stories in a whole new way. Warning: side effects may include spontaneous laughter, exploding narratives, surreal sensibilities and an acute sense of humor. 

Guest Author: Herschel Stratego

Herschel Stratego is a local songwriter, comedian, DJ and ukulele aficionado. Richmonders can hear him sing his own songs (sometimes improvised) and his original material for performances, while paying homage to influences from various mediums: Randy Newman, Ray Charles, Kitty Wells, David Letterman, Mark Twain, From Young, Shelley Berman, Richard Pryor and Steve Martin--among others…many others.
Read about his festival, herschfest, in Style Weekly!




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Session 6A:   July 29- August 2
STORYCRAFT: LONG FICTION
10 am-1 pm
with Bird Cox, ages 14-17


This is an all-angles, all-perspectives college-style writing workshop, and 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: Maya Smart



Maya Payne Smart, an advisory board member of James River Writers, is a professional writer who has contributed hundreds of articles to newspapers, magazines and websites, including Black Enterprise and CNNMoney.com. She also helps writers master the business side of the craft through coaching and courses. She received a B.S. degree in Social Studies from Harvard University and a master's degree in editorial journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Maya has served on the board of the Society of American Business Editors.

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Session 6B:   July 29- August 2--FULL!
IMAGINATION FLASH: TAPPING INTO YOUR SENSES TO PAINT A PICTURE WITH WORDS  
2-5 pm
with Ali Goldstein, ages 8-10

Want to make your writing flash with detail and life? This class will be like looking through a pair of binoculars to bring a picture into focus -- except we'll be using words. Students will explore the sensory details that orbit around them to jump into their imaginations and create vivid writing. From fantastical to realistic writing, they'll see how taking a snapshot with words helps them discover the life exploding in a single moment. 


Guest Author: Rachael Cohen

Rachael Cohen is an artist, educator, and the Project Director for Stuff Redux, Richmond's creative reuse center.  Stuff Redux collects and redistributes materials otherwise bound for landfill and holds workshops and events focused on art and the environment. Rachael loves to unlock the hidden potential of objects that others leave behind. She finds inspiration in the transformation of materials and enjoys encouraging others to create value and meaning in unexpected places.




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Session 7A: August 5-9-- FULL!
WORLD BUILDING
10 am-1 pm
with Bird Cox, ages 11-13

This is fiction… with a twist. We’re not going to dive into our stories until each participant has created an entire world—dystopian society? parallel universe? microcosm in a droplet of water?—from the ground up. We’ll be fleshing out individuals, cities, rules, quirks and similarities/differences between that world and our own, selecting a few juicy details and digging into your choice of a collection of short stories or a longer piece of fiction.


Guest Author: Lana Krumwiede


Lana Krumwiede is the author of a middle-grade science fiction novel, Freakling (Candlewick, 2012), and its sequel which will be published October 2013. She’s an avid reader of children's literature with a fondness for fantasy and science fiction. She's also a former elementary school teacher and a big fan of board games. Lana lives in Chesterfield county with her husband and daughter. Visit her at http://www.lanakrumwiede.com/.

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Session 7B: August 5-9
THE LITERARY MIX TAPE: FINDING THE BEAT ACROSS GENRE 
2-5 pm
with Ali Goldstein, ages 14-17


There's a music to good writing and in this course we'll get to the beat of it. Students will find the pulse of what makes for page-turning fiction, compelling non-fiction, and breathtaking poetry: writing with heart. They'll journal and write non-fiction to explore the emotions and details that tell their own story and then learn to bring this heartfelt writing into their fiction to create characters the reader believes in. Exercises in poetry will combine their explorations in non-fiction and fiction to teach students how language evokes character, place, and transformation. 


Guest Author: Tess Shebaylo

Tess Shebaylo has been blogging since 2003 and works as Director as Support at Tumblr. She's loved writing since she was a kid and has had work published in various print and online media for years -- everything from investigative pieces to music reviews to essays on etiquette. She lives in Church Hill with her husband, Dan.











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