Upcoming Workshops


Time Travelers [ages 9-11]
6 Mondays, February 4th - March 18th [NO CLASS MARCH 4TH], 4:30-6pm
With Elizabeth, $125


“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” - Carl Sagan. What would it be like to have lived 100 years in the past? Or to live 500 years in the future? In this class we’ll leave our current realities behind and travel through time and space to places both real and imagined. Through fiction, letter/journal writing, poetry and more we’ll hop backward and forward through our—and other—universes. 

Hello My Name Is [ages 14-17]
6 Tuesdays, February 5th - March 12th, 4:30-6pm
With Bird, $125


Carving out a voice in your writing has one deceptively simple requirement: knowing oneself. In this workshop, we’ll introduce ourselves… to ourselves. A small storm of mini-prompts, reflective writing, memory sharing and imaginative journaling will provide unexpected paths into the nether regions of our minds so that we can better understand who we are as writers, and how to manifest the power within.

Cartoons, Comics & Graphic Novels [ages 10-13]
6 Wednesdays, February 6th - March 13th, 5-6:30pm
With Gary, $125


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 are 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. In this workshop, we’ll work on the best strategies for finding the words, drawing the pictures, and putting them together to achieve the message and tone you want to share with the world.

A Thousand Words: Storytelling + Imagery [ages 10-13]
6 Thursdays, January 31st - March 7th, 4:30-6pm
With Phil, $125


Throughout the history of humanity, people have been mixing writing and artwork, and blending the strengths of both forms of communication for fuller storytelling. In this class, we will explore the many ways writing and imagery can work hand-in-hand by making collages to accompany our words, writing stories based on photos, creating our own illustrations, and more. Since we will be using many techniques, no former drawing or art-making skills are required. 

NEW! Sundays at the Museum [ages 11-17]
First Sundays, February 3rd, March 3rd, April 7th, May 5th - 1-3:30pm
With Suzanne, $35 per session


Feasting on art is one of the main avenues for getting our creative juices flowing. Richmond Young Writers is thrilled to introduce a new ongoing series: Sunday Afternoons at the Museum, on the first Sunday of every month starting February 3rd!

Join us as we scour local museums within walking distance of RYW in search of pieces that inspire our next character, poem, screenplay, short story or novel. Artwork will serve as a jumping off point for our literary flights of fancy. While each session will focus on a different aspect of writer's craft, all are stand-alone sessions and will include both quiet reflection and spirited discussion. All sessions will culminate and end at our cozy space on Cary Street. Bring clothing suitable for a short jaunt up the Boulevard.


The Picture Book Project [ages 12-17]
8 Tuesdays, April 9th - May 28th, 4:30-6pm
With Bird, $195


This special 8-week workshop is actually a year-long picture book writing experience! Participants will use the workshop time (and probably some time at home) to complete a children’s story which will be given to a Richmond artist to illustrate over the summer, and books get published by the RYW press in the fall. It’s a great opportunity: raw story generation, editing, getting that beautiful illustrated copy back in your hands, and finally, sharing it with the world. Writers will sign their books at multiple events in the fall!

Wheel of Destiny and the Chamber of Games [ages 9-12]
6 Wednesdays, April 10th - May 15th, 4:30-6pm
With Suzanne, $125


Enter here, O Brave Soul with only a pencil and blank page and leave with a notebook bursting with tales to tell. We can’t reveal the secrets of the chamber, but know you will be dealing with all manner of unpredictable plot twists, characters with unusual powers, wily heroes, and fearsome villains.

Building Believable Worlds [ages 13-17]
6 Thursdays, April 11th - May 16th, 4:30-6pm
With Phil, $125


Whether we are writing far-out science fiction and fantasy or grounded contemporary drama, a convincing sense of time and place is vital for successful storytelling. In this workshop, we will build new worlds from the ground up, explore ways to weave details into stories without distraction, and filter environments through character perceptions to connect more fully with our readership.

Writing to the Moon and Back - Mixed Genre [ages 12-14]
4 Saturdays, May 4th - 25th, 4-6pm
With Kayla, $110


How does the moon affect us as creatures and creators? What mysteries do the waxing and waning of the moon reveal, ready for us to claw into with our pens? In this workshop, we’ll follow the moon as it cycles from new to full to new and each phase in between, and explore our own cycles in the process. Moon lore and magic will inspire us and revive our creative wells. Maybe we’ll even do some moon gazing!