Friday Night Writes!

THE WHAT: A rip-roaring introduction to Richmond's creative writing headquarters

A Friday evening in the dynamic duplex with a pen in one hand and a slice of pizza in the other.  Let your parents fend for themselves at a nearby restaurant while we crank out stories and get crazy with the "cheese whiz". New twists on some favorite games, silent movie screenwriting skits, terrarium tales, speed Haiku and 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! 

THE WHO: Mischief-makers ages 9-12

RYW Community Collaborator/Teacher: Kristin Hott, M.Ed.
Our Inimitable Intern: Laura Blackwell, Reynolds/RPS
Our Veriloquent Volunteer: Odessa Hott, RYW

THE WHEN: One Friday per month or thereabouts, 6-8:30pm

THE WHERE: 2707 W Cary Street, RVA 23220

THE HOW MUCH: $40/Session - dinner/dessert/materials included! 


Friday, March 22

“Put a Bird on it!”: Collage -Inspired Writing w/ Found Objects

In those annoying words of our favorite Portlandia characters, we’ll take ordinary writings and found objects and “put a bird on it!” Instantly transforming the piece into something collectible, defiant or just plain cute. We’ll use objects enclosed in secret bags, and scraps of writing and images from “who knows where.” Your writers will select their embellishments, collage together a scene or short story and make their own story cube to keep the magic happening after the night comes to a close.

Dinner: Make Your Own Submarine Sandwich and Chips

Dessert: A Short Jaunt over to Bev’s for Ice Cream


Friday, April 26

One-Night-Only!  FNW One-Act Play: Which Came First, The Chicken or The Egg?

These sessions are quickly becoming favorites. Young creative writers think up, write down, rapid-rehearse and perform a one-act play for an audience of family and friends...all in 2.5 hours! Whew. It’s a shoe-string budget with huge creativity returns. This evening’s theme is centered around age old questions of beginnings, endings and cyclical logic. Chickens also cross roads for some reason or another… let your young budding actor contribute their ideas to the pot. Oh, and come back early to catch the show!

Dinner: Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Salad

Dessert: Chocolate Chip Cookies & Milk


Friday, May 24

“Mother May I?”  Choose Your Own Ending Zine-Making!

Life is a series of choices, an adventure in the making. Tonight we’ll teach your young writer the structure of a “choose your own ending” story, and they’ll deconstruct a story line to allow their reader to take the wheel and follow the road less-traveled. Jedi mind tricks are definitely at work here, folks. Each writer will take home a finished zine and get a head start on a potential series!

Dinner: Local, Hand-Tossed Pizza & Salad

Dessert: 2 Kinds of Pie!  Tell us your favorite at registration.


Recent Session Themes:                                                                      

Love Potion No. 9: The Chemistry of Creative Writing

"Shave and a Haircut....Two Bits!" :  Friday Night Stand Up Comedy Writes! 
My What a Big Shadow You Cast!: Shadow Puppetry Returns to FNW!
The Most Boring Night of Your Life.  A One-Act Play! 
  Yo, Ho, Ho and a Message in Boot-le. Monsier Puree’s
“Odoriferous Case of a Pirate’s Booty ….Gone Missing.
It’s a Pickle! : Fermented Follies in a Jar. 
Bird Droppings or Melted Ice Cream….Sometimes it’s Hard to Tell.
RYW Shoestring Buggie Theatre: a 1-night only, 1-Act Play! 
Origami Stori Chain: A Collection of Zany "Fold" Tales  
Escape Room Style!
             Enat & Eamon's Eighty-three "'Elarious" Episodes of Elfishly Egregious Mischief!
May The Force Be With You: Using Your Jedi Mind for Good
Don't You Dare Open ThIs Apothecary Jar!

All sessions are built around themes, most of them fairly zany, and include a related make and take. A clear connection to a writing practice or genre-based skill is incorporated. Creative writing activities don't always culminate into a finished product. Our goal is to introduce or deepen a connection to the creative exploration that writing necessitates and provide a safe but boundry-free space to allow magical things happen.

Icebreakers, flexible grouping and intentional reflection are core to each workshop. Curriculum is based on both whimsy and best practice in positive youth development methods. 

Est. Aug, 2015