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 9-12yrs

Kristin Hott, M.Ed.
RYW Community Collaborator/Teacher

Our Illustrious Intern:
Olivia Dimond, RYW Alum

Odessa Hott, RYW
Our Veriloquent Volunteer

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

2707 W Cary Street, RVA 23220

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



Friday, August 23

”It’s Music To Our Ears!” Write & Perform Recording Session

Our first-ever songwriting music session in the dynamic duplex!
You’ll write a song, create backing music, perform (for each other) and make an mp3 recording to share with your adoring fans - or maybe just your cat.

Bring your favorite instrument (Uke, kazoo, guitar, handbells…)
We’ll have some available - (and some folks to play them). We’ll help you craft your lyrics and create a backing track to support your genius.

BONUS! On this night we’ll finalize and group record the FNW! Theme Song, to be heard far and wide. You’ll get songwriting credits, of course.

Dinner: Local Pizza, Tossed Salad & Cold Watermelon

Dessert: Fancy Donuts!

Drop Off: 6:00 PM
Pick Up: 8:30 PM


All sessions are built around themes, most of them fairly zany, and include a related make-and-take or performance. 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 goals are 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

Past Session Themes: 

Mother May I?: Choose Your Own Adventures Deconstructed…and ZINES!
One-Night-Only!  FNW One-Act Play:
Which Came First, The Chicken or The Egg?
“Put a Bird on it!”
: Collage -Inspired Writing w/ Found Objects                                                            
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!