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: A Bevy of Cool Summer Guests!
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 included! 


Friday, October 26th

“My, What a Big Shadow You Cast…” Shadow puppetry returns to Friday Night Writes!  uh.... finally!
This time, each of you will create a 2-minute puppet show, set to music and narrated by your words, finalized somewhere between dinner and dessert.  You’ll design the silhouettes of your character(s) and scenery to support your story. We’ll incorporate transparencies and wire for some extra special "CGI" effects - well, we can try.  We’ll work on writing short scenes with big themes, and the nature of editing for the screen. Lights, overhead projector, action!

Families are invited back early for the show!

Dinner:  Spaghetti and Meatballs (vegetarian option available), Salad and Billy Bread


Friday, November 30th

From The FNW Archives: "The Soundtrack of Our Lives": Music adds emotional flavor to this exquisite meal we call life, perhaps only slightly more essential than the blank page that serves as the canvas for all things possible...and IMpossible!  Come prepared to jam. 

We’ll listen to experimental, silly and international sounds of the centuries and use our pens to create a tableau of color, comedy, mystery, action! and heart-swelling joy. We’ll write a symphony of creative writing movements sure to earn a standing ovation. Your favorite songs will set the mood as our brand new characters come to life and dance off the page. Your stories will melt our faces, scratch the vinyl and celebrate the B-Sides. Bring your favorite LP to share!  Dance Party at the close. * Personal earbuds required - cuz.... it's gross to share, y'all.

Dinner:  Local 16" LP Pizza~!  & Salad (a classic)

Dessert: A Musical Walk to Bev's! (another classic)


Friday, December 28th

The Yule Ball & Chain Mail: Costumes Required. Invitations sent by owl. "Snow" guaranteed. Don't go on vacation, come play with us instead!

Dinner, Dessert, Activities, A Make & Take, Pals, A Porch, Owls....Trust us, really.... have we ever let you down?


Recent Session Themes:                                                                      

Aug. 17th:  The Most Boring Night of Your Life.  A One-Act Play! 

July 27th:  THE ESCAPE ROOM RETURNS!  Yo, Ho, Ho and a Message in Boot-le. Monsier Puree’s Odoriferous Case of a Pirate’s Booty ….Gone Missing.

June 29th:  It’s a Pickle! : Fermented Follies in a Jar. 

May 25th: Bird Droppings or Melted Ice Cream….Sometimes it’s Hard to Tell.

February 23: RYW Shoestring Buggie Theatre: a 1-night only, 1-Act Play! 
January 26:  Origami Stori Chain: A Collection of Zany "Fold" Tales  
December 22: Escape Room Style!
                          Enat & Eamon's Eighty-three "'Elarious" Episodes of Elfishly Egregious Mischief!
November 17: May The Force Be With You: Using Your Jedi Mind for Good
October 20: 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 whimsey and best practice in positive youth development methods. 

Est. Aug, 2015