Friday Night Writes!

With Kristin Hott & VCU intern Aiden McKenna

For ages 9-12


$35/Session, dinner included! (Pizza, salad, dessert. Mmm.)

Make it a night out with Richmond Young Writers: a Friday evening upstairs 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!

  • February 24
  • March 24
  • April 28
  • May 26

Session Themes:                                                                                 

February 24th: WATER

This session is FULL!

So…. Up to 60% of the human body is water, our brain and heart a whopping 73%.  Tears are a uniquely human emotional experience, they say.  Water can put out most fires, wash away the grit and grime, reveal the hidden object or dissolve the hardened exterior.  If we write with water, does the meaning fade with the lines as they evaporate?  What kind of words are water proof?  Join us for an evening to doggy paddle through pools of emotion and dive deep into the underwater realms of our creative juices.

Your ideas will bubble to the surface, riding the waves of poetry and water soluble fiction.  Pure liquid energy will flow.

March 24th: FIRE


No potholders allowed in this kitchen!  Be prepared to reach into the center of your creative oven and pull out the molten core of story and plot.  Fire needs oxygen, heat and fuel to breathe.  What is your character’s “fire triangle?” What motivates both their anger and passion, ignites their inner fire…gets them walking across hot coals?

If they wrote a letter only to turn around and burn it, what would it say?  What secrets would it reveal?  Only we will get to read the most intimate details of their stories and watch them turn to ashes as they are transformed into someone new. 

Join us for an evening to explore the stories of your main man, woman, creature or spirit being. 

April 28th: EARTH


If we dig deep enough, can we reach "the other side?" What we reap is what we sow. Get your hands in the dirt and have fun! The mysteries below the surface are dark and full of promise, and we need a serious shovel and a pen. Join us for an evening of "unearthing" ideas, new ground or overgrown patches. As word archaeologists, we'll carefully brush away one layer of meaning at a time, aiming for the skeleton core of our stories, finding out what holds them up and defines their shape. 

You'll start off with a plot of "land" and design the landscape according to your most outlandish or simple creative wishes for creative growth. We'll get our hands dirty and search for hidden tunnels where good things happen underground.

May 26: SPIRIT


We are spirits in the material world. Your animal spirit, your inner you, the essence of your character, the spark that makes them unique.  We are looking to describe that “Je ne c’est quoi” that makes someone, well, that special someone.  No two people are exactly alike, just as no two villains, heroes, anti-heroes, protagonists, sidekicks or small town settings are identical, really. 

Join us as we uncover the inner “stuff,” the plasma core, the funky essence of your characters, and find out what their made of as you work your way out of our “escape room” challenge! It's gonna be good.