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! 



Fall Sessions:

OCTOBER 18th: Is that a Light in the Attic?: Creepy Tales to Curl Your Toes

Join us in the dynamic duplex to cook up some mystery writing concoctions that could turn your hair white (the latest trend, don chu no).
Hitchcock, King, Poe, Silverstein and Goosebumps will be our guides. Learn to hide a “red herring” in your text, create plot twists and lead your reader down exactly the right path…you’re in charge and have the only key. A Ouija board warm up will get us in the mood. Flashlight Open Mic to close out the night!

Dinner: Survival Subs, Chips and Pickles
Dessert: Creepy Crepes w/ Whipped Cream (ouch!) and fruit

6-8:30PM, $40

NOVEMBER 22: GrAttitude Adjustments:
Character Reform School

Join us in the dynamic duplex where you’ll pick from a line up of dastardly do-ers who desperately need a make over; a soul revision. We’ll “Project Runway” them into a shiny brand new version of themselves. They’ll likely scream and kick the entire way, but your pen is mightier than their sword on this night. Part exquisite corpse, part lobotomy, you’ll have them change their ways and become the good(ish) characters we all know is lurking somewhere inside….like, waaaaay deep down inside. Yuk. It’s the time of thanks giving, after all.

Dinner: Local Pizza, Salad and a rotten egg
Dessert: Pie!

6-8:30PM, $40

DECEMBER 21: Friday Night on Saturday!
Holiday Gift Session -
Makes & Takes & Writings in the afternoon

Please beg your parents to drop you off with us so they can finish all your shopping (make sure they have your wish list) and ensure they get at least one gift from you this season. All materials supplied. Create something special for family members in the Friday Night Writes! Saturday Session - never been done before, folks!

Bring a few photos of your favorite people (that you can cut and glue) and choose from 3 different options in our FNW Craft Shoppe!

Snacks (of course!): Cookies, Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Sticks!

1:00 - 3:30 PM, $35 discounted session price!

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: 

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

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! 

THE ESCAPE ROOM RETURNS!  Yo, Ho, Ho and a Message in Boot-le.