SUMMER CAMPS 2018

JUNE

1A: Storycraft: Short Fiction
Fiction with Bird, ages 14-17
June 25-29, 10am-1pm  

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Mind power. Visions. Creatures. Humanity. Fiction is not just writing down a string of words that convey a basic message; it's exploring the corners of your brain, having imaginary conversations, creating a world and every last detail in it. This session’s challenge will be plumbing the depths of our imaginations to create a complete piece of shortform fiction - but don’t worry, we’ll stop to refuel with lots of fun exercises along the way.

1B: Life in 10 Minutes
Nonfiction with Valley, ages 12-14
June 25-29, 2-5pm

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Rant. Dream. Raise your fists at the sky. Wonder. Ask. Love. Bleed. Dig. Explore. Revel. In this one week Life in 10 Minutes workshop for teens, we will start in the present moment and write our hearts out, letting our pens lead the way through the jungles, caves, mountains and valleys of our interior lives. We will explore free-writing, memoir, and the art of the personal essay. Everyone will have a chance to publish an original piece on www.lifein10minutes.com. Bring your journal and your pen; leave your critic at the door.


JULY

2A: The Hydra: Experiments with Art & Form    
Mixed Genre with Bird, ages 14-17
July 9-13, 10am-1pm    

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The hydra is a many-headed serpent, a moon of Pluto, a massive constellation, and a tiny animal that never ages. It's a good place to start when thinking about hybrid forms of expression. We'll be exploring nonlinear writing, genre blurring, unusual writing structures and potent concoctions of poetry and fiction, nonfiction and surrealism, language and image, and other weird, powerful intersections. Join us if you don't like rules.

2B: Little Bit of This / Little Bit of That - THIS CAMP IS FULL!
Sampler with Julie Ward, ages 9-11
July 9-13, 2-5pm    

In the course of one week, you will write across genres and across forms: from haikus to to storybooks to creative nonfiction, you will enter another dimension, create your own apocalypse, and learn the meaning behind melted clocks. In RYW's Little Bit of This / Little Bit of That, you'll be challenged to write some of the weirdest, wackiest stuff in only a few days! With rotating prompts daily -- no, hourly; no, minutely! -- you and your notebook are sure to make it to lands never known.

3A: Cartoons, Comics & Graphic Novels
Comics with Gary, ages 11-14
July 16-20, 10am-1pm

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For many writers and artists, “sequential narratives” hold a powerful appeal. In a sense comics and graphic novels are movies that don’t move, although there are storytelling possibilities that are unique to the comics medium. The combination of words and pictures are a compelling way to tell stories, and in recent years comics has moved far beyond simple stories of costumed superheroes or lovelorn teens, to encompass the full range of storytelling possibilities. For the novice comics creator the questions are, “Where do I begin? How to I find the words, how do I draw the pictures, and how do I put them together?” Veteran comics writing professional Gary Cohn can help you find your way into this absorbing storytelling medium.

3B: In Pictures: Photojournaling  
Nonfiction with Julie Ward, ages 9-11
July 16-20, 2-5pm

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How many photos do you look at a day? How many of those photos need a story to go with them? In this RYW camp, we will examine what makes photography attractive to us, why we take photographs, and why photographs are worth 1,000 words. What exactly do those 1,000 words look like? We will explore through the lens of our journals how a single photo can connect the seemingly unrelated, intertwined stories of our lives. But first, let's take a selfie.

4A: Electric Pyramid: But First, Flamingos!     
Poetry with Bird, ages 12-14
July 23-27, 10am-1pm  
         

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Lyric poetry celebrates the breathtaking moment, the wildly memorable image, the subtlety and the solemnity of time passing. What happens when you combine heartbreak with coral reefs? Infinity with the wind in the pines? Your spirit and the color turquoise? Join us in getting deep and exploring the unexpected common threads of the universe - in free verse.

4B: Monsters, Muck, and Moonpies
Fiction with Suzanne, ages 9-11
July 23-27, 2-5pm            

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We like weird stuff. Strange glop seeping from the closet, you say? All for it! Is your best friend sprouting fangs from his armpit? Cool. Has your story's hero suddenly begun to speak like a record played backwards? We're digging it. Twilight Zone's got nothing on us.(We're into retro too.) While your characters might have started this morning feeling normal, their day is about to go sideways as we hatch a comical, creepy, gooey mess.

5A: Star-Crossed    
Fiction with Suzanne, ages 12-14
July 30-Aug 3, 10am-1pm  

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Who hasn't felt at times like the deck was stacked against them? And what about that delicious feeling of anticipation waiting for two characters who clearly belong in one another's lives to finally meet? Honestly, there's nothing that hooks us more in a story than sensing that a larger force is at play. Whether it's thwarted love or a full-scale hero's journey, exploring destiny's hand in our characters' lives gives our stories universal appeal. Join us as we weave diabolical plots full of missed connections, undeniable magnetism, and sometimes tragic consequences.

5B: Life in 10 Minutes
Nonfiction with Valley, ages 15-17
July 30-Aug 3, 2-5pm

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Rant. Dream. Raise your fists at the sky. Wonder. Ask. Love. Bleed. Dig. Explore. Revel. In this one week Life in 10 Minutes workshop for teens, we will start in the present moment and write our hearts out, letting our pens lead the way through the jungles, caves, mountains and valleys of our interior lives. We will explore free-writing, memoir, and the art of the personal essay. Everyone will have a chance to publish an original piece on www.lifein10minutes.com. Bring your journal and your pen; leave your critic at the door.


AUGUST

6A: Stuck in an Elevator: Screenwriting & Scene Building
Screenwriting with Bird, ages 14-17
August 6-10, 10am-1pm

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Got a good story that you can imagine being a great movie or TV show? Learn the basics of screenwriting--format, act structure, dialogue and more--and get started on a screenplay that you can submit to competitions, act out with friends or film yourself! Participants will familiarize themselves with the most malleable of professional writing genres while developing a screenplay or teleplay concept.

6B: I Talk Back
Nonfiction with Elizabeth, ages 12-14
August 6-10, 2-5pm

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Are you bursting with things to say about the world around you? Things that make you hopeful, angry, joyous, excited or scared? Your voice is one of your most powerful tools for acting on your world. In this class specially designed for female-identifying and gender-nonconforming youth, we’ll tackle big questions like equality, body image and current events through our letters, poetry, free-writing and more. Gain skills and confidence making your voice heard and persuading others on issues that are important to you.

7A: Superheroes Live Here!
Fiction with Suzanne, ages 9-11
August 13-17, 10am-1pm

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Superheroes are more than folks in tights and capes! We’ll devise your hero’s alter ego, achilles heel, origin story, mission on Earth and more! Naturally everyone needs a buddy, even those with unusual powers, so we’ll add sidekicks into the mix and of course the dreaded Arch Nemesis! Whether your superhero wear keds and just want to finish their math homework or is on their millionth space trek to Zebulon, we need to tell their story. 

7B: Flora and Fauna of RVA: Exploring Poetic Forms
Poetry with Kayla, ages 14-17
August 13-17, 2-5pm
        

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Explore tried and new poetic forms while learning about the Richmond’s rich web of flora and fauna. In this workshop, young writers will explore various poetic forms through the lens of our local ecosystem. We will draw inspiration from snakeroot, the twenty spotted lady beetle, partridge peas, the phantom crane fly to write odes, litanies, ballads, limericks, and more. Specimens will be provided (and are welcome) for inspiration and exploration. 

8A: Divination
Mixed Genre with Bird, ages 12-15
August 20-24, 10am-1pm

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Bird got her first Tarot deck at age 14, and she has read cards for friends since 2005. In this workshop, she’ll dig into the history of Tarot as participants create a collaborative Writer’s Tarot deck that they get to take home! Throughout the week, cards created in the workshop will serve as prompts for new works of flash fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

8B: Who & Why: Creating Convincing Characters
Fiction with Elizabeth, ages 9-11
August 20-24, 2-5pm

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A lot of us know the what, when, and where of our stories, but equally important are the who and the why—our characters and the motivations for what they do! In this class we’ll explore the doers, dreamers, and darers behind our tales. Who they are, how they came to be, and the way they see their worlds. Our stories will become richer and more relatable as we get to know our characters on a deeper level.