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Monday: Comedy Improvisation

April 15 @ 9:00 am

Students will learn the basics of improv, acting without a script, through a variety of theatre and comedy improv games such as those featured on, Whose Line is it Anyway? Then they will present some of their favorite games for friends and family at 2:00.

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Taste of Writers & Books, Ages 10-13

April 15 @ 9:00 am - April 19 @ 3:00 pm

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Tuesday: Black Panther & Afrofuturism

April 16 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

We’ll explore the creation of our own Wakandan-based kingdom or “queendom” with inspiration from the Black Panther movie, West African cultures, history, magic, myth, and futuristic technology. We'll create our own story to bring stability and peace to an imaginary dystopian world. Wakanda Forever!

Wednesday: World Building

April 17 @ 9:00 am

We'll explore how to build in-depth worlds in your creative writing. We'll investigate fantasy and classic tales of alternate worlds, then create the building blocks for a fictional world, which could include a map, “rules” for the world, characters, illustrations, and the beginnings of stories!

Thursday: Hogwarts Day One

April 18 @ 9:00 am

Jump into the world of all things Harry Potter! You will make a wand, write for the Daily Prophet, and take your own Hogwarts classes such as Charms, History of Magic, and more!

Friday: Hogwarts Day Two

April 19 @ 9:00 am

Another day immersed in the world of Harry Potter! You will have Hogwarts lessons such as Care of Magical Creatures and Defense Against the Dark Arts, and write for the Daily Prophet. It is not necessary to participate in Day One in order to participate in Day Two!

Your Incredible Illustrated Story (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

(ALL DAY: for ages 10-13) What do you want to say? In this exciting collaboration between Writers & Books and the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery, you’ll create your own fantastically illustrated and self-written story while learning from master teaching artists: a writer and a visual artist. You’ll learn the tools of the trade—how to illustrate an idea, choose a fitting style, and draw things you don’t know how to draw—and learn the basics of plot, character, and…

Build-A-Book (August 5 – August 9)

August 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

(ALL DAY: for ages 10-13) So you want to write a book, but you need a plan? Learn how to plot a book chapter by chapter, taking your great idea and turning it into a juicy plot! Observe how ordinary people and places can help you bring your book’s characters to life and become heroes and villains while on our daily walking trips to sites in the Neighborhood of the Arts. We’ll study author’s craft using your personal copy of…

Hike & Write! (August 12 – August 16)

August 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(MORNINGS: for ages 10-13) In this camp students will express themselves in writing, using nature as a unique source of inspiration! We will travel outdoors to explore, observe, record, and discuss all that nature has to offer. In addition to exploring the local neighborhood, we might take a city bus excursion to Highland Park, Pinnacle Hill, and/or Cobbs Hill to see Rochester in a new light, so put on your hiking shoes! And we will also travel indoors to Writers…

Writing a Fiction Series (August 12 – August 16)

August 12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 10-13) What could be better than seeing your favorite series stretching out along the library shelf, going on and on? What could beat the thrill of a favorite author releasing a new novel? How about writing your own serial adventure? Whether you want to build on a favorite series or create your own fiction franchise, you’ll write a complete episode of your own! We will start with strong beginnings that hook and ground the reader, and consider…

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