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Books Rock! Graphic Novel: Smile

March 21 @ 5:00 pm

Introducing our NEW BOOK CLUB for Tweens and Teens (recommended ages 11-14). Join other avid readers and an experienced, engaging facilitator to discuss books in-depth. Plus, participants get to give input for future book selections! Join acclaimed YA author Alex Sanchez, who has a graphic novel forthcoming in 2020, for an engaging book discussion. Raina Telgemeier's popular book Smile will be the topic of discussion for this engaging event!

Senior Sleuths (July 8 – July 12)

July 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(MORNINGS: for ages 12-14) This mystery camp for experienced detectives will help you hone your skills as sleuths, critical thinkers, and writers. With lots of logic puzzles and gruesome crimes, and plenty of opportunity to write your own mysteries, you’ll learn about the process of deduction and how logic helps us not only solve mysteries but learn and live well every day. Students will plan the perfect way to murder the instructor and get away with it (No actual murders…

Fiction in a Flash (July 8 – July 12)

July 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 12-14) How many words do you need to create a compelling story? Fewer than you think! Flash fiction is the art of crafting a very short story in which each and every word is essential. In this camp, we will learn about all the elements of fiction writing and how they relate to this unique form of storytelling. We will learn how to hook and captivate our reader, add unexpected twists and surprise endings, all while creating…

World Building (July 15 – July 19)

July 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(MORNINGS: for ages 12-14) Dragon riders! Snow storms on Jupiter! Join us for an exploration of surprising worlds, from fantasy to science fiction and everything in between. Learn new perspectives from which to build in-depth worlds in your creative writing. Together we will investigate classic tales of unconventional peoples and how stories are told. Every student will create the building blocks for a fictional world, which could include a map, “rules” for the world, characters, illustrations, and the beginnings of…

Afrofuturism: Writing a New World (July 15 – July 19)

July 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 12-14) Calling All World Makers! Using elements of science fiction, Afrofuturism explores the intersection of African/African-American culture with technology and ecology in order to interrogate and re-examine historical events. In this camp you will get to create a unique never-seen-before world! With magical amulets, future tech, mythology, mystery, history, and YOUR imagination, you will create a story in the hottest new literary genre: Afrofuturism!

Writing with Light (August 12 – August 16)

August 12 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

(ALL DAY: for ages 12-14) The word photography literally means “writing with light.” Combine the magic of film-based photography with the power of your words. Using a 35mm film camera (provided) and a pen and notebook, you will explore the uniqueness of the Neighborhood of the Arts. There will be opportunities to photograph and write about outdoor art such as wall murals and sculptures, the interior and exterior details of the many historic buildings, and the gardens and natural areas.…

I Wonder: Exploring Eternal Questions (August 19 – August 23)

August 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

(ALL DAY: for ages 12-14) Do you enjoy arguing . . . in defense of your ideas? Are you endlessly curious? What about searching for what lies beneath the surface? If so, this is the camp for you! Become a modern- day philosopher, learning how to debate and write creatively. Your personal journal will help capture your impressions and refine your philosophy. Class activities include invigorating discussions, meaningful writing prompts, all in an agora-like setting like ancient Greece. Our experience…

What is the World Coming To?! Exploring Dystopian Lit (August 26 – August 30)

August 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(MORNINGS: ages 12-14) A dystopia is an imagined state or society in which there is great suffering or injustice, but is it really just imagined – or do we currently live in a dystopian society? In this camp, we will discuss the background and history of the genre of dystopian fiction with special attention to the classic dystopian novel 1984. Through readings, discussion, movie clips, and writing exercises, this class will explore how fictional dystopian worlds share characteristics with and…

We Breathe Fire: Poetry Slam (August 26 – August 30)

August 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 12-14) Slam Poetry is an art form where performance meets reality. It is used to show one's story, to speak and breathe life into a poem. Spoken word is an outlet. A voice for those to shine and bring words to life—from sharing a funny moment to grappling with challenges, from celebrating joys to speaking out against injustices. You will study the works of traditional and contemporary poetry that will help inform and strengthen your own writing.…

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