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Tiny Tales: Flash Fiction (July 15 – July 19)

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

(MORNINGS: for ages 14+) Sometimes inspiration strikes you in a glimpse, an image, or a moment. Sometimes those nuggets lead to full-fledged poems, stories, or creative essays, but other times, those slices become more powerful in the shortest form—the flash. In this week-long fiction intensive for teen writers, we’ll discuss sharp muses and condensed language, and discover together, how, according to Robert Olen Butler, both yearning and epiphany can occur in the same moment to unlock powerful truths—even in fiction.

Writing Movies (July 15 – July 19)

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

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 14+) All the best stuff happens before the cameras roll! In this camp we’ll talk about what makes screenplays work and learn basic techniques by focusing on structure, story, characters, dialogue, and format. We’ll watch scenes from different movie genres and break down their scripts to see how the writer made it all happen. Students should come in with ideas for a plot or a character in a situation. We’ll help each other develop ideas as we…

CAMP FULL: Dumbledore’s Army (July 22 – July 26)

July 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

(ALL DAY: for ages 14+) Are you considering a career as an auror? Do you look up to the members of the Order of the Phoenix? Do you wish you had more opportunities to gather with like-minded wizards and witches? We will begin each day in the Great Hall with all the Hogwarts students for a large group activity, then we will disappear into the Room of Requirement for serious studies. Activities and advanced areas of study will include: Wands,…

Celebrating our Stories: A Workshop for LGBTQ+ Teens and Allies (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(MORNINGS: for ages 14+) Together, we’ll create a safe and fun space to share LGBTQ+ stories, poetry, and songs. We'll learn about the craft of writing and storytelling and write our own stories about love, gender, friendship, family, coming out, and other joys and struggles of queerness in our lives. And we'll celebrate growing up "different." Come learn more about writing, meet new friends, write the stories you've always wanted to write, tell your truth, and be yourself.

Fairytale Heroines (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 14+) We’ve all learned about Sleepy Snow White and Drowsy Sleeping Beauty. But fairytales worldwide feature heroines with a little more oomph who were much less likely to doze off at inopportune times. In this camp students will explore fairytale heroines and discuss new ways to look at some of the classics we’ve read since we were just little kids. Students will work together to create a book of their very own modern fairy tales with a…

Teen Comedy Improv (August 5 – August 9)

August 5 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(AFTERNOONS: for teens) Have you ever seen the television show Whose Line is It Anyway? and thought, “I’d like to do that!” Here’s your chance! Comedy improvisation is the art of acting without a script. You will try many theatre games, sometimes plugging in audience suggestions, with the result being at best hilarious and at the least entertaining. In this experiential camp, students will learn the craft of comedy improvisation through playing warm-up and group-building games, and finally the improv…

Writing with the Hermit Crab (August 12 – August 16)

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

(MORNINGS: for ages 14+) Hermit crab?! What does this creature have to do with creative writing?! Just as the hermit crab finds a new home in a shell that once belonged to another animal, writing of any genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) can find a home in different shaped “shells” or forms. In this camp, students will use alternative structures to explore their ideas—for example, a dictionary entry for grief that explores a writer’s loss, or a soundtrack that explores a…

Citizens: A Conversation on Race, Identity, & Democracy (August 12 – August 16)

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

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 14+) Using Claudia Rankine’s book Citizen: An American Lyric, which recounts acts of racism in lyrical prose poems, as a jumping off point, we will engage in discussion and writing around racial, identity, and social justice issues. We will examine the question of what makes a person the “other.” Through open, ongoing dialogue and an arts process students will create original stories of everyday encounters with nuances of racism and identity, to facilitate a healing dialogue. An…

Writing Characters: Heroes, Villains, and Everybody In Between (August 19 – August 23)

August 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(MORNINGS: for ages 14+) What makes Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, or Twilight’s Bella and Edward so real and beloved? Bringing characters to life in words can feel almost magical. We'll create some of that magic through fun exercises, discussions, videos, and lots of writing. You’ll learn to develop unique, dynamic, and passionate characters from the inside out, making them as vivid as your best friend or worst enemy and able to connect with your readers like never before.

It’s Alive! Frankenstein and Sci-Fi (August 19 – August 23)

August 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 14+) Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley in a competition with her husband and a friend to write the best horror story, is an early example of science fiction and, some have argued, the first true science fiction story. In this camp, we will use Frankenstein as a springboard to discuss the science fiction genre and to consider the consequences and controversies surrounding certain scientific advancements. Through readings, discussion, activities, and writing exercises, the class will also contemplate…

Your Own Graphic Novel (August 26 – August 30)

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

(MORNINGS: for ages 14+) Are you a comics or manga fan eager to tell your own stories combining words and pictures? Together we’ll explore how to write a dynamic and visual plot, create compelling characters, script lifelike dialogue, and conceive action-oriented illustrations that leap to life on the page. No matter what your writing or drawing skill-level, you’ll unleash new superpowers as you create your very own awesome mini-comic or manga.

Uncanny Flash Fiction: Sinister Utopias and Magical Mega-Cities (August 26 – August 30)

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

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 14+) What if hackers used magic? Or ghosts explored space? Maybe aliens have already come to Earth but live inside our smartphones. Some worlds are stranger—and faster—than others. In this class we’ll take fantasy and sci-fi world-building to a new level by combining it with flash fiction. Students will craft short works of uncanny fiction through a series of simple and exciting writing exercises. Along the way, we’ll visit bizarre worlds crafted by masters of sci-fi and…

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