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Telling Tales (July 15 – July 19)

July 15 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

(ALL DAY: for ages 7-9) In this exciting collaboration between Writers & Books and the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery, you’ll create your own characters and explore your own story ideas while learning at the hand of 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 setting,…

My Name in Print (July 15 – July 19)

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

(MORNINGS: for ages 8-11) Write, write, write! We will spend the first part of this camp producing poems, stories, journal entries, and creative essays through imaginative writing prompts. Participants will be encouraged to try all genres, but will focus on the one(s) they feel most passionately about. Participants will learn to make the most of their writing by sharpening their editing and revising skills. Then they will select their favorite work, which will become part of a class anthology. At…

Riding & Writing (July 15 – July 19)

July 15 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

(ALL DAY: for ages 9-12) Horseback riding and creative writing combined! We’ll spend the full day Tuesday and Thursday at Double G Ranch in Bergen (transportation from W&B will be provided), working with real horses! We’ll learn horse care and riding skills. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be spent at Writers & Books making our own horse-inspired journals, recording our equine experiences, learning horse terminology, and creating horse-centered pieces of writing. On Friday we’ll have a reading of our new…

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…

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…

The Secret Lives of Animals (July 15 – July 19)

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

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 8-11) From the Talking Beasts of Narnia to the Warrior Cats to the owl Hedwig, animal characters fill youth fiction with adventure, both realistic and fantastic. We’ll observe real animals with a ZooMobile visit. We’ll share our favorite animal stories and write some of our own. We’ll make the kinds of choices authors face when writing animal characters. To anthropomorphize (make like humans) or not? Can they talk with each other, with other animals, with humans? How…

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!

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