These are REAL TEEN CREATIVE WRITERS. (just trapped in kids’ bodies – but not for long!)
See what a bunch of passionate young teen writers got up to at The Writers Circle’s
2016 Summer Creative Writing Intensives.
|We wrote 8-word bios to introduce ourselves – a Summer Intensive tradition!|
And then there was Wiffle-ball Words:
Inside and OUT!
Each morning we broke out for our three genre workshops:
Fiction with Christina Kapp, Jennifer Walkup, Judith Lindbergh and Michelle Cameron,
Sci-fi/Fantasy with Paul Witcover (Week 1), Creative Nonfiction with Lisa Romeo (Week 2),
Poetry with Catherine Doty (Week 3), Screenwriting with Carol Forbes (Week 3),
and our brand new Creative Writing Samplers – three genres in one –
with Lisa Romeo and Laurie Albanese (Weeks 1 and 2).
And don’t think we sat inside at desks all day. That’s not The Writers Circle way!
Food, Friends, and FRISBEE!
Time for lunch, socializing and some running around! Does the brain and body good. And, hey, no matter how talented, they’re still kids!
Time for AFTERNOON FREE-WRITE
Our afternoon free-write is the most valued and beloved part of our program. Imagine 30-40 kids spread out on the grass, under trees, tucked on benches in the shade or on a comfy couch inside, tapping or scratching away at their words for a full hour. If it sounds like writer’s heaven, then you truly understand what the Summer Intensives are all about!
Monday afternoons we welcomed three terrific guest speakers:
WEDNESDAY SPECIAL EVENTS
On Wednesdays, we shook things up with special off-campus excursions and all-day group projects guided by some very special guest artists.
Week 1: Return to the Deserted Village of Feltville
The subject was “MURDER!” and it was happening – or happened – somewhere in the woods.
We explored the ruins, from broken down porches to a mysterious cemetery.
|We jotted down notes on everything we witnessed, then started to piece together the “evidence.”|
|Finally we broke into groups and got writing. At the end, we shared our murder mysteries and mysterious murders, including a little bit of set design and acting!|
Week 2: All Day Poetry Extravaganza with award-winning poet BJ Ward.
BJ started the day with wild words that opened up our minds to possibilities of language.
Finally, we took our notebooks to Drew University’s Arboretum to breathe our thoughts onto the page.
Week 3: The Cloisters Museum – our first visit to New York City –
where we slipped into the medieval past or the dystopian future, depending on how we chose to interpret this incredible setting!
And at every step of the way, every single day, there was LISTENING and SHARING.
On Thursdays, we rehearsed. And on Fridays, we celebrated each week’s hard work with a reading for invited family and friends.
|Each student shared a short piece, then introduced the next reader using our 8-word bios from the first day|
The Summer Intensive wouldn’t be intense without our truly awesome and inspiring instructors:
Everything ran smoothly, thanks to our fantastic staff:
Chantal – our INCOMPARABLE Program Coordinator!
and our multi-talented, up-for-anything interns:
Be sure to read some of these young writers’ work at
The Writers Circle Journal Online.
Please join us next summer!
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