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CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT

Our virtual workshops are Zooming right along!  We are hosting all our workshops and events via Zoom video-conferencing until the threat of COVID-19 has passed.

What better way to stay engaged and creative through this surreal moment in time? Stay healthy, everyone.  We’ll get through this – with social distancing – together.

creative writing workshops & community

School Visits, Libraries & Small Private Groups

The Writers Circle Can Come to You!

The Writers Circle’s author-instructors can come to your school, library, adult program, or community organization.  We customize our workshops for your specific needs and interests.  Details and pricing below. Please use our Professional Development Booking form online to schedule a presentation or workshop.


School & Library Visits

The Writers Circle’s School and Library Workshops inspire everyone to experience the joy of creative writing. We encourage participants to tap into their creativity and get excited about their imaginative ideas, then get those ideas down on paper.  Our techniques and curricula are designed to surprise and invite the unexpected. Our approach intentionally shifts the focus from structural writing to imaginative creations that can be explored, crafted, and polished.

 

At The Writers Circle, we hand-pick our instructors for their professional experience as published authors and their compassion for the creative process. As authors, our approach focuses on students’ ideas and imaginations, and sets aside (at least temporarily) technical concerns such as grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Although these technicalities are essential to a good finished product, we have discovered that students embrace writing more enthusiastically when asked to “play with words.”

How we work with students of all ages

Our curricula is designed to fire the imagination, and tailored to the appropriate grade or level of experience. We draw on sensory experience and unconventional prompts to guide beginners and experienced writers alike to explore outside the box. We’ll help them face the risky, vulnerable experience of writing and show them how to accept and share feedback, so that they can shape instructor and peer input to make their creations the best they can be.

Our adult workshops focus on inspiration and essential elements of craft that guide and nurture creativity at all levels of writing experience.

Our virtual workshops take the same creative, inspiring approach but are hosted online. 

 

Youth Workshops

  • Storytellers Circle (Grades 1-3): Understanding stories is the first step toward writing them. Each Storytellers Circle begins with a folktale or story read aloud as a jumping off point for discussing story elements. Children make their own stories through group interaction, writing, illustration, music, movement and fun. Students gain appreciation for the imaginative process and build confidence in their own ability to create fascinating tales.
  • Story Magic (Grades 3-5): Through group dynamics, imaginative prompts and role-playing exercises, students learn the basic elements of story creation and put their inspirations on paper. Children gain confidence in a fun, non-judgmental environment where everyone supports each other’s ideas. Home writing is suggested but not required. The goal is to ignite the creative spark by temporarily casting off rigid academic requirements.
  • Out of this World (Grades 4-6): Explore and create new worlds, time periods, peoples and creatures all your own! Whether you want to travel backward, forward or sideways in time, or slip off to another universe that only exists in your imagination, this is the class for you. Get ready to climb aboard your spaceships, slay your dragons, capture oompity-boops or what-nots with us. The sky is the limit—actually no, nothing is the limit! If you can imagine it, you can write it in this workshop where creativity rules! 
  • BeTWEEN the Lines (Grades 5-7): Kids learn how to get their ideas on paper, and then how to make their stories really work. This class bridges the playful ideas of Story Magic into a more mature environment where gentle, constructive critique and group discussion introduce and refine students’ understanding of the elements and challenges of story-making. Students will build confidence and improve their writing in an open-minded, positive and often exuberant atmosphere.
  • Stranger than Fiction (various grades): Everyone’s life is filled with great stories. Make believe is fun, but nothing is more powerful or fascinating than real life. Or at least, it can be, if you know where to look and how to write with attitude, flair, and honesty. This class explores each writer’s unique voice and perspective on their world.
  • Teen Writers Circle (Grades 9-12): This class balances inspiration with discipline, teaching students to accept critique, revise thoroughly and work toward story completion. We will delve into story elements like plot, character, pacing, point of view and style, inviting students to explore any genre they choose. Past teens have written everything from reality-based to fantasy and science fiction and have worked on plays, poetry, memoir, essays and much more. Teens will find ease and confidence in their writing by honing their skills in a creative, nurturing environment. 
  • Historical Fiction (various grades): In this workshop, we invite students to take a step into the past, utilizing research and their imaginations to envision life at a specific place and time in history. We will discuss world-building, anachronisms, the role of research and how it applies to developing character, conflict and more. Students will be enticed to immerse themselves into the past in a creative and compelling way.
  • Poetry (various grades): Using the best contemporary, grade-appropriate poetry as models, students will learn to pack a punch with their words and attempt to reach the sublime. This workshop will convince students who previously groaned when they heard the word “poetry” that this art form can be accessible, expressive, and fun.
  • College Essay (Grades 10-12): This half-day workshop guides students toward a draft of their college essays while introducing them to stress reduction techniques that will ease them through the college application process. Students brainstorm for an engaging topic that fulfills one of the current year’s essay prompts, then develop a working draft that fits the Common App requirements. 

Adult Workshops

  • Spark Your Creativity: Just as fire needs a spark, imagination needs to be kindled. Nurture your creative impulses with a series of fun, innovative exercises and prompts that use writing as a means of expression and exploration. Be prepared to surprise yourself!
  • Mini-Memoir: Who will read your memoir writing? Who really cares? That all depends on how personal and how universal your story is. We’ll talk about how to achieve both in this short, introductory workshop.
  • Intro to Flash: Writing Short-Short Prose: Flash fiction, sudden fiction, microfiction, prose poetry—the short-short form offers boundless possibilities. A 1,000-word limit can contain the emotional realism of memoir, the lyricism of poetry, and the imaginative worlds of fiction. Writing short can also be fun, giving you the opportunity to experiment and play.
  • The Art of Journaling: Anne Frank’s diary may be the most famous example of personal journaling in a time of crisis. Whether we are living through a historic moment of time or simply recording thoughts and experiences of our daily lives, journaling can be a rich record of our own growth through moments of challenge, triumphs, losses, and of the relationships that matter most. Join us to jot down thoughts and emotions that plumb the depths of our moment in time.
  • Elements of Fiction: This series of four mini-workshops, which can be offered individually or as a series, introduces writers to the essential tools of creative writing: characterplotdialogue and setting. In each class, we share unique prompts and inspiring exercises that break down each element and demonstrate how they combine to create engaging narratives.

If you have something else in mind, please contact us.  We can craft a special creative writing workshop to meet your specific interests and needs.

On-Site Fees

    • 2-hour session: $500 per TWC instructor
    • 4-hour session: $1,000 per TWC instructor
    • Full-day session (6 hours): $1,250 per TWC instructor
    • 20 participant maximum per TWC instructor

Virtual Workshop Fees

    • $190 per hour per TWC instructor
      • 1-2 hour sessions available

Please use our In-School Booking form online to schedule student workshops.

Contact us to find out more.


Homeschools and Small Private Groups

The Writers Circle works with homeschools and small private groups, using the same creative approach, no matter the venue.

Fees

  • Elementary School Age groups: $40/student/class (1 – 1.25 hours/class)
  • Middle/High School Age groups: $42.50/student/class (1.25 – 1.5 hours/class)
  • Adult programs: $45/student/class (1.5 – 2 hours/class)
  • Virtual workshops and semester-long rates are available.

All programs require a minimum of six participants. Contact us to find out more.


The Writers Circle Professional Development

The Writers Circle’s Unique Approach

The Writers Circle’s Professional Development programs help teachers discover ways to inspire their students to tap into their creativity and find joy and excitement in writing.  Our techniques and curricula are designed to surprise and invite the unexpected. Our approach intentionally shifts the focus from structural writing to imaginative creations that can be explored, crafted, and polished.

At The Writers Circle, we hand-picked our instructors for their professional experience as published authors and their compassion for the creative process. As authors, our approach focuses on students’ ideas and imaginations, and sets aside (at least temporarily) technical concerns such as grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Although these technicalities are essential to a good finished product, we have discovered that students embrace writing more enthusiastically when asked to “play with words.”

What We Offer Teachers

We will work with your teachers to model our approach, tailoring our curricula to the grades they teach. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes that day, as we encourage everyone to sit on the floor, just as we do in our classes! We draw on sensory experience and unconventional prompts to guide teachers and students to explore outside the box.  As we do in our own workshops, we’ll inspire your teachers to renewed energy, ideas, and creative approaches to writing. We’ll help them understand the risky, vulnerable experience of writing and show them how to make writers comfortable receiving and sharing feedback.

Fees

  • 2-hour session: $500 per TWC instructor
  • 4-hour session: $1,000 per TWC instructor
  • Full-day session (6 hours): $1,250 per TWC instructor
  • Virtual sessions: $200 per hour per TWC instructor
  • 20 participant maximum per TWC instructor
  • Teachers should be grouped in the following grade groupings:
    • K-2
    • 3-5
    • 6-8
    • 9-12

Take-Aways

TWC Curricula

Based on the grade level and the genre of writing selected, we will share a selection of TWC’s curricula with prompts guaranteed to inspire your students to new levels of creativity.

Tools For Schools

TWC Prompt Decks and Games

For an additional fee, we will supply teachers with The Writers Circle’s Plotfoolery Writing Adventure and a selection of Story Magic Creativity Decks to help students develop characters and place them in unique and challenging situations. These original teaching aids are the perfect add-on to a professional development session and work well in classrooms from kindergarten to adults.

Please use our Professional Development Booking form online to schedule teacher workshops.

Contact us to find out more.