Schedule and Workshops
Here's an example of how campers will spend each day.
|BREAKFAST||7:15 - 8:45 a.m.|
|First Session||9:00 - 10:15 a.m.|
|Second Session||10:30 - 11:45 a.m.|
|LUNCH||Noon - 1 p.m.|
|AFTERNOON POOL/RELAXATION TIME||1-2:15 p.m.|
|Fourth Session||2:30 - 3:15 p.m.|
|Fifth Session||3:30 - 4:15 p.m.|
|DINNER||5 - 6:15 p.m.|
|Casual Discussion/Activity w/ Alum||6:30 - 7:30 p.m.|
|Evening Reading/Performance by Workshops Leaders||8 - 9 p.m.|
|Last updated in March 10, 2017|
In these workshops, we’ll examine the initial phases of creating a short story. Using prompts and examples from literature, we’ll explore dramatic situations, openings, place, dialogue, place, and structure. Students will participate by crafting these elements into a story of their own. All you’ll need is a pen, some paper, and your imagination.
Tension, suspense, noir settings and techniques—all of these contribute to the creation of stories that will keep your readers on the edge of their seats. The workshops in this series will focus on these elements and offer advice on how to infuse them into your fiction. Vampires optional.
How do poems move? How do they flow? In this class, we'll learn how to make original poems that, through their rhythm and music, sound great read aloud. Throughout the experience, we'll use our voices as much as our pens to compose. (No singing talent required.)
The Lyric Essay, that's what. In this class, we'll uncover the riddle of this new genre, and we'll tell our stories through it, borrowing ideas and techniques from personal essays and story-poems. Bring your best stories, and a sense of humor.
In the Poetry workshops, we’ll enlist informal, playful writing exercises and sensory activities to serve as prompts to inspire creativity. Additionally, we’ll explore various texts as further starting points and models for our own writing. Together we’ll play with words and ideas with the goal of strengthening writing and thinking skills, as well as learning to find the poetry in the everyday.
In the Personal Essay workshops, our focus will be to cultivate curiosity about our own stories and learn to synthesise life experiences into compelling, expressive writing. Using techniques of peer response, we’ll learn how to refine and shape these stories. The practice of crafting personal narratives serves not only as a starting point for college application essays, but also as a way for students to begin to understand their personal brand.
What does it take to write drama, the real deal of the stage? And how can we make our words sound like they're genuine and authentic? In this experience, we'll see how to make dialogue "create" character in a script, and focus on how that dialogue can be as real as possible.
Hemingway and his buddies used to play a game: Who could make the best short story in just a few words? The man himself came up with, "Baby shoes. For sale. Hardly worn." Lots of drama and plot in just that one line! We'll play this game, and see how well we can create strong fiction with just a few gestures and words.