Session 1: for students entering 8th and 9th grade in 2021-22
June 14-18, 2021; 10:00-12:00pm
Session 2: for students entering 6th and 7th grade in 2021-22
June 21-25, 2021; 10:00-12:00pm
All classes are virtual.
Writer's Playground is designed for students with an interest in creative writing, although no experience is required. For reluctant writers, or for those who want support in academic writing, Creator School recommends Palo Alto Writing Academy.
In Writer's Playground, we will explore different genres of your choice: fiction, memoir, scriptwriting, or poetry. (Please indicate your preferences when you register, and we will make choices based on the group’s overall areas of interest.) We will also play with a variety of techniques, such as idea generation, dialogue, imagery, character development, and foreshadowing and/or suspense, depending on the class interests.
A typical class will include:
Improv-style warm-up activities
Reading of mentor texts
Writing exercises and drafting time
Workshopping with peers
A celebration of our work at the end of the week!
The instructors will provide personal feedback. We will also participate in structured writing workshops, with guidelines and protocols for evaluating our peers' writing and giving each other constructive feedback in a supportive environment.
Each class is capped at 16 students - enough that we will have a wealth of ideas and perspectives - but small enough to create a strong sense of community and ensure personalized attention from the instructors every day.
Our two teachers, Kari Nygaard and Renee Johnson, are experienced, popular JLS middle school teachers with a passion for creative writing - and for their students!