Sarah Lawrence College's Writing Institute Upcoming Youth Courses
Creative Writing Workshop: 5th/6th Grade Fiction Workshop
June 3rd - July 1st
6 sessions, $480
In this course, we’ll explore what makes good fiction work and the fun side of writing. We'll brainstorm ideas, work on our artistic voices, develop stories with energetic structures, write a lot, play some games, but most of all we'll discover the fun and joy in writing. Students will write a number of smaller pieces, building up to something larger. We’ll support each other through free writes, exercises and workshopping. We'll read a number of published pieces as well and talk about what works and what doesn't. Students will get hands-on experience with everything they need to craft the first draft of a long story or novel in (just over) one month.
Creative Writing Workshop for 7th to 9th Graders
6:00 pm – 8:00pm
June 3rd-July 1st
6 sessions, $480
In this course we’ll take a step-by-step look at what makes good fiction work: brainstorming the right idea, mapping the plot, developing characters, choosing a setting, and working with tone. Set your own word count goal for the duration of the class and together, we’ll support each other through free writes, exercises, and workshopping. You’ll get hands-on experience with everything you’ll need to craft the first draft of a long story or novel in (just over) one month.
**All levels of writing experience welcome. Students can use this class to write a piece that is as long (or as short) as they choose.
Katie Rainey (BFA, University of North Carolina School of the Arts; BA, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; MFA, Sarah Lawrence College) is a writer, teacher, videographer, and editor from Little Rock, Arkansas. At various times, she has taught poetry, fiction, theatre, photography, English as a Second Language and filmmaking in Arkansas, North Carolina, New York, Belgium and Rwanda. She currently teaches in New York City with Community Word Project and MagicBox Productions. She encourages her students to question everything in order to deepen their understanding of the world around them and their own artistic voices. She believes that play and experimentation in the classroom leads to a higher level of critical thinking and a lifelong love for reading and writing.