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2024 Youth Summer Camp: 9th-12th Grade IN PERSON

$325.00 · July 8

In this week-long Creative Writing Camp, campers will write without worrying about grades or deadlines, create new work and polish existing pages, and work closely with professional writers who will help to guide their process and answer any questions about writing, publishing, living the writing life, and more.

Start Date

July 8

Day(s) of the Week

Monday

Class Times

9:00am – 12:00pm CT

Sessions

5

Location

Chicago Studio

Instructor

Price

$325

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Description

  • Author’s Craft: “Craft Talks”: Campers will engage in short, published pieces as we explore ways professional writers produce vivid, imaginative work. We’ll investigate how language comes to life on the page and “borrow” those techniques as we experiment in our own writing.
  • Writing: Writing prompts and activities will spark imagination, help break through blocks, and encourage new heights of creativity. Campers will have a chance to explore various genres including flash fiction, memoir, and poetry.
  • Workshopping: Sharing work and giving feedback on what’s working well and what opportunities we can find in each piece (whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, or poetry). We’ll talk about where we can extend scenes and dialogue to push the narrative, how word choice can affect the piece as a whole, how to spice up language and how writers can find—and trust—their own amazing original voice using others’ ideas to build upon our own.
  • Showcase: Campers will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform their written work in the Studio. Students can invite 2 friends or family to attend.

Daily Timeline & Breakdowns

Monday 7/8: WHAT IS WRITING? 
Welcome + Introductions, foundational elements of writing, begin fiction writing

  • [9am]: Introductions and overview of the week
    • Community-building, norm setting, creativity goals, learning about basic foundations of fiction writing
    • Writing Warm-Up
  • [10:00-10:30 am]: Mentor text reading & Craft Talk discussion
  • [10:30-11:00 am]: Individual Studio Writing Time
  • [11:00 am]: Whole community share
    Honoring the day’s work
    Expectations for giving and receiving feedback
  • [11:50-12pm]: Wrap up and End for the Day, preview of next day’s session

*Up to two 5-minute brain breaks will be scheduled as needed daily at various times.

Tuesday 7/9: WHO IS MY CHARACTER? 
Continuing our fiction short story + receiving feedback workshop style

  • [9am]: Writing Warm-Up
    • Using creative brainstorming exercises to continue refining our fiction story from previous day
  • [10:00-10:30 am]: Mentor text reading & Craft Talk discussion
  • [10:30-11:00 am]: Individual Studio Writing Time
  • [11:00 am]: Whole community share
    • Honoring the day’s work
    • Giving and receiving feedback
  • [11:50-12pm]: Wrap up and End for the Day, preview of next day’s session

*Up to two 5-minute brain breaks will be scheduled as needed daily at various times.

Wednesday 7/10: WHO AM I AND WHAT IS MY STORY?
Making sense of our experiences through memoir writing

  • [9am]: Elements of memoir writing
    • Discussing the elements of memoir writing and how it differs from fiction
    • Writing Warm-Up
  • [10:00-10:30 am]: Mentor text reading & Craft Talk discussion
  • [10:30-11:00 am]: Individual Studio Writing Time
  • [11:00 am]: Whole community share
    • Honoring the day’s work
    • Giving and receiving feedback
  • [11:50-12pm]: Wrap up and End for the Day, preview of next day’s session

*Up to two 5-minute brain breaks will be scheduled as needed daily at various times.

Thursday 7/11: ECONOMY OF WORDS THROUGH POETRY
Exploring different forms of poem writing + refining our showcase piece 

  • [9am]: What is “economy of words” (aka poetry)?
    • Exploring different genres and styles of poetry
    • Writing Warm-Up
  • [9:45-10:15 am]: Mentor text reading & Craft Talk discussion
  • [10:15-10:45 am]: Individual Studio Writing Time + whole community share
    • Honoring the day’s work
    • Giving and receiving feedback
  • [10:45-11:45 am]: Revise and refine your “best writing” for the showcase
    Individual revising time
    Quick conference with facilitator to brainstorm ideas and next steps
  • [11:50-12pm]: Wrap up and End for the Day, preview of next day’s session

*Up to two 5-minute brain breaks will be scheduled as needed daily at various times.

Friday 7/12: CELEBRATIONS 

Wrapping up, rehearsals, and our showcase performance!

  • [9am]: Wrapping up and Reflecting
    • Celebrating our accomplishments together, affirmations
    • Reflecting on our creativity goals
  • [9:45-10:45 am]: Final piece rehearsals with last round for feedback/notes
  • [11:00 am-12:00 pm]: Showcase Performance!

About Kris Gevorgyan

Kris Gevorgyan is a writer, high school English teacher, and youth advocate whose passion is helping young people discover their unique writers’ voices. She has spent the last eleven years working with the teens of Chicago across the South, West, and North sides in all types of schools ranging from alternative, charter, public, and private. Her biggest passion in life is facilitating spaces of creative expression and being in the presence of fellow writing enthusiasts. A graduate of UIC with a Master’s Degree in Youth Development, she is currently teaching creative writing to highschoolers in Roscoe Village as well as running the school’s slam poetry team. She lives in Oak Park with her fellow educator husband and their precious fur baby named Kismet, who is a blue heeler pointer mix mutt.