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2024 Youth Summer Camp: Writing & Performance 7th-11th IN PERSON

$325.00 · June 24

Over the course of one week, writers, playwrights, and performers will generate their own theater and performance pieces and workshop them with the help of peers, all with the guidance and instruction of a professional writer.

Start Date

June 24

Day(s) of the Week

Monday

Class Times

9:00am – 12:00pm CT

Sessions

5

Location

Chicago Studio

Instructor

Price

$325

In stock

Description

THE WORLD IS A VAST STAGE…

Do you ever find yourself daydreaming about strange worlds or people don’t exist?  Do you love telling stories to your friends and family? Do you ever find yourself thinking about how the world is a vast stage? If so, this writing and performance camp is for you!

Over the course of one week, writers, playwrights, and performers will generate their own theater and performance pieces and workshop them with the help of peers, all with the guidance and instruction of a professional writer. Campers will consider plays and performance pieces from various genres, and what it means to write both for the stage and off the stage. Campers will find a writing community both at the studio and through the shared stories and experiences of their peers. Our adventure will culminate in a celebration where writers will have the opportunity to read and/or perform their work in the studio! 

 

Structure of the course:

• Readings: Reading is the heart of writing! Students will read the work of a playwright or performance artist and discuss it each day as a craft discussion.

• Writing: Inquiry and discovery! Writing/performance prompts and mini-craft seminars will spark imagination and inspire new ways to create and think about the vast possibilities of story. 

• Workshopping: The writing life! Students will share their work, give feedback, and ask supportive questions about how their work might develop and exist in the world! We will also discuss how the communities around us (including your fellow campers!) can form the backbone of a writing life!

• Performance: The world itself is a vast stage! Campers will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform their written work in the studio. Campers can invite two friends or family members to attend. 

About Michael Zapata

Michael Zapata is a founding editor of MAKE Literary Magazine and the author of the acclaimed novel The Lost Book of Adana Moreau, winner of the 2020 Chicago Review of Books Award for Fiction, finalist for the 2020 Heartland Booksellers Award in Fiction, and a Best Book of the Year for NPR, the A.V. Club, and BookPage, among others. He is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Award for Fiction and the City of Chicago DCASE Individual Artist Program Award. He is on the core faculty of StoryStudio Chicago and the MFA faculty of Northwestern University. As a public-school educator, he taught literature and writing in high schools servicing drop out students. He currently lives in Chicago with his family.