Celebrate the start of National Novel Writing Month with us! This fun and engaging class will help young writers brainstorm story ideas with a special focus on Character, World-Building, and Plot. Participants will engage in hands-on writing exercises to find or advance a story, as well as explore possible beginnings and endings. So bring a story you’ve already begun or start a new one with us.
Open to youth students in grades 7-8.
Writers are encouraged to create an account on the Youth NaNoWriMo website; it won’t be required for class, but it’s a fun and free way to write a book in the month of November!
About Denise A. Santomauro
Denise Santomauro is a writer, editor, author coach, and teaching artist. She has over a decade of experience in arts education working with young people of all ages. As an arts educator, she's worked with the Auditorium Theatre, Columbia College, Northern Illinois University, Imagination Theater, and more, and has taught fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting classes, as well as used the performing arts as a way to help young people tell their stories. In her own writing, she has written middle grade and young adult novels, developed plays and scenes for young people, contributed content to many blogs, been published in the Dear Sister anthology, and performed live lit around Chicago. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
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