now online for summer 2020

StoryStudio is proud to offer multiple week-long writing workshops for young scribes across the nation. That’s right, now that we’re online, you can join us from anywhere. With our talented instructors, young writers can expect to learn elements of writing, build friendships and community with fellow peers, and get feedback on their creative works. Check out our different sessions, ranging from 5th grade to 12th grade, and a special session for our genre writers.

5th – 8th Graders

June 22 – 26th / 10am – 12pm Central Time

For 2020, we’re pleased to welcome back instructor Zac Ginsburg for this week-long creative writing camp.
Price: $295

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9th – 12 Graders

June 29 – July 3 / 10am – 12:30pm Central

For 2020, we’re excited to introduce Sahar Mustafah to the Studio for this week-long creative writing camp.
Price: $295

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7th – 11th Graders: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

July 6 – 10 / 10am – 12pm Central

Instructor Zac Ginsburg returns for this genre-specific camp for writers who are looking to build their own worlds.
Price: $295

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5-8th Grade Camp

Do you love to write? Do you spend your free time scribbling in notebooks, scratching poems in the margins of your math homework, and thinking up stories and characters? Then this workshop is for you—guaranteed to inspire you and keep you writing all summer long!

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.

At the end of the week, the writers will present their stories and leave with a poem, short story, monologue, essay, or even a graphic novel. Best of all, campers get to meet other teenage writers like who are serious and excited about their stories!

The week will have several components:

  • Mentor Readings: Students will read a piece of published creative work and discuss it each day as craft discussion.
  • Writing: Writing prompts will spark imagination, help break through blocks, and encourage new heights of creativity. Each day, Zac will have students send their work to him and he will read, make comments, and return the work with feedback the following day.
  • Workshopping: You will share work and give feedback on what’s working well and what opportunities we can find in each piece (whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or theater). 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.
  • Performance: Campers will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform their written work via Zoom. A link can be shared with friends and family members from around the globe; anyone who wants to tune in is welcome.

9-12th Grade Camp

Do you love to write? Do you spend your free time scribbling in notebooks, scratching poems in the margins of your math homework, and thinking up stories and characters? Then this workshop is for you—guaranteed to inspire you and keep you writing all summer long!

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.

At the end of the week, the writers will present their stories and leave with a poem, short story, monologue, essay, or even a graphic novel. Best of all, campers get to meet other teenage writers who are serious and excited about their stories!

The week will have several components:

  • Author’s Craft: 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 poetry, flash fiction, and graphic memoir. 
  • 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, poetry, or theater). 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.
  • Performance: Campers will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform their written work via Zoom. A link can be shared with friends and family members from around the globe; anyone who wants to tune in is welcome.

SCI-FI/FANTASY CAMP

Do you want to create your own magical world similar to The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter? Does the futuristic technology in Ender’s Game inspire you to write your own sci-fi novel? If so, this creative writing summer camp is for you!

Over the course of one week, students will generate their own science fiction and fantasy pieces and workshop them with the help of their peers. They will learn the differences between the genres and read the works of notable authors. Our adventure will culminate in a party where students will have the opportunity to read their works aloud.

Authors the course will reference may include: Orson Scott Card, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia Butler, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heilein, Arthur C. Clarke, Malka Older, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Christopher Paolini, J. K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, and George R. R. Martin.

Structure of the course:

  • Mentor Readings: Students will read a piece of published creative work and discuss it each day as craft discussion.
  • Writing: Writing prompts will spark imagination, help break through blocks, and encourage new heights of creativity. Each day, Zac will have students send their work to him and he will read, make comments, and return the work with feedback the following day.
  • Workshopping: You will share work and give feedback on what’s working well and what opportunities we can find in each piece (whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or theater). 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.
  • Performance: Campers will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform their written work via Zoom. A link can be shared with friends and family members from around the globe; anyone who wants to tune in is welcome.

Daily Timeline & Breakdowns

Zac’s Courses: 5-8th Grade // Sci-Fi Fantasy

  • 10am: 35 minutes – Writing Exercises
    • 7 minute break
  • 10:45am: 35 minutes – Reading and Discussing Craft
    • 7 minute break
  • 11:30am: 35 minutes – Working on Longer Pieces
  • 12:00pm: END

Sahar’s High School Camp

  • 10am: 45 mins – Warm-up and community-building
    Mentor text reading & craft discussion

    • 10 min break
  • 10:50am: 50 mins – Individual Studio Time & Break-out sessions
    • 10 min break
  • 11:50am: Whole community share and craft discussion
    Honoring the day’s work
                    Goal-setting

  • 12:30pm: END

Our Zoom accounts at StoryStudio are protected and easy to use. Invite links will be sent each evening to use for the following morning. No prior experience with Zoom is necessary, as the platform is free, and easy to use. 

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