Description

Writers work in the format of their choice each class, though they are provided instruction in the following forms: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama and screenwriting. The focus is on positive, thoughtful, and informative analysis of writing. Just like it is for the middle and high school classes, the writing environment is designed to be stimulating, inspiring, and fun.
  • When: 6pm-9pm This class is offered once per month on Wednesday evenings beginning in September. *Additional classes may be added.
    9/28, 10/26, 11/16, 12/14, 1/11,  2/8, 3/8, 3/29, 4/12,  5/17
  • Where: Classes are held at the Webster Christian Church located at Lockwood and Berry Road in Webster Groves and at the Gaslight Theater located at 360 N. Boyle Avenue in the Central West End.

Fiction……Students learn about the basic elements of fiction: plot, character, setting, and theme with a particular focus on conflict development, voice, point-of-view, and dialogue.

Poetry…..Students learn poetry terms and write narrative, free verse, and formal poetry including sestina, sonnet, villanelle, and other forms.

Creative Nonfiction…..The most popular form of literature outselling fiction 10:1. This genre is all about writing a real story using fictive elements like conflict, setting, dialogue, developed characters and a plotline.

Drama…..Just like any story, a play must have a beginning, middle & end. Students work on a one act play and are taught the nine elements of playwriting including: dramatic conflict, strategies for dealing with the conflict, logical behavior, cause & effect, plot obstacles, forward action, developed character arc, and theatricality.

Screenwriting…..Students will learn elements of dramatic structure and character development. They are taught the six elements in a screenplay: scene heading, action, character, parenthetical, dialogue and transition. *I encourage everyone to download Celtyx, free online screenwriting and playwriting software that automatically formats the written work.

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