This class is open to writers who are entering g
rades 5 & 6 in 2018-2019.

Gifted Arts is thrilled to offer the elementary writing classes for summer enrollment. Elementary students are given instruction in various writing formats including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and drama.  We use writing prompts to help spark the flow of expression within specific time frames. One of the biggest challenges younger writers face, and let’s face it—older writers too—is turning off the “inner editor” to get ideas and thoughts down as spontaneously as possible. Students are taught how to provide meaningful and constructive feedback to one another in an environment designed to be fun and inspiring. Just like in the middle and high school classes—grade levels are combined.

When: 9:00-11:30 Mondays-Fridays
July 2-July 13 

Where: Classes will be held at Concordia Park in DeMun, Forest Park’s World’s Fair Pavilion, Webster Christian Church, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Zoo

Cost: $300

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 write in different poetic formats as well as learning how to define and use various poetic devices and terms.

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…..Writers learn the basic elements and formatting of theatrical writing.


Olivia Bickford is entering her senior year at Webster Groves High School. She has been in Gifted Arts since the summer before seventh grade. Olivia is involved in Webster Groves High A Cappella and has been featured in the school’s literary magazine, The Branch. She was an intern last summer in Gifted Arts and is looking forward to returning this summer.

Ellie Gilstrap
has been in the Gifted Writers program for four years and will be entering her junior year at Webster Groves High School. She has been an active member of the Webster Theater Department and A Cappella group. Ellie has been a finalist in the high school’s annual AllWrite competition for two years and has been featured in copies of
The Branch, a literary magazine. She is looking forward to future years of participating and helping with the Gifted Writers program.

Guest Artist (and more to come)

Syna So Pro, Syrhea Conaway, is a one-woman band who uses a multiplex of effects pedals, rack units, mixers, several instruments, and drum beats to create her live sound. It can best be described as musical performance art as she dances on an array of pedals, plays the violin, guitar, keys, bass and sings to create a wall of sound stitched together by Conaway herself. While Conaway sings about emotional rebirth through self-discovery and challenges of bringing us closer to ourselves, Syna So Pro is the musical glue that weaves the messaging and music together.








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