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ENROLLMENT OPEN UNTIL JUNE 1, 2017.
This class is open to writers who will complete
 fourth and fifth grade this spring.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Gifted Arts, we are now officially offering the class to elementary school writers entering the 5th and 6th grade. Just like in the middle and high school classes—grade levels are combined. 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.

When: 9:00-11:30, Monday-Friday

Summer session runs July 3-July 17 (no class July 4).

Where: Classes will be held in several different locations including: DeMun Park in Clayton, World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park, the St. Louis Zoo, and Webster Christian Church. 

Cost: $300, 10 Classes

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.

Guest Artists

Bella & Lily is an indie/pop band featuring sisters Bella and Lily Ibur. The Ibur sisters won the LouFest High School Battle of the Bands in 2012 which ended up being their first public performance. Since then, they have performed at Fair St. Louis, PrideFest St. Louis, SXSW, and have been an ASCAP featured band in Nashville. Bella & Lily have worked with some of the top producers in the music industry and have recorded in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Boulder. Bella & Lily’s EP, “Count To Ten” is also licensed to 14 different televisions programs on MTV, VH-1, Discovery and E-Entertainment among others. The Iburs are currently working on new material in St. Louis and Los Angeles.

James Ibur is a potter, vessel-maker, sculptor, and curator living in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the Coordinator of Ceramic Art and Assistant Chair of Design, Visual and Performing Arts at Saint Louis Community College – Meramec.  He is interested in what the past can reveal about the future.  Jim creates ceramic objects that look decayed, weathered and beaten up by time.  His most recent work builds on the previous platform but begins to refer to more singular vessel structures made from a composition of many vessels.  Jim Ibur received an MFA from the University of Illinois/Champaign-Urbana, studied at UC/Davis and a BA from the University of Colorado/Boulder as well as residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation and Banff Centre for the Arts.

 

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