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Students are provided instruction in diverse writing genres including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, and screenwriting. Collaborative learning is a critical piece of the success of this program. Using the tools they have learned in Gifted Arts and in school, writers are expected to provide specific constructive feedback and criticism. The focus is on positive, thoughtful, and informative analysis of writing. The environment is designed to be stimulating, inspiring, and fun.

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 Ave in the Central West End. We also hold classes at the studios of our guest artists.
When: 6pm-9pm Mondays-Thursdays
June 11-June 21 (Two Week Session) and June 11-June 28 (Three Week Session)
Cost: $300 for 8 classes and $425 for 12 classes (see Deep Dive)

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. Then…they plug it all into their own writing.

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.

Guest Artists (More to come…)

Steve Ewing is the lead singer of The Urge, one of the most successful bands to ever launch out of St. Louis. The band’s eclectic mix of hip-hop, ska, punk, and reggae sent a sonic shockwave from the Midwest that can still be felt decades after they first launched. The band signed to Immortal/Epic Records, home to bands such as Korn, Incubus, and Thirty Seconds To Mars, and released three albums of their own. Alternative radio stations everywhere were spinning All Washed Up, Brainless, It’s Gettin’ Hectic, Too Much Stereo, and the alternative radio top ten hit, Jump Right in. The Urge has frequently headlined Pointfest at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre and has a reputation as one of the best live bands in the country. Steve also fronts The Steve Ewing Band and is the owner of the amazing Steve’s Hotdogs in St. Louis.

Jump Right In Live 

Co-Teacher, Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy is finishing up a BA in English from the University of Missouri St. Louis. While in school he spent a year working for a literary journal, The Missouri Review, where he read submissions and managed the website. He primarily writes Science Fiction but dabbles in poetry as well.

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