June 11-21, 2018 Two Week Session
June 11-28, 2018 Three Week Session

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 Avenue 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 9 classes and $550 for 18 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 TBA


Co-Teacher, Katie Rogers

Katie Rogers is Co-Teacher for Gifted Arts in the high school program. Katie Rodgers is in her second year as co-teacher in Gifted Arts. Katie works as an elementary teacher and as a yoga teacher. She has also worked as a middle school ELA and math teacher. Katie attended the University of Minnesota earning a B.A. in art history and National-Louis University earning an M.Ed in Special Education. Katie writes on mindfulness, yoga philosophy and practice in daily life.


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