(Class is full and enrollment is now closed.)
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

 Khalil Robert Irving is a multimedia artist. Irving completed his BFA in art history and ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute. In May of 2017, Irving earned his Master of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. At Washington University, Irving was a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow. Currently, he is the 2017/ 2018 Alice C. Cole Fellow at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.  In the summer of 2016, Irving was a resident artist at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy. His work is in the collections of the Riga Porcelain Museum, in Riga, Latvia; The Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, Foundation for Contemporary Ceramic Art in Kecskemet, Hungary.


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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