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.

  • When (School Year Session): 6pm-9pm Students have the option of taking one or two classes per month on Tuesday evenings beginning on August 30. The first two classes are back to back—and then every other week. An *asterisk refers to a class switched to Monday night due to a scheduling conflict with school.
    8/30, 9/6, 9/20, *10/3, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 12/6, *12/12, 1/10, 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, *3/13, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2
  • Five additional Wednesday classes: 9/14, 11/2, 1/25, 3/29, 5/3
  • 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.

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.

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