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 will be held on at the Webster Christian Church (WGCC). There will be a few classes held on the campus of St. Louis University TBA.

When: 6pm-9pm Tuesdays
Aug 28•Sep 11•Sep 25•Oct 16•Oct 30•Nov 6•Nov 13•Dec 4•Dec 11•Jan 8•Jan 22•Feb 5•Feb 19•Mar 5•Mar 26•Apr 2•Apr 16•Apr 30•May 7

Cost $300 for 9 classes and $550 for 18 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. 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.

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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