Enrolling now for the Summer 2018 Session
Students are given instruction in various writing formats including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and drama. The focus is on positive, thoughtful, and informative analysis of writing.

We employ engaging writing prompts to help spark the flow of expression within specific time frames. The goal is to turn off the inner editor to get ideas and thoughts down as spontaneously as possible. Writing instructors and students (usually a 1:8 ratio or smaller) provide constructive feedback to help guide revision. The environment is designed to be stimulating, inspiring, and fun!

When 9:00-11:30 Monday-Friday mornings
June 11-June 22 (Two Week Session) and June 11-June 29 (Three Week Session)

Where World’s Fair Pavilion, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Zoo, Kemper Art Museum, Gaslight Theater, Webster Christian Church.

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.

…..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.

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

Kahlil 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.

Interns for the 2018 Summer Session

Sydney Cimarolli is completing her senior year at Webster Groves High School. Sydney has been a part of the Gifted Arts since 2012. She was a finalist in the Labute New Theater Festival in 2015 and received a Gold and Silver key in the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Aside from writing, Sydney enjoys reading, acting, and hiking. In 2018, Sydney will be attending American University.

Ella Genovese is completing her senior year at Nerinx Hall High School. She has been a student of The Gifted Arts Program since 2013. Ella won the River Styx Founder’s Award for Poetry and two Silver Keys for a photograph and a short story in the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Alongside writing, she enjoys making short films, two of which have been part of the Official Selection for the All American High School Film Festival and the St. Louis International Film Festival.

Olivia Bickford is entering her senior year at Webster Groves High School. She has been in Gifted Arts since the summer before seventh grade. Olivia is involved in Webster Groves High A Cappella and has been featured in the school’s literary magazine, The Branch. She was an intern last summer in Gifted Arts and is looking forward to returning this summer.

Bill Harned is completing his sophomore year at Webster Groves High School and has been involved with the Gifted Arts Projects for four years. He is a music lover, performing with the WGHS Acapella and Silver Strings Orchestra, as well as writing and listening to music in his free time. He is looking forward to working with the incoming writers this summer.





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