Description

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 (School Year Session):  6pm-8:30 pm Students have the option of taking one or two classes per month on Tuesday evenings beginning in August. Students have the option of taking one or two classes per month on Tuesday evenings beginning on September 13. An *asterisk refers to a class switched to Monday night due to a scheduling conflict with school.
    9/13, 9/27, *10/10, 10/25, 11/8, *11/21, 12/13, *12/19, 1/17, 1/31, *2/13, 2/28, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9
    Five additional Wednesday classes: 9/21, 10/12, 12/7, 2/22, 4/26
  • Where (School Year Session):  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.
  • When (Summer Session): 9:00-11:30 Mondays-Fridays June 12-23 or Deep Dive June 12-30
  • Where (Summer Session): World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park, Gaslight Theater, Webster Christian Church, St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art Museum, Concordia Park in DeMun
  • Cost The cost of the two-week summer session is $300 and $425 for students who would like to continue for the third week.

 

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.

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.

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