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 6:00-8:30 Tuesdays (Several *Mondays & **Wednesdays are also on the calendar)
    *Aug. 28•Sep. 5•**Sep. 27•**Oct. 11•Oct. 17•**Oct. 25•Nov. 7•*Nov. 27•Dec. 5•Dec. 11•Jan. 16•
    Jan. 30•Feb. 13•Feb. 27•Mar. 13•**Mar. 28•Apr. 10•Apr. 24•May 8
  • Where Webster Christian Church and The Gaslight Theater
  • Cost $300 for 9 classes and  $550 for 18 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.

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.

Guest Artists
Bella & Lily is an indie/pop band featuring sisters Bella and Lily Ibur. The Ibur sisters won the LouFest High School Battle of the Bands in 2012 which ended up being their first public performance. Since then, they have performed at Fair St. Louis, PrideFest St. Louis, SXSW, and have been an ASCAP featured band in Nashville. Bella & Lily have worked with some of the top producers in the music industry and have recorded in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Boulder. Bella & Lily’s EP, “Count To Ten” is also licensed to 14 different televisions programs on MTV, VH-1, Discovery, and E-Entertainment among others. The Iburs are currently working on new material in St. Louis and Los Angeles.

Additional Guest Artist TBA

Intern for the 2017-18 Session

Lily Ibur is a 2015 graduate of Clayton High School. She performs in a band with her sister called Bella & Lily and after signing a management deal in 2016 decided to pursue a career in music. In addition to working as a singer/songwriter, Lily was a student in Gifted Arts for six years and has worked as an intern for two years. She and her sister, Bella, have performed and worked with producers in Nashville, Austin, New York, and Los Angeles. You can check them out at or on Facebook under

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