Creative Writing: If You Can Imagine, You Can Write
From J. K. Rowling to Rainbow Rowell, great writers invite you to explore the connection between the world around you and the world in your mind. In this workshop, you’ll read and discuss a wide range of creative writing—from dystopian fiction and fantasy to autobiographical fiction—and then put pen to paper and write your own. Each week, you will examine different techniques that are fundamental to both realistic and imaginative fiction, focusing on story structure, character development, description, and dialogue. You will participate in interactive writing exercises, meet and learn from published authors, and share writing with your peers, culminating in completion of your own polished work of short writing inspired by your life and your thoughts. The final session will include an afternoon of literary reading, which friends and parents are welcome to attend.
You'll Walk Away with
- Sharpened creative writing skills, including improved narrative arc, world-building, authentic dialogue, and character development
- A portfolio of peer-critiqued short stories
- High school students in grades 9–12
- High school students interested in strengthening their creative writing skills