young

Writers

workshop

February 29, 2020

Chatfield High School

young

Writers

workshops

General Information

WHAT

The Young Writers Workshop is an event dedicated to young writers in grades 6-12 who love being creative and want to learn new skills and techniques from local authors in their community. And as a BONUS, we offer a unique experience where students can upload their writing before the workshop for a one-on-one session with a local author to gain even more insight. Keep scrolling for the full list of writing sessions.

WHY

Because writing is fun and it makes our brains better, and we're better people for putting our creative talents to good use. Duh!?!

WHEN & WHERE

Saturday, February 29th, 2020

9:30AM - 2PM

Chatfield High School, Chatfield, MN

COST

$50 per student

LUNCH

Students should bring their own lunch and beverage. Food and beverage will not be available for purchase.

SNACK

We got you! Water bottles and a variety of small snacks will be provided at the end of the day.

BOOK FAIR

YES! Titles written by our talented local authors will be available for purchase during the workshop.

February 29, 2020
Chatfield, MN

Surviving School Drama: writerly lessons from fairy tales, movies, and fandom!

What do writers of fairy tales, movies, and fanfiction have in common? Everything! Learn tips from familiar tales about characters, settings, and story creation for every genre, from fantasy to modern-day drama. If you are a young writer in grades 6-12, join us for a day of writing revelation.

YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOPs

March 14, 2020
Rochester, MN

Writers' Clash of the Titans:
the struggle is real!

From setting the scene to crafting villains to creating tension from the first sentence of your story, we’ll battle to the bitter end! If you are a young writer in grades 6-12, join us for the ultimate writing experience.

YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOP

DATE: TBD

Do you have a student who is interested in writing? If the answer is YES, then check back soon! We're working out the details for our next workshop. Until then, view the photos and read what students had to say about our November 2, 2019 event.

“There were so many writers like me!” 

 

Workshop Sessions

Students will choose FOUR 50-minute sessions.

YOU and a Local Author

One-on-One Session

Submit up to 2500 words of your original writing prior to the start of the workshop and have one-on-one time with a local author who will read your work and be ready to give advice, answer questions, and be a genuine voice of encouragement. Deadline for submitting your writing is Sunday, February 23rd.

Plotting with Post-its

Jennifer L. Davidson

We all love Post-it Notes! They mostly help us remember things, but they can also be used to create a new story plot. In this class, we’ll discuss what every plot needs, how to carry action from scene to scene, and why it’s important to increase the tension from beginning to end. Then, we’ll work as a group to create a plot, writing down scenes or actions on Post-it Notes, and moving them around to generate a unique story outline.

Bringing Characters to Life

Anthony W. Eichenlaub

Stories might describe fantastic plots taking place in an incredible world, but it’s the characters that really draw readers in. Learn how to bring your characters to life, shaping them in a way that will grab the reader’s interest in only a few words. We’ll discuss character-driven plotting and ways to grow our stories organically from the desires of our fully realized characters.

Every Good Story Contains a Mystery

Mike Kalmbach

Every story needs tension. No matter whether you're writing romance, fantasy, science fiction, or any other genre, learn to use elements of mystery to keep your readers turning pages. In this session, you'll have several opportunities to practice through structured exercises.

Enchanting Your Readers with Scintillating Settings

J. Lynn Else

Learn fun tips and tricks to creating immersive settings and unique dialogue. By building your authenticity, you’re building your audience. We’ll analyze our favorite stories and discuss ways to develop your own setting. What should writers be mindful of when creating the backdrop of a science fiction, fantasy, and/or historical fiction story? We’ll explore further in this session.

Ready, Set, Go! Publishing That First Novel

C.H. Armstrong

Learn about the various routes for publishing that first novel. This session will cover self publishing, small publisher, or publishing through an agent, and will hit on topics including the querying process and the various social media contests to aid in the process.

Do I Really Need to Revise?

Rachel Schieffelbein

Spoiler alert, the answer is YES. You've finished your story, what's the next step? We'll talk about the rounds of revisions published authors go through, what feedback to listen to, and what you can ignore as you polish up your story and make it exactly what you want it to be.

“There were so many writers like me!” 

 

Workshop Sessions

Students will choose FOUR 50-minute sessions.

YOU and a Local Author

One-on-One Session

Our goal is to have EVERY young writer register for this session!

 

Submit up to 2500 words of your original writing prior to the start of the workshop and receive one-on-one time with a local author who will read your work and be ready to give advice, answer questions, and be a genuine voice of encouragement. Deadline for submitting your writing is Sunday, March 8th.

Plotting with Post-its

Jennifer L. Davidson

We all love Post-it Notes! They mostly help us remember things, but they can also be used to create a new story plot. In this session, we’ll discuss what every plot needs, how to carry action from scene to scene, and why it’s important to increase the tension from beginning to end. Then, we’ll work as a group to create a plot, writing down scenes or actions on Post-it Notes, and move them around to generate a unique story outline.

Do you love Snape more than Harry? Loki more than Thor? Can’t wait to find out if Kylo Ren is truly all evil? Come to the dark side where villains and anti-heroes rule! We’ll pick apart your favorite dark characters who walk the line between good and evil to see what makes them tick. We’ll identify their good and bad points. Then we’ll take a stab at creating our own incarnation of darkness! Let’s explore the shadows together and create a complex villain (or anti-hero) to live there!

Lured to the Dark Side: Crafting SF/F Villains and Anti-heroes

K. Bird Lincoln

A Light in the Darkness: Crafting SF/F Heroes

Anthony W. Eichenlaub

Are heroes born or made? Chosen or discovered? What kind of person draws a line in the sand and dares evil to cross? In this session we’ll pick apart some of our favorite heroes from books, movies, and TV to figure out what really makes them work. Then we’ll write our own complex heroes and let them shine a light on the shadows.

Here's What Really Happened

Mike Kalmbach

When a writer tells a story, he or she usually picks a "good" person and a "bad" person so the reader knows who to cheer for. However, just like a younger brother's tale about how a lamp got broken ("It wasn't me!"), sometimes the truth is not what it appears. Learn how to tell the same story from different points of view to show what really happened.

Character Flaws and How to Use Them

J. Lynn Else

Being awesome at everything isn’t that awesome…at least not in fiction. Flaws are important for writing intriguing characters. In this session, we’ll discuss how to use flaws to make dynamic and relatable narrators. We’ll also learn about the different types of flaws and how to utilize them so you can tell a great story with unforgettable characters.

Show Me How You Feel

C.H. Armstrong

A person’s body language is a dead giveaway for how they feel about something they like or dislike. The same goes for your characters. Learn how to use a character’s body language, along with dialogue tags, to show emotion in your writing.

RECORDED CLASS

A PROP-TASTIC BEGINNING
GRADES 3-5

To help some young writers, one of our local authors recorded a class for the virtual Young Authors, Young Artists Conference hosted by Southeast Service Cooperative. All you need is a pencil, paper, unique items found in your home, and an adventurous imagination!

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Until we meet again...

Stay positive.

Be creative.

Dream big.

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