Online Teen Creative Writing Workshop (McElwain) – Summer 2021

Full course name:

Online Teen Creative Writing Workshop

Taught by:

Sarah McElwain


Thursday, Jul 8, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00pm EST


6 Thursdays




This class is open to students between the ages of 12 and 16.

6 Lessons
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The Writers Studio Teen Creative Writing Workshop is a six-week writing program based on the successful Writers Studio program for adults. This summer session for 12 to 16 year olds will be an opportunity to tell your story about the past year. What have you and your friends and family experienced? What changed during the pandemic?

For inspiration and to help you create, we’ll explore different narrative techniques by writers such as Anne Frank, Jacqueline Woodson, Sarah Broom, E. Lockhart, Kwame Alexander and Julie Otsuka. We’ll discuss the terms and techniques of memoir writing, such as point-of-view, tone and mood.

The Writers Studio Teen Creative Writing Workshop is a safe space to learn the craft and techniques of good writing, to develop your own voice, and an opportunity to join a community of supportive writers. This online workshop is not meant to compete with your schoolwork this summer. It’s designed to be manageable and fun. Class meets once a week for 6 weeks using Zoom and the WS Online Classroom. Ideally, we’ll keep our cameras on and discuss each week’s exercise. Critiques of your classmates’ submissions will be expected.

Students will need computers, tablets or phones with high-speed internet connections to participate. All assignments will be posted in advance and students’ written work will be uploaded as PDFs or RTF files.

The class is taught by Sarah (Sally) McElwain who has worked with writers from ages 12 to 86 at The Writers Studio for over twenty years. Her young students have won Scholastic Writing Awards, Adroit Contests for Young Writers, and used their creative writing and personal essays on high school and college applications. We look forward to welcoming the new class of kids to The Writers Studio, where we have been helping writers of all ages achieve their literary goals for over 30 years. Questions? Concerns? Write to the teacher: [email protected].