Online Teen Creative Writing Workshop (McElwain) – Summer 2021

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Online Teen Creative Writing Workshop

Taught by:

Sarah McElwain


Thursday, Jun 3, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00pm EST


6 Thursdays




This class is open to students between the ages of 14 and 17.

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The Writers Studio Teen Workshop is a six-week creative writing program for teenagers from 14-17 years old at all levels of experience, based on the successful Writers Studio program for adults.

Using both Zoom and the Online Writing Classroom we’ll apply the Writers Studio’s method to examine the narrative techniques of award-winning writers such as Jacqueline Woodson, Tony Hogland, E. Lockhart, Kwame Alexander, Louis Buzbee, Shirley Jackson and Billy Collins. We’ll discuss the terms and techniques of creative writing, such as point-of-view, tone and mood; and create exercises experimenting with a variety of narrators — first, second and third, omniscient, unreliable and irreverent.

The Teen Workshop is a safe space to experiment with the craft and techniques of good writing and an opportunity to join a community of supportive writers. This online workshop is not meant to compete with regular schoolwork; it’s designed to be manageable and fun. Class meets once a week for 6 weeks using Zoom and the Online Classroom. 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 on high school and college applications. We look forward to welcoming the new class of teens 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].