Are you inspired by poets like Amanda Gorman, Ross Gay, Eve Ewing, or other celebrated poets from your corner of the world? Have you ever wondered how you, too, might use your words to create inspiration or spark change? Have you watched spoken word performances on YouTube and wondered how to begin? Write the World’s Poetry and Spoken Word camp is designed for writers of all levels to try their hand at poetry in the space of a supportive community...(more)
Ever wanted to write a novel? Maybe you already have the start of one… or two?! Or maybe you mark NaNoWriMo on your calendar each year but haven’t yet taken the leap to participate? Writing (or dreaming of writing!) book-length works can feel, at once, exhilarating and challenging. Write the World's Novel Writing Camp will help you lay the foundations for a longform project.
You will be creating character profiles, plot maps, narrative arc diagrams, and engaging in other activities that help break that major writing project into achievable goals. Writers will walk away with a plan for pursuing novel-length works, as well as original writing to build out into a longer story. Most importantly, you will work together with other aspiring novelists who will offer the support and motivation needed to get that novel written once and for all!
Young writers who are interested in learning more about the publication process, for short or longform writings, are encouraged to also explore our Writing for Publication camp!
Curriculum Summary: Participants of all skill levels will walk away with 5+ draft writings and a deepened understanding of best practices for approaching and planning longform writing projects. From mapping the narrative arc of a text to considering how techniques such as characterization, dialogue, conflict, setting, and other elements of craft differ in novel-length works (versus short stories or flash fiction projects), participants will leave with a completed outline of a novel project and draft writings that explore various fiction techniques. Writers will also receive and provide peer feedback and will benefit from individualized feedback form their instructors.
During workshop sessions, you’ll engage in interactive writing activities, connect with peers around the world, and work together to grow your writing skills. Between workshop sessions, you may be asked to work independently (and asynchronously) on writing prompts and activities, guided by peer and expert reviews, at your own pace, for approximately 1-2 hours, depending on your facilitator’s workshop plan. You will also receive individualized feedback that will strengthen your writing.