Young Writers Story Workshop
In this fun, exploratory, and interactive workshop, kids aged 9-12 write in different genres, play with language, and build fictional worlds and characters to write a complete story.
4 Saturdays: Next Session TBA (Online)
One of the best ways to explore writing is through leaping into creativity and being encouraged to take risks, try new crazy things, and go into unexpected territory. In this workshop, young writers experiment with storytelling in four different forms, take unexpected twists and turns with language, and fashion up new worlds and interesting characters by making them interesting and strange. Putting concepts into practice right away makes the education fun and relevant and gives the writers feelings of agency and competence as they see their creative ideas take shape on the page.
Instructor Rebecca Hales guides young writers through learning about 4 types of story: short story, vignette, scripts, and graphic novels. She will give the writers basic elements of how each works, how to identify the “line” of a story, and methods for telling a story inside of each of the formats.
The writers will begin building their portfolios, which they may wish to work on in the group project during our summer session, or which they may wish to further on their own.
Handouts, exercises, and lively conversation included.
The Workshop Details
Rebecca Hales is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Bell Media Prime Time TV program and holds an MFA from University of British Columbia. In 2016 she was awarded the Telefilm New Voices award at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference and was one of the Corus Entertainment Writer’s Apprentice Program participants at the Banff World Media Festival. Her credits include an episode of Travelers, the Showcase/Netflix sci-fi series from showrunner Brad Wright (Stargate franchise), working in the development room of Solstice, another Brad Wright original series, interning on the CTV drama series Saving Hope, and the Women in Film and Television Toronto Showcase award winning short film “Dissecting Gwen.” She is currently developing a political crime thriller with Rusty Halo Productions, a half-hour comedy series with creative partners in Toronto and LA, and multiple solo projects.
Purpose (for parents)
Our purpose at One Lit Place is to inspire, educate, and partner with writers of all levels and interests in order for them to realize their goals. It is always rewarding to share concepts and collaboratively spark new ideas with young writers, so they can see their creativity manifest on the page.
Together we explore what it means to be creative through inquiry, play, and encouragement. When young writers see the power of what they can do, they develop confidence and enthusiasm that will leave a lasting imprint on them for loving books — as both readers and writers — that will last a lifetime.
Dynamic positive workshop environment: We strive to create a safe, inclusive space for all our writers, and welcome and honor writers of all lived experiences.
- Learn basic tenets of storytelling across four genres
- Identify techniques for world building and character development
- Practice using a “story line” to create a narrative and follow it through
- Explore ideas in short exercises and prompts
- Write a complete project in one of the genres by the workshop’s end
- Develop confidence and motivation for taking risks, writing where their energy is, and owning their ideas on the page
What happens after we enroll?
As soon as you enroll in the workshop, you will receive a welcome email. A few days before the workshop’s start date, you will get the Zoom link.
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My child wants to take this workshop with a friend. If there is more than one section offered, can they be in the same group?
We will do our best to place friends in the same section! Please email us after enrolling at email@example.com to let us know your preference.
What if I can’t come to the live workshop each week?
The workshops will be held over Zoom and recorded, so anyone who can’t be present live will be sent the recording along with any materials, resources, or handouts used that week.
What is your cancellation or refund policy?
We understand things come up, so if you must cancel participation in the workshop, you may do so up to 5 days prior to the start of the workshop for a full refund (less payment processing fees). Cancellation between 5 days prior to the start of the workshop and the day before the workshop will be refunded 75% of the total registration amount. No refunds will be given as of the day the workshop begins or after the workshop has begun. Registration is transferrable to another child with notice to One Lit Place (please contact us at contact@onelitplace with any questions).
We’re looking forward to writing with you!