Special Workshop: Writing & Drama
› What's He Building in There?A picturesque neighbourhood: white picket fences, pies cooling on window sills, children scribbling in chalk on the sidewalk. All is idyllic. Except for one house. The neighbours whisper and gossip about it; the children dare each other to see who can get the closest before running back in fear. The question on everybody’s lips is, “What’s he building in there?” Inspired by Tom Waits’ song of the same name, students in this creative writing and performance poetry workshop will develop writing as well as drama and public speaking skills as they speculate about a mystery house, create their own spoken word pieces, and then practise and record them.
› Fan Fiction (Ages 11+)Can’t get enough of Hogwarts or Diagon Alley? Don’t think Katniss made the right decision in The Hunger Games? In this summer fan fiction writing workshop, students get a chance to make their favourite characters do things their way or write a new story in the same fictional world! They can alter plots, reincarnate characters and do plenty more. There’s only one rule: it needs to be convincing.
Note: Students must bring at least one book from their chosen series to refer to during class.
Essay Writing Workshops
› Intro to Analysis: Pop Songs (Ages 11+)Learning to read texts carefully is an important skill as students read more complex texts across all subjects. In this workshop, students will be introduced to textual analysis—through pop songs! They will analyse the lyrics of some popular songs, looking at the structure and literary techniques that the songwriters employ to express their feelings and ideas. As they listen, read and analyse, they will also learn to write clear and well-organised essays explaining how the songwriter's choices as a writer make their lyrics compelling.
› Literary Analysis: Short Stories & PlaysIn advanced literature classes, students are expected to read and annotate texts—noticing patterns, identifying literary devices and features, and considering themes. Our summer analysis and essay writing workshops will help students develop and refine these skills and learn how to present their analysis with well-explained quotations and precise language. While some weeks will focus on analysing short stories and others on plays, each week will be different so students can sign up for one week or more over the summer without repeating texts.
Creative Writing and Publishing Workshops
› Independent Writing or Self-Publishing Project
We have had the pleasure of working with a number of dedicated young authors on their independent writing projects and even supporting some to self-publish their books with Green Elephant Books
. These writers work one-on-one with an ECP teacher who serves as their first reader and editor to guide them through the process of revising and editing their manuscripts. While the focus may be on refining and completing a particular project, the primary objective is to support aspiring authors to develop the skills, perspective and mindset for a lifelong writing journey.