Essay Writing Workshops
› Issues in Fiction (ages 12-14)While fictional texts are often written to engage and entertain readers, many also raise important questions and issues facing our society today. Reading fiction then offers an opportunity to begin discussions with students about important issues and relate the stories to what they know or can learn about in the real world. In this workshop, students will read and discuss excerpts from works of fiction as a springboard to explore various contemporary issues. As they discuss and analyse, they will learn how to write about these issues, explaining what they know, asking questions they'd like answered, and sharing experiences and opinions of their own.
› Fiction Analysis Plus (Ages 11-13)Learning to read fiction texts carefully is an important skill as students read more complex texts across all subjects. In this introduction to textual analysis, students learn to identify a writer’s purpose and tone and analysing the techniques and strategies that a writer employs to achieve his or her purpose. In this "Intro to Fiction Analysis Plus " workshop, students will consider these techniques as both readers and writers. They will explain their analysis in structured paragraphs responses and essays and try their hand at applying some of these techniques and strategies to writing pieces of their own.
› Skill-building workshops: May-JuneThe skill-building writing workshops for all ages from May to June will offer students an opportunity to keep up with their regular writing practice and focus in on specific skills. This year's focus will be on point of view and perspective, with students writing a variety of pieces to explore and practise this skill, while also independently applying the brainstorming, planning and drafting strategies that they’ve learned and practised in our creative writing and publishing workshops.
› Independent Creative Writing Workshop (Ages 14+)Writers worldwide meet and provide feedback to each other about how to improve their individual projects. In this independent creative writing workshop, students should come with an idea or partially-written story that they want to revise and further develop with support from their teacher and classmates. Since much of class time will be devoted to workshopping each other's drafts and providing feedback, students will also be expected to work on their stories outside of class.
Creative Writing and Publishing Workshops
› Last of the Great (Ages 10-13)
Fantasy stories from Lord of the Rings
to The Chronicles of Narnia
have captured readers’ imaginations for years, and people have long had a fascination with finding and observing amazing creatures in the wild. In this creative writing and publishing workshop, students will create characters who embark on a journey to a faraway place, in search of the last of a great and remarkable species. Will they fulfill their dreams and what might they encounter along the way?
Book published from this workshop