Kids' Writing Camps
Where we'll play with
structure, plot, genre, and theme.
Every kid already has incredible style,
we'll just nurture it.
The Elements of Harmony ::
Basic Story Writing Classes.
We're also rolling out our Art & Film club. We will watch a quality children’s film, eat pizza, and make art. This is meant to be a chill space for learning and creativity. The movie will run for some time, and the remainder will be for art exploration.
The Elements of Harmony
Character, Setting, Plot, and Style
For each element there will be different and evolving in-class writing exercises and activities, time for organic art exploration, and the option to share/perform too. Light snacks will be provided. Every class will be different. Writing exercises will vary. All activities will be modified for age. You can register online, by email, facebook, or phone.
All writing classes are taught by Cathy Borders, the founder of The Republic of Letters and its Program Director. She's also a former coordinator from Geneva Park District's Kid's Zone after-school program. Cathy has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School in New York and a BA in English Literature from The University of Iowa. She has taught writing to children privately and in after school enrichment programs.
Character, along with setting, plot, and style make up all good writing. This class will discuss what makes a great character from their heads to their hearts to their words. We will talk about what they do/don’t do, how they’re represented, and why we like them.
Setting, along with character, plot, and style make up all good writing. This class will dive into the world of setting. What makes an interesting and engaging setting? What can we do to make our spaces come alive?
Plot, along with character, setting, and style make up all good writing. This class will break down how stories move. We will discuss and play with the many ways to unravel movement, build momentum, and create suspense.
Character, setting, and plot make up all good writing, but none of that matters without style. Style is the most basic and most complex of all the elements of harmony. And while some believe style cannot be taught, it can certainly be lead to, experimented with, and encouraged. In this class we’ll play with all sorts of textures, structures, paces, and spaces.
Children's classes are offered primarily in the summer, but sometimes one will be offered through the school year on a weekend. To be in the know when one is happened, sign up for our email list, or follow us on facebook or instagram.