For Young Adult 
workshops and classes

Level 101

 

This two hour session designed for young adults will establish the basic categories of story construction: character, plot, setting, and style. We will explore the archetypes, symbols, and clichés that compose these categories, and that the writer may creatively manipulate to discover their individual style. Through writing exercises and discussion, students will complete this course with a firm understanding of the basic parameters of storytelling and composition. Click here for more information. 

Level 102

For those who have completed 101 and would like to continue, this multiple-session workshop will guide them through the process from the earliest stages of composition to its conclusion. Here, we will break each of the story categories down into more refined parts and will experiment with their structures. There will be time devoted to narrative subversion, and how a story can take on many shapes. We will read classic and experimental texts. Through discussions and writing exercises, students will edit their drafts, and, at the workshop’s end, may publish their work via Analog, the RoL press, with the option to appear on our shelves. Click here for more information.

Steven Universe: Radical Kindness and Emotional Clarity

This class will explore the colorful world of Steven Universe through complex character studies and textual analysis. We will view selections in class and will discuss the show’s alternative narrative mythology using simple writing prompts that will allow the student to find and appreciate their own artistic approach, and to partake of the emotional clarity in which Steven Universe excels. Click here for more information.

This course is dedicated to short story composition in the genre of gothic horror. The student will learn the tools to create a suspenseful and terrifying short story. In addition to in-class writing exercises, the students will learn, through discussion and examples, the basic storytelling structure of gothic horror, the visual and rhetorical elements, and the editing skills needed to execute a solid and suspenseful short story. Click here for more information.

Basic Story Writing Workshops

Level 101 

 

This two hour session designed for children will establish the basic categories of story construction: character, plot, setting, and style. We will play with the archetypes and symbols that compose these categories. Through games, writing exercises, and discussion, students will complete this course with a sense of the fun and adventure of storytelling and composition. Click here for more information. 

Level 102

 

This four-week course is open to students who want to continue on from the first level. Here, we will break each of the story categories into more refined parts and experiment with their structures. The students will play games and have in-class writing exercises, and each week can share a short story for discussion. Feedback will be nurturing and interactive, not designed to tear down, but rather provide a space to build confidence. The final session will be for editing and polishing at least one piece — though students may finalize a collection, if they so choose. The class will culminate in publication through Analog, the RoL press.  Click here for more information. 

Kids' Writing Camps

RoL offers Elementary School and Middle School Writing Camps where we'll play with structure, plot, character, genre, and theme.

 

Every kid already has incredible style, we'll just nurture it.

 

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