Ohio City Writers

A nonprofit youth creative writing center

Upcoming youth workshops

PHOTO FICTION (Saturday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m., for students in grades 4-7)
Pictures don’t tell stories, exactly, but they can inspire them. In this workshop we talk briefly about the elements of good fiction — characters, setting, plot, etc. Then everyone chooses a whacked-out, old-timey photo from the Photo Fiction hat (or bucket or whatever’s handy) and we set to work crafting an explanation for what’s going on, seeking the sweet spot between plausible and absurd. This workshop is led by OCW executive director Frank W. Lewis. REGISTER

10-MINUTE PLAYS (Thursdays, Feb. 14-March 7, 7-8:30 p.m., for grades 8-12)
This four-week workshop will conclude with staged readings of the students’ work. Here’s how we’ll get there: Week One: Discussion of Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl (we’ll email a PDF prior to the first meeting) and excerpts from works by Sophocles, Shakespeare, Wilder and others. Week Two: Writing games designed to prepare students for writing their own plays. Week Three: Discussing students’ ideas for their own plays and beginning first drafts. Week four: Sharing completed first drafts and giving input on each other’s work in preparation for writing final draft. Students will get the most out of this workshop if they write between meetings. This workshop is led by playwright Peter Roth, who holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. REGISTER

COLLAGE POETRY (Sundays, Feb. 24 & March 3, 3-4:30 p.m., for grades 8-12)
In collage poetry, students sift through words and phrases clipped from newspapers and magazines, then assemble the fragments into original works. In the second session, we’ll read and discuss poetry while assembling collages of images, which will inspire new poems. This workshop is led by Nicole Hennessy, a poet and publisher of the new art and literature magazine Miser. Students will be encouraged to submit their finished works for possible publication. REGISTER

TELLING STORIES IN COMICS (Mondays, Feb. 25-March 18, 7-8:30 p.m., for grades 4-9)
Comic books are often associated with super heroes. But many writers, including Clevelander Harvey Pekar, have used the format for stories that have nothing to do with capes and criminal masterminds. In this workshop, we learn how any story can be told in this visual medium. Week one: Writing a very short story (which can be about a superhero). Week two: Storyboarding (planning out our pages). Weeks three and four: Drawing the panels and covers for our short comic books. We’ll provide paper, colored pencils and some markers; students are welcome to bring other supplies. This workshop is led by artists and writers Davey Connor and Jerry Vandal. REGISTER

And for adults: DIY Book Publishing (Feb. 7) and DIY Editing (Feb. 19).

More info at OhioCityWriters.org

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