Summer Writing Derry Emerging Writers Summer Workshop 2017 Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9:00 a.m.--11:00 a.m. Derry Area High School - Room E304
Poetry: June 20, 22, 27 Fiction: July 6, 11, 13 Nonfiction: July 18 (Essays), July 20 (Journalism); July 25 (Literary Analysis - highly recommended for new advanced students)
Any session completed by Advanced English III students beyond the required 3, I will offer bonus during the quarter of your choice for each additional date you attend. I believe that is fair, given the effort and time you will put in over the summer.
To prepare for this workshop, you will need writing utensils, a good notebook, a flashdrive, or your own laptop. Please also bring any writings you have previously done and don't mind sharing.
The themes of these workshops are inspired by (and some items borrowed from for educational purposes) the Iowa Writers Workshop, SUNY, and Purdue University Writing Center.
June 20 - Poems of Place
And nightly under the simple stars As I rode to sleep, the owls were bearing the farm away, All the moon long I heard, blessed among stables, the night-jars Flying with the ricks, and the horses Flashing into the dark. —Dylan Thomas, “Fern Hill”
And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming, And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor; And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor Shall be lifted—nevermore!
--Edgar Allan Poe, "The Raven"
Can the major subjects of a writer's mind become a major influence in his or her writing?
"I consider criticism merely a preliminary excitement, a statement of things a writer has to clear up in his own head sometime or other, probably antecedent to writing; of no value unless it come to fruit in the created work later." —Ezra Pound
“Be ruthless with your poems, or someone else will be.” --John Berryman
Sometimes we are our own worst critics. How can we make sure to love what we do and edit for the better?
July 6 - Hooking the Reader in Fiction
Some of the most famous novels have incredible first lines.
It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened. (THE GIVER, Lois Lowry)
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. (1984, George Orwell)
There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. (VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER, C.S. Lewis)
During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country, and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher. (THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, E.A. Poe)
After exploring the commonalities between grand openings, we will begin writing our own first lines to captivate our readers.
July 11 - Character Builders
“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” ― Ernest Hemingway
What is it that make a character memorable? Personality, description, actions, thoughts are all part of what brings a character to life and all aspects we will employ in this session.
July 13 - Fantastic Fantasy Fiction
"Literature" in academia sometimes does not equal what we are passionate about reading. Mystery? Fantasy? Science Fiction? Fables and Fairy Tales? Many stories that fall under these categories are not recorded in the handbook for top literary tales. In this workshop, we will break the literary rules and write about those favorite subjects we have outside the typical genres.
July 18 - Building the Personal Essay What life experiences have shaped how you feel about X, Y, or Z? Your views have shaped your outlook on a variety of topics. Your opinions have been molded by your observations and actions. Whether you are writing for a future college essay, scholarship, persuasion of a point, or for pure opinionated pleasure, explore the art of your thoughts made visible through words as you explore the uniqueness of style, intelligence, diction, and humor in the crafting of your ruminations. (Essay info from SUNY website.)
July 20 - Culture Writing in Journalism: Food, Fashion & Entertainment Arts Journalism writing allows you to show off the creativity of your community as well as bring valuable and appreciated entertainment information to your readers. This session will help you find resources, select hot topics, and bring those ideas to readers in quick formats that tell stories. If you like to write about movies, books, art, dance, fashion, and food, this workshop is for you!
July 25 - Literary Critique & Analysis (highly recommended for new Advanced English students) New to the Advanced English class? Never wrote a literary analysis before? Or have you written an analysis and feel like honing your skills? Let the University of Purdue's information be your guide! Learn from the expert educational resource that is used across the nation to help you set up, write, analyze, and be prepared for your English writing, college, and beyond. Get outstanding resources that you will use from now all the way through your future years of college that you will find invaluable to your future education!