1) I am thrilled that my child loves to write, but are workshops actually fun?
Yes! Our workshop method only works because the participants are able to relax, brainstorm, experiment with writing exercises, laugh, and freely write in the genres they wish.
2) I understand that workshop should be a fun environment, but will the kids be learning the craft of story writing and the mechanics of language?
Since 2008, Writopia writers have won more regional and national awards each year in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards contest than any other group of students in the entire country! While our workshops are indeed quite fun, we have developed a method that teaches students how to transform ideas into fully developed stories and brings out their highest level writing.
3) What if my child doesn't love to write?
Writopia is well known for its community of enthusiastic writers. But many of our families have enrolled with the hope that a reluctant or hesitant writer would blossom here. Another concern we often hear is: “My child has great ideas, but has a tough time organizing these thoughts into coherent stories.” These young people also find a home at Writopia Lab--so much of what we do is help young people navigate the rocky waters between idea and story.
Writopia is a special, safe, exciting place for all students. Our time-tested method and intimate workshops are designed to help every writer discover the joy and satisfaction of writing.
4) My child is a good writer but she is nervous about sharing her work with others. Is this a sign that she may not fit in?
Most young people enter workshop timid about sharing. Within a day, participants are brainstorming, bonding, and laughing together. Ultimately, all of our writers share their work with ease.
5) Will there be other boys in my son's workshop?
While many of our workshops have more girls than boys, it is very rare that we will have a workshop that is all one gender.
6) Will my child write by hand or use a laptop?
Our writers may choose their writing tools. Most of our students choose to use Writopia's google docs. We find this to be a powerful platform to write, share, comment, and revise.