Creative Portfolio Workshop

Creative Portfolio places an emphasis on understanding how writing in a variety of forms (narrative, poetry, memoir, script) enriches and informs every writer. Workshops are fun, engaging, and designed to expand skills. Students are challenged to set and achieve writing goals: completing multiple well-developed, polished pieces in different genres throughout the school year. Through our innovative workshop method, we empower students as peer leaders as they gain skills in writing, editing, analysis, and effective communication. The workshops allow a community of teen writers to find each other, connect via their literary passions, and have lots of fun.

Participation includes

  • 33 weekly workshop sessions over three school-year trimesters
    • No makeups for weather or absences
  • A one-day Submissions Prep workshop
    • Participants choose one of these
      • Saturday, December 8th at the Hartsdale lab
      • Sunday, December 9th at the Bedford Hills lab
  • Three hours of Portfolio Review one-on-one between the writer and their instructor to be taken at any point during the year
    • For example, we recommend that seniors take advantage of their three sessions in the fall for college essays
    • Others may want to spread their Portfolio Review sessions over the year or focus on meeting particular submissions deadlines

Creative Portfolio requirements:

  • Internship
    • Participants commit to completing at least one trimester-long internship during the school year
    • Internship provides teens with valuable experience and adds to their college application resume
    • Includes mandatory Internship Training in September
    • Seniors have the option to fulfill High School senior internship placement
  • Participation in Teen Night Spoken Word event at the Nuyorican in the East Village (NYC) in December
    • This spoken word event provides our writers a valuable public speaking opportunity within our supportive community
  • Participation in two local Writopia readings
    • One in December and one in June
  • An eagerness to be challenged!
  • Creative Portfolio places an emphasis on understanding how writing in a variety of forms (narrative, poetry, memoir, script) enriches and informs every writer. Workshops are fun, engaging, and designed to expand skills. Students are challenged to set and achieve writing goals: completing multiple well-developed, polished pieces in different genres throughout the school year. Through our innovative workshop method, we empower students as peer leaders as they gain skills in writing, editing, analysis, and effective communication. The workshops allow a community of teen writers to find each other, connect via their literary passions, and have lots of fun.

    Workshops are student-centered and author-led. Our students flourish in these multi-genre workshops where they can gain exposure to diverse styles and voices. Sessions are peppered with original and fun writing exercises, but focus primarily on writing—and completing—stories. It is a true workshop in which students get to share their writing in a safe and supportive space; students learn how to give and receive insightful feedback.

    Creative Portfolio tuition:

    • To pay in one sum for the whole school-year, the fee is $1955 (saving $300 from a $2255 value), and must be paid before we start in September
    • For those who need to make payment in parts, or wish to use our sliding scale, payment can be made at the beginning of each fall, winter, and spring trimester

    Please contact RegisterNYMN@Writopialab.org for questions or to apply for the 2018-2019 Creative Portfolio program.

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