Fiction and Fun

In the morning workshop, writers ages 9 to 16 work in age-based groups with a published author or produced playwright on developing and completing a short story, poetry collection, or a one-act play. In the afternoon, writers may choose from various electives, including graphic noveling, filmmaking, spoken word poetry, songwriting, literary sports, worldbuilding, improv, and playwriting & performance. The week culminates in a final showcase on Friday afternoon.

Playwriting and Performance

In age-based groups, young playwrights spend the morning developing plays or musicals under the guidance of a professional playwright. In the afternoon, writers work to bring their plays to life, exploring acting, directing, and all elements of theater production with NYC theater professionals. The week culminates in a final showcase of one-act plays.

Screenwriting

In age-based groups, young screenwriters spend the morning developing scripts under the guidance of a professional screenwriter. In the afternoon, writers delve into film and TV show analysis with screenplay experts, and explore the ways in which acting, production, and directing all influence the choices one makes when crafting a script. The week culminates in a table read of each writer’s screenplay.

Teen Creative Writing Seminar

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"During this program I not only discovered my love for the memoir genre (previously, I didn't think my life was worthy of discussion, let alone glorification via the written word), but was comforted by the presence of like-minded people my age who are deeply passionate about creative writing. It can't go without mentioning that everybody was supremely well-read and talented- it felt right to be surrounded by people who were on my level. Moreover, what I had thought was an incurable bout of writer's block was completely eliminated by the fun, diverse writing activities/prompts/games offered and initiated by my instructors. Because of those, I now have three works-in-progress that I'm particularly proud of and excited to continue writing for the rest of the summer." -Kimberly

Writopia’s Teen Writing Seminar is open to rising juniors and seniors. Over the course of two weeks, participants will delve into their craft with published authors, and will meet and share their work with literary agents and editors. Each day will begin with a small fiction workshop (8 - 10 participants) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. During this time, writers will write on our laptops and receive feedback from the author/instructor, as well as from their peers. Workshop time will also allow for writing and editing. At 1:00, writers will have one hour for lunch--please send your writer with something to eat! Between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., writers will have the opportunity to take electives in poetry or memoir, led by published poets and personal essayists. The Writopia Teen Seminar is unique in that participants will have the opportunity to work closely with published authors, agents, and publishing editors. Writers will also take part in evening readings and literary events, and will have the opportunity to explore the literary scene.

Teen Filmmaking Seminar

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The Filmmaking program is driven by the participants’ creative vision. It is a writing-focused program elevated by professional grade instruction, software, and equipment. In a fun and productive space, students write, shoot, and edit short films under the guidance of professional filmmakers. The program culminates in a celebratory showcase of excerpts and short films.

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