This is a language arts (reading and writing) enrichment program geared towards middle school students (Grade 5-8) in the Pittsburgh area.
The Storytellers Workshop is an exploration of artistic self-expression. It encourages students to recognize literary devices across a variety of genres, channel their storytelling abilities, and discover their writing voices.
Reflective of contemporary trends in creative writing and language arts pedagogy, students will create their own “books” using a compilation of traditional and innovative mediums to tell their stories: lists, song lyrics, emails, text messages, letters, diary entries, poems, cartoons, graphs, etc. Students will also practice public speaking and performance techniques and investigate publishing opportunities for young writers.
Reading: As part of this workshop, students will read one anchor book and thematically related poems and short stories.
Writing: Using these rhetorical sources as guides, students will produce their own fictional diaries, complete with illustrations and incorporating creative writing forms ranging from the traditional to the experimental. Students will be invited to compose and send letters to characters. Publication opportunities for young writers will also be discussed.
Speaking: Inspired by a variety of creative media (TED Talks, the Moth Radio, and This American Life podcasts), students will be prepared to present their work during a “public” reading (parents and friends) scheduled at the end of the workshop.
SPECIAL OFFER: BRING A STORYTELLER BUDDY TO THE WORKSHOP AND BOTH GET ANOTHER $50 OFF THE TUITION