Zoom Youth Writing Group for ages 9-17
Classes Tuesdays at 4pm
June 16-August 20
$160 for 8 weeks
For this period of time where we must practice social isolation, young people have an online place and a time to share their writing and their thoughts. Meeting on Zoom every Tuesday in groups for all genres.
-Each student fills out a questionnaire ahead of time to determine what they hope to learn/write/accomplish in the 8-week course. On Tuesday June 16, we begin with an orientation. During this time, writers will get an outline document to brainstorm about their summer plan. They may use the two weeks when we don’t meet (no meetings June 23 or June 30) to work on their story outlines, or simply to begin or continue writing.
-Weekly Classes begin July 7.
4pm:Creative Writing For Tweens and Teens: Any genre goes!
Fiction, Fan Fiction
Graphic Novels, Cartoons
Journalism, Blogging, Vlogging
or just plain journaling
Or a combination
-Each week, Nerissa will give assignments, tailoring assignments to the student’s interest and genre. For example, if the student wants to write songs, she will give a song prompt, or topic. If the student is writing a novel, she will guide them to craft an outline, then submit chapters. If the student is writing a film, we will story board, then write scenes.
-In the Zoom class, we begin with a check in on everyone’s progress, and Nerissa will teach techniques and use examples from films, books, songs, poems, plays, etc. Students will be invited to read a portion of their work out loud if they feel comfortable doing so. Shyer kids might want to just submit to Nerissa. We will support each other as a community of writers, cheer each other’s progress, and listen to each other as we share the challenges that inevitably come with any creative practice.
-Participants will not criticize each other’s work. Nerissa’s workshops are based on the principles of Amherst Writers and Artists, which are all about supporting new creative work with kindness, focus, and an eye to what is working well in the given piece.
Nerissa holds a BA from Yale University, having graduated cum laude with honors in English and taught Creative Writing and English at The Madeira School in McLean, VA and the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT. Since 2003, she has run writing groups out of her home in Northampton, MA and from 2003-2006, she ran a Teen Writing group. In addition, she has taught songwriting at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyon’s Colorado at their Song School for two years. She has published a young adult novel, two works of non-fiction, and three books of poetry. She has written thousands of songs and recorded and released 20 albums worth, on major and independent labels. She is now at work on her MFA in Writing.
Mail check to Nerissa; email for the address.