Zoom Youth Writing Group for ages 9-17
Classes Tuesdays at 4pm, 7pm, 8pm
March 24-June 16
$265 for 12 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 organized by genre.
-Each student fills out a questionnaire ahead of time to determine what they hope to learn/write/accomplish in the 12-week course.
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
7pm Focus on Songwriting
For songwriters and those interested in songwriting!
-Each week, Nerissa will give assignments, tailoring each assignment 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, or have her read their work anonymously. 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 will not give grades, but she will edit and comment on all work, and make specific suggestions for improvement and/or direction on the page or via email. In the class, she will also point out what is working well.
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.
Mail check to Nerissa; email for the address.