Zoom Youth Writing Group for ages 10-15
Classes Tuesdays 3:30-5pm
January 12-March 23, 2021
$250 for 10 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. All genres welcome.
-Each student fills out a questionnaire ahead of time to determine what they hope to learn/write/accomplish in the 10-week course.
-45 min of an hour in-class writing on a prompt or tailored assignment.
-30-45 minutes of instruction/sharing
3:30-5pm: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
-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. 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, but they will be invited to comment on the strengths of the pieces they hear. 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. She has 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 at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Mail check to Nerissa; email for the address.