April 27th Young Writers' Workshop @ Fauquier HS

Join us on Saturday, April 27, 2019, for our Spring Young Writers' Workshop at Fauquier High School in Warrenton, VA.  Our Teacher Consultants are eager to work with young writers in grades 4-8 and 9-12.  Our workshop will run from 10 am until 2 pm, and we ask all students to please bring a packed lunch and drink with them.  All students will receive a notebook and pen at registration.   The cost for the workshop is $60.  Early registration ends on Sunday, April 21, 2019. Late registration through the day of the event is $75. We cannot guarantee student choices for late registration.

Our schedule for the day will be:

9:30-10:00 am Registration

10:00-10:05 am Welcome

10:05-11:00 am Genre Session #1

11:00-11:55 am Genre Session #2 

11:55 am-12:15 pm Lunch

12:15-1:15 pm Writing Workshops (age-level groups)

1:20-2:00 pm Large Group Share

When registering, please be sure to enter the student's name on the ticket (this is the first window you will see once you click on the "Book Now" button.)  It is possible to register more than one student at a time on the site by simply clicking "Add Ticket" in this same window.

Please note that payment MUST be received before the day of the workshop in order to reserve your spot.  If you choose the OFFLINE PAYMENT option, please email us asap in order to arrange for prompt payment.

Due to our planning of events relying on accurate numbers of participants, refunds are NOT available after the EARLY registration deadline.  In the case of emergency situations, we will consider a partial refund or application of the fee toward a future workshop on a case-by-case basis.   

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Genre Session Descriptions for April 27:

Donna Michael

Journal writing

The only thing wrong you can do is not WRITE.  Journaling allows authors to experience writing as a joyful practice rather than academic drudgery.  Journaling has benefits for all writers. It is simple to establishing a free flowing, no rules writing routine. Learn more ways to journal, it is not your diary; it is more!!


Calling all writers (aka poets).  Poetry, the frequently neglected form of writing, will aid your writing skills by increasing your power of self expression.  Poets will exercise their creativity in several different poems during this session.

Robin Frost

Short Stories

Short stories are different from novels not only in size but how they focus on one main character and one main, transformative event. Since good stories are built on scenes containing sensory details of setting, characters, and action, and since these are short stories, we have to develop the main character and dive into action right away. We will begin by looking at what a short story is and what makes it different from longer stories.  We will then move into the writing of effective hooks, and after a mini-lesson on plot structure, students will have the option of using planning tools for developing great characters and conflict or diving “write” in – forgive my pun!

Horror (Second Session)

The most important part of any horror story is naturally going to be its fear factor. People don’t read horror for easy entertainment; they read it to be excited and terrorized. That said, this session will look at basic storytelling techniques which focus on character and plot.

We will first read a couple passages from well-known horror classics such as R.L Stein’s Goosebumps and Stephen King and discuss what makes them scary.

Next, we will answer questions designed to help us create our own perfectly petrifying protagonist.

Lastly, using “7 tips for writing a horror story,” (which I will simplify) we will create our super-creepy setting and a spine-chilling plot.

Melanie Catron

Horror (First Session)

In this workshop, we will work on how to identify what scares your readers by considering what scares us and each other; how to decide which type of horror story works best for our writing: horror and terror or violence and gore; and ways to build your setting as the setting of a horror story is a vital piece of the puzzle that can pull your readers in. We will also work on some methods to build and maintain suspense in your story. 

Science Fiction (Second Session)

We will work on building the story and how to input the rules of the character's reality into the story to allow the reader to understand what is happening as a large part of science fiction is that it is a believable story that has been transplanted into a different setting, era, or world. It is not mystical and magical, but events that could happen so have to be realistic in some aspect. If you give too much information at once though, your reader can get lost and the story can become more about information and rules than building the scene and the characters. We will discuss the importance of researching parts of your story to remain true to the aspects that need to be real or accurate before intertwining them with the fiction aspects of your story. 

Chris Humenik

Sci-Fi (First Session)

Turning a good tech bad - in this session, we'll try our pen at taking a good technology, futurizing it, and then turning it bad. Did the cure for cancer come with a side of zombies? Did the first Mars landing wake up a dormant alien race? Did emojis finally go too far and we accidentally created a killer AI? Write it out and have fun exploring as we develop our sci-fi dystopias.


In this session, we'll focus on creating a believable magical system for our world. You can either come with your own fantasy world started, borrow one from a famous series or movie, or brainstorm your own with us. Once we've got a basic world, we're going to infuse it with some magic and develop our unique set of magical limitations, entities, and backstories.

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April 27, 2019 10:00 - 14:00 (GMT -05:00 Eastern Time (US & Canada))

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