March 16th Young Writers' Workshop @ Shenandoah University

Join us on Saturday, March 16, 2019, for our Spring Young Writers' Workshop at Shenandoah University in Henkel Hall.  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, March 10, 2019. Late registration may be made through the day of the event for $75.

We are pleased to offer two new genres this workshop!  Creative Non-Fiction to Poetry will offer writers the chance to channel their work based on real life experiences into poetry.  Girl Stories will encourage wroters to investigate friendship, fashion, love, and other "girly" topics.

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.

Any questions can be directed to our email at

Registration deadline is Sunday, March 10, 2019.

We look forward to writing with you soon!


Genre Session Descriptions for March 16:

Star Friend

Creative Nonfiction into Poetry: Turn prose into free-verse and haiku poetry using true stories. You'll choose from a variety of questions to tell your stories.

Girl Stories: Friendship, fashion, love, and more. Write true stories, fiction, and poetry on topics of interest to girls.

Danielle Bostick


Do you like to make people laugh? In this session, you'll figure out what makes a piece of writing funny, explore different formats for humor pieces, and get started on your own project.

Personal Narrative  

Everyone has a story to tell. Find out how to share your story in writing in a way that is interesting, engaging, and relatable. You'll learn about different kinds of personal narrative and explore how to express universal values through a personal experience. You'll start building your own toolkit for personal narrative writing and get started on a project.

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.

Melanie Catron


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. 

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Young Writers' Participant Late Registration ($75.00)

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March 16, 2019 10:00 - 14:00 (GMT -05:00 Eastern Time (US & Canada))

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Henkel Hall
Shenandoah University
1460 University Dr
Winchester, VA 22601