Boston Workshops For Tweens and Teens

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Open Workshop Series

A monthly drop-in for students in 7th grade and up who wish to work on ongoing projects, or who are seeking a regular place to write. (6th graders with permission.) The dates are set.

Sunday, October 22*
Sunday, November 19*
Sunday, December 10
Sunday, January 7
Sunday, February 11
Sunday, March 4
Sunday, April 29
Sunday, May 20
Cost: $200 for the series (one-hour sessions)
Drop in: $30
Time: 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
4 student minimum

*Please note revised dates for the fall

Emerging Authors Workshop with New York Times best-selling author and Viking editor Leila Sales

We are thrilled to have Leila Sales joining us once again. Leila is the author of four critically-acclaimed young adult books, including This Song Will Save Your Life, which has been translated into 12 languages and has been optioned for both television and broadway. She is also the author of the award-winning middle grade novel Once Was A Time. As an editor she works with authors who tell stories for all ages, from picture books to young adult novels. Her work as both author and editor allows her to offer fabulous insight and guidance into the creative writing process. Our Emerging Authors classes are run by two instructors and the guest author, ensuring that each student receives individualized attention and feedback throughout the day.  Registration for this event closes on September 15.

Sunday, October 1, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Age: 7th grade and up (6th graders with permission)
Cost: $250
5 student minimum

Personal Essay Writing with Louisa Jaggar

Help your child find their own personal voice in writing. This personal essay class goes far beyond the traditional essay required and taught by schools, and teaches students HOW to write about their own personal lives. Real writing starts with writing about what you know. And what do students know best? Themselves. This is excellent preparation for writing admission essays. It is also a life skill that helps make sure that students know how to communicate effectively who they are and what they care about. Registration for this event closes on September 15.

BONUS: Parents of students taking Personal Essay Writing are invited to stay for a FREE 45-minute presentation about college essay writing. Louisa is the co-founder of Education in Action and has been working with students for almost 30 years. She, and her college admission expert team, have mastered helping students write college essays that distinguish their voices from the pack. 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Sunday, October 1, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Age: 8th graders through 11th graders (7th graders with permission)
Cost: $200
5 student minimum

Creative Flow with award-winning author Heather Demetrios

Award-winning author and creativity coach Heather Demetrios joins us from New York City for a workshop that combines writing exercises as well as techniques to help young writers tap into their creative wells. Heather holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of seven young adult novels and a winner of the PEN-New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award.

Sunday, November 5, 2017 ** (please note new date)
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Age: 7th graders and up
Cost: $200
4 student minimum

Comedy Infusion with Anna Staniszewski

Anna Staniszewski is a local author who has written three multi-book series for tweens, including My Unfairy Tale Life Series and The Dirty Diary Series, and two picture books including, Dogosaurus Rex and Power Down, Little Robot. Known for her comedic spins, she is an adjunct professor in the children’s writing MFA program at Simmons College. Join Anna for a creative writing workshop focussed on bringing humor into your work.

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Age: 6th grade and up (5th graders with permission)
Cost: $80
4 student minimum

Basics Bootcamp with Shari Becker

Join Shari for a review of the basics. We'll go over our tried and true, favorite writing exercises. This class will focus more on language and technique than on specifics projects, so students of all levels are welcome. This workshops is guaranteed to enhance and boost writing in all genres. 

Saturday, December 16, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Age: 6th grade and up
Cost: $50
3 student minimum

College Essay Weekend with Louisa Jaggar and Heather Hunter

CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS! GET A HEAD START ON YOUR COLLEGE ESSAY!

The person you know the best is often the most difficult to write about. Many students struggle to write an essay that conveys their hopes, dreams and personal strengths.  This personal essay class goes far beyond the traditional essay required and taught by schools, and teaches students HOW to write about their own personal lives in a way that is compelling and gives the reader insight into the author.

This writing is a life skill that helps make sure students know how to communicate effectively who they are and what they care about. Students taking this class are guaranteed to end the weekend with a unique and compelling essay they can use for a school application. 

Louisa is the co-founder of Education in Action and has been working with students for almost 30 years. Heather Hunter has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and communications.  Louisa and Heather work together with a college admissions expert team to help students write college essays that distinguish their voices from thousands of other applicants. 

Saturday, January 27 & Sunday, January 28
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Cost: $500
5 student minimum

Revision with Jennifer Mann

Even award-winning and best-selling authors need to revise their work. Join critically acclaimed author Jennifer Mann for a workshop about tricks and techniques to go back into your work and make it even better. Jennifer holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of the Sunny Sweet series and the historical young adult novel Scar. She is thrilled to announce the acquisition of her latest young adult project based on the life of Margaret Sanger. Students should bring a writing project in-progress to class.

Sunday, February 4, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Age: 7th grade and up (6th graders with permission)
Cost: $80
4 student minimum

Personal Essay Writing with Louisa Jaggar

Help your child find their own personal voice in writing. This personal essay class goes far beyond the traditional essay required and taught by schools, and teaches students HOW to write about their own personal lives. Real writing starts with writing about what you know. And what do students know best? Themselves. This is excellent preparation for writing admission essays. It is also a life skill that helps make sure that students know how to communicate effectively who they are and what they care about.

BONUS: Parents of students taking Personal Essay Writing are invited to stay for a FREE 45-minute presentation about college essay writing. Louisa is the co-founder of Education in Action and has been working with students for almost 30 years. She, and her college admission expert team, have mastered helping students write college essays that distinguish their voices from the pack. 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Age: 8th graders through 11th graders (7th graders with permission)
Cost: $200
5 student minimum

Emerging Authors Workshop with New York Times best-selling author Mackenzie Lee

Mackenzi Lee holds an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. She is a winner of the PEN-New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award. Her latest novel, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, a queer spin on the classic adventure novel, is a current New York Times bestseller, an ABA bestseller, has earned five starred reviews, a #1 Indie Next Pick, and was shortlisted for the New England Book Award. Our Emerging Authors classes are run by two instructors and the guest author, ensuring that each student receives individualized attention and feedback throughout the day. 

Sunday, March 18, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Age: 7th grade and up
Cost: $250
5 student minimum

Fractured Fairy Tales with MarcyKate Connoley

Boston-based MarcyKate Connoley leads us in exercises that put new and unique twists on favorite fairytales. MarcyKate is a self-proclaimed nice girl who has a passion for weird things and weird ideas. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Monstrous and its companion novel Ravenous. Her next book Shadow Weaver hits the shelves in winter 2018.

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM -12:00 PM
Age: 5th grade and up
Price: $80
4 student minimum

 


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