Summer Creative Writing Workshops

Virtual Summer Creative Writing Workshops for Middle Schoolers

During June, we’re offering engaging and dynamic writing virtual Creative Writing Workshops for middle school students. Students will learn how to personify an animal, write about monsters and other creatures, decorate their writing like a cake, and talk about books they love and hate. 

Past Sessions, Week 2

June 8-12
Week Theme: Crack Open Your Writing

Bookish: The Online Book Community (Ages 13-16)
Learn the How-Tos and the ins and outs of becoming a member of the social book community online. You’ll learn about different platforms where you can express your interest and love of books, including Bookstagram, Booktube, and Book Twitter, and how each platform opens up different ways of loving, appreciating, and nerding out about all things books while actively giving space to fellow readers and writers to interact. In the name of all literature, these online forums are the perfect places for a book lover to be.

Date: Monday, June 8
Time: 11am – 11:30am
Location: Virtual; Register for Link

Positively Appositives (Ages 10-13) – Only a Few Spots Remaining!
Great writing is like baking a delicious cake. Sometimes, you need to layer on frosting, sprinkles, or icing before it’s finished. In this session, you’ll learn how to easily launch your writing to the next level by layering noun phrases and “bonus facts” seamlessly into your sentences. 

Date: Tuesday, June 9
Time: 11am – 11:30am
Location: Virtual; Register for Link

Nat’s Book Chat (Ages 13-16)
In this session, you get to chat it up about everything bookish. Expect conversations about your favorite genres of literature, some of the most fascinating books you’ve read, your least favorite reads, and your favorite authors. And, of course, a bit of talk about recent book-to-screen adaptations! What about new releases? Favorite book covers? Preference of paperback or hardcover? The book chat is open for bookish discussion. 

Date: Wednesday, June 10
Time: 11am – 11:30am
Location: Virtual; Register for Link


Aliens, Monsters, and Mermaids, Oh My! (
Ages 10-13)
There are so many stories of supernatural creatures–reworkings of beings from other planets, remakes of scary under-the-bed beasts, and new tales of half-lady-half-fish creatures. These mythical beings have enthralled humans for ages, and in this session you’ll learn how to intrigue readers with your own tales and poems of out-of-this world creatures in fun, believable ways. 

Date: Thursday, June 11
Time: 11am – 11:30am
Location: Virtual; Register for Link


Speak Your Mind (
Ages 10-13) – Only a Few Spots Remaining!
Whether you have opinions about the latest superhero movie or the last presidential election, sharing those thoughts with others can prove important but also difficult. In this session, we learn how to effectively critique restaurants and movies, as well as more serious events in the world, so that when you speak your mind, people will listen. 

Date: Friday, June 12
Time: 11am – 11:30am
Location: Virtual; Register for Link


Past Sessions, Week 1

June 1-5
Week Theme: It’s All in the Details

Book of Awesome (Ages 10-13) – SESSION IS FULL
How do we end up with awesome writing? Through awesome details! In this session, you’ll learn how to add details and descriptions to your words that make your writing come alive on the page.

Date: Tuesday, June 2
Time: 11am – 11:30am
Location: Virtual;  SESSION IS FULL

Nat’s Book Chat (Ages 13-16)
In this session, you get to chat it up about everything bookish. Expect conversations about your favorite genres of literature, some of the most fascinating books you’ve read, your least favorite reads, and your favorite authors. And, of course, a bit of talk about recent book-to-screen adaptations! What about new releases? Favorite book covers? Preference of paperback or hardcover? The book chat is open for bookish discussion. 

Date: Wednesday, June 3
Time: 11am – 11:30am
Location: Virtual


Writing the Natural World (
Ages 10-13) – Only a Few Spots Remaining!
We should stop and smell the roses, and write about them! In this session, learn how to best write about the beauty of nature, the chaos that can exist within that same natural world, and our environmental impact on the ecosystems around us. 

Date: Thursday, June 4
Time: 11am – 11:30am
Location: Virtual

 

The Voices of Animals (Ages 11-14) – Only a Few Spots Remaining!
Writers often inhabit other people on the page–but what about imaging the world through the eyes of an animal? In this session, you will learn how writers use literary devices such as personification, metaphor, and anthropomorphism to experience the world differently in their work. 

Date: Friday, June 5
Time: 11am – 11:30am
Location: Virtual


Questions? Email wins@penfaulkner.org