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Playwriting: Ages 8-15 (Limit 12)

Department: writing

Learn to write a script and craft snappy, dramatic dialogue. Whether your dream project is a sci-fi epic, ridiculous comedy, or a musical about a Founding Father, we will give you the tools, feedback, and supportive fellow playwrights who will help you realize your vision. We’ll think about what makes a great scene, and how your play will be interpreted by a director. One of the best things about writing a script is that you get to hear your words performed, so we will end with a Festival Day reading where audiences can hear your masterpiece! (Period 1)

 

Writing for Change: Ages 11-15 (Limit 12)

Department: writing

The pen, as they say, is mightier than the sword. The greatest historical transformations have been inspired and shaped by the written word. Writing is also an excellent way to clarify for ourselves our own feelings and thoughts about the society we live in. In this class we will explore different ways of addressing social issues through our writing. We will write essays, stories, poems, articles, etc. about the issues that matter most to us as individuals and as a group. Our goal will be to share our writing with one another and with the rest of the community in hopes of sparking greater discussions about the society we live in. (Period 1)

 

Short Stories: Ages 11-15 (Limit 12)

Department: writing

A great short story can create a tiny universe, bring you into the mind of a unique character, or end with a plot twist that makes readers want to go back to the beginning and start again. In this class, we will write short fiction, getting guidance on every step of the process from brainstorming to publishing. Along the way, we will help you pursue your individual goals; are you trying to make people laugh? Cry? Think deep thoughts about the nature of existence? We can help you make that happen. (Period 2)

 

Daily Double: Ages 8-15 (Limit 20)

Department: writing

Join the staff of Dover’s longest-running newspaper. We put out an issue every day, and need reporters to create the articles, stories, quizzes, advice columns, political editorials, movie reviews, and sports updates that the entire camp will be talking about. Collaborate with friends and photographers for your more ambitious ideas. If you want a fast-paced environment where your work will reach hundreds of readers, then consider joining the ranks of this esteemed publication. (Periods 2, 3)

 

Poetry: Ages 8-15 (Limit 10)

Department: writing

Ever wanted to write a haiku? A sonnet? Rhyming riddles like in The Hobbit? Or perform at a poetry slam? This class will explore different forms of poetrythroughout history, and give you a chance to try each of them for yourself! By the end, you'll have a collection of original poems, be familiar with a variety of famous ones, and be ready to keep reading and writing poetry that speaks to you (Period 3)

 

Daily Double: Advanced Journalism: Ages 11-15 (Limit 12)

Department: writing

Journalism is a fast-paced and often hectic business, and the Daily Double class embodies that atmosphere. In this workshop we will focus on those aspects of journalism that demand a more focused and sustained process, such as investigative journalism, in-depth interviews, editorials, art and culture reviews, etc. Individual and collaborative work will be encouraged, as well as both shorter- and longer-term projects. Elements of professional style will also be explored. The class is for anyone who wishes to dive into the world of in-depth journalism, and might be of particular interest to campers who have previously taken Daily Double and wish to broaden their experience of journalism. (Period 5)

 

One-a-Day Writamin: Ages 8-15 (Limit 12)

Department: writing

A new project every day. Those excited to write funny, bizarre things will learn a variety of games and brainstorming activities to make writer’s block an endangered species. Write a poem about giraffes who play backgammon. Write a 1-page fake autobiography about what would happen if you could only say words beginning with the letter “P.” Write your fakest and realest secrets in sidewalk chalk, or in a jar, or hidden in a crawlspace. Don’t be limited by paper – the world is your notebook, and it’s time to experiment. (Period 5)

 

Creative Writing Workshop: Ages 11-15 (Limit 12)

Department: writing

Maybe you have that one amazing idea for a novel, a comic, a play, a short story, a collection of poems. Or maybe you are just curious to explore what your mind might come up with when given the opportunity to freely explore your creative side through writing. This class will provide a chance to independently pursue a writing project of your choosing, driven by your interests. You will get brainstorming help, examples of other great writing to use as inspiration, and revision suggestions from the counselor and other campers. Students are encouraged to come with some idea of the type of project they want to tackle, though we can also start from square one, formulating a project in the first few days of the class. Come join a community of writers and explore the vast possibilities of creative writing! (Period 6)