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Thrills, Chills, and Spills: Adventures in Creative Writing
Session 3

Thrills, Chills, and Spills: Adventures in Creative Writing
Learn eye-opening tips to improve your writing from the award-winning author of 80+ children's books!
This is not your typical writing program. It is an expedition into the sometimes scary, sometimes challenging and always exhilarating experience of creating a story that will entertain others.
Students will learn effective writing strategies, including how to produce a propulsive plot, populate it with unpredictable characters, incorporate humor when possible, build to a compelling climax, and leave readers wanting more. On a structural level, students will come up with irresistible opening lines, craft cliffhangers both epic and subtle, and use metaphor to develop their distinctive identities as writers. Each session students will complete one or two short writing exercises, all while engaging in lively self-examination...leaving students wanting more.
The program is a mix of writing, sharing, and discussion. Everyone will read aloud what they write. Students will be equipped and motivated to continue writing for fun and to embrace writing required for school. They will also be able to look at the books they love in a new way, with a more critical eye, which will, in turn, help them write more robustly themselves.
No more than twice per six-week program, students may be asked to write a short story (page or less) on their own time, which they will then present to the group.
Instructor: Marc Tyler Nobleman is the author of more than 70 books for young readers—nonfiction and fiction, drama and humor. His titles include Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman (which changed history, inspiring the Hulu documentary Batman & Bill, as well as a TED Talk), Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot's World War II Story, Brave Like My Brother, and The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra. He has been invited to speak/run writing workshops at schools in a dozen countries and taught a creative writing camp at GDS this summer.

Grades: 4-6 
Dates: Mondays starting November 2 and ending December 14
Time: 4-5pm

Grades: 7-9
Dates: Mondays starting November 2 and ending December 14
Time: 5-6pm

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"Jessica" Hortman

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