ONLINE Summer Programs for Teens

Session 1: June 15 - July 3, 2020 | Session 2: July 6 - July 24, 2020


The Teen Writers Institute is moving online for the summer of 2020. While we lament not being able to see our students in person at San Jose State University, our virtual classrooms will also offer students more opportunity and flexibility than ever.

 

Instead of two sessions that are one week long, we will be offering two sessions that span three weeks. Session 1 will run from June 15-July 3 and Session 2 will run July 6-July 24. We will launch every week with a live all camp write-in via zoom. Students can then visit their virtual classrooms for daily lessons and writing activities to engage with a community of peer writers. Each class will host at least one weekly zoom chat for live writing lessons and/or workshops (all zooms will be held at either 10am or 3pm). None of our zoom chat times conflict with one another, so students can enroll in as many classes as they would like to take each session. We are committed to creating interactive and meaningful content for our students to continue developing as writers and are confident that our online format will provide students with a variety of rich writing experiences.

ABOUT THE TEEN WRITERS INSTITUTE ONLINE

Students will gain access to the online classrooms via Moodle, our Learning Management System, on Friday, June 12 for Session 1 and Friday, July 3 for Session 2 so that they can explore navigating the site, but teachers will not begin posting content until the first day of class for each session (June 15 for Session 1 and July 6 for Session 2). 

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Once Upon a Novel, Jane Gilmore

June 15 - July 3, 2020

$300 + $100 Add On for instructor feedback on up to 2500 words

Course Description

Any novelist knows the hardest part of writIng is sitting down in the chair and working out your creative muscle by practicing your craft every day. It is not the most brilliant-minded people who become published, but rather those who tone their writing through regular word workouts. This class will support students in creating a writing routine by providing prompts and inspiration on a daily basis, Monday-Friday, for four weeks - a full 7 days longer than it takes to form a habit - in an online setting. From “Once upon a time,” through the major plot line of a story, this is the perfect course for those students looking to enroll in our Novel Writing Program, or simply for those looking for a creative way to spend their slower summer months. Students will gain access to the online classroom on June 8th and will be able to submit pages through July 5th.

TWI Online uses a mix of live class zoom meetings and daily lessons and writing activities posted daily to our virtual classrooms.  Once Upon a Novel will meet Fridays at 3pm for live

meetings.  These meetings will be recorded and made available to any student who was unable to attend within 24 hours of each class.  On days that the class does not meet via zoom content will be posted to the virtual classroom for students to work through at their own pace.  Students also have the option of attending daily all-camp write-ins via Zoom at 12pm Monday-Friday.

Course Details

Each morning a new writing prompt will be posted for students in the online classroom.  Students will work in their own time to write pieces inspired by the daily prompt and will post in the online classroom by the end of each day.  Students are welcome to post the pages they wrote or they may choose to simply update the class on their writing for the day.  On Fridays at 3pm the class will meet for a live zoom to write and workshop together in real time.  The intention of this course is to foster a love of writing and to take the beginning steps of drafting a novel.  As such this will be a low-stress, high-inspiration environment and while students will be encouraged to share their work they should feel no pressure to do so.  Please note that while the instructor will regularly write quick notes of encouragement to students, there will be no formal extensive feedback in the basic package for this course.  Students may purchase an add on to submit up to 2500 words for detailed instructor feedback at any time throughout the course.

A minimum of 9 students must be enrolled for this course to be held online.

! NOTE: The live zoom chat for this course is currently scheduled for 3pm on Fridays but this time is subject to change based upon instructor availability. 

Out of the Past and Into a Bright Future: Writing College Essays that Inspire, Jane Gilmore

June 15 - July 3, 2020 & July 6 - July 24, 2020

$500 + $150 Add On for instructor line edits on up to two essays

Course Description

Now more than ever, it seems that the writing students do in college essays will help them to shape their fate for university admittance. In this course students will dig into the rich tapestry of their experience to pull out the bright shining moments that have shaped them as human beings.  Then, we will take these defining moments and narrate them with power and authenticity that will move the readers and compel them to deep thought and positive action.  This course will make use of the UC and Common Application questions as a base from which to write about our powerful journeys so that students can get a head start on college essays.  Students will author their pasts to become agents of their future destiny.

TWI Online uses a mix of live class zoom meetings and daily lessons and writing activities posted daily to our virtual classrooms.  Out of the Past and Into a Bright Future will meet 

Wednesdays at 3pm for both sessions for live meetings.  These meetings will be recorded and made available to any student who was unable to attend within 24 hours of each class.  On days that the class does not meet via zoom content will be posted to the virtual classroom for students to work through at their own pace.  Students also have the option of attending daily all-camp write-ins via zoom at 12pm Monday-Friday.

Course Details

This course will have weekly lectures posted on Mondays and will meet online on Tuesday mornings to write and work together in real time.  Each week students will be taken through the elements of writing compelling creative non-fiction in an engaging and meaningful way with weekly writing assignments designed to take them through the process of drafting college essays.  Students will have the option to join small group workshops, to conference individually with the instructor twice over the course of the month, and to purchase an add on of line edits on two essays when final drafting.

The Art of Academic Writing, Kate Flowers Rossner

July 6 - July 24, 2020

$500

Course Description

What does it take to become a strong academic writer? (Hint: it isn’t fake writing formulas or five-paragraph essays; these are intellectual short cuts that fail students in college). Strong academic writers have a powerful grasp of purpose, audience, and the writing process. They have developed the habits of mind of writers and the skills to write coherently about any topic. They’ve had writing experiences that allow them to see themselves as writers who have important ideas to convey. In this class, students will be coached through high-interest writing experiences to practice the moves of strong academic writers. We’ll learn skills that work in any writing situation, especially one that will blast through writer's block, helping them become “perpetual writing machines.” In addition to these writing adventures and lessons on the writing process, we’ll study the art of sentences, practicing how to play between the commas to up our writing game. In addition to writing to engaging prompts, we will give feedback to each other to learn how to read like writers. In session one, the focus will be on analytical writing, while session two will focus on argumentative writing.

TWI Online uses a mix of live class zoom meetings and daily lessons and writing activities posted daily to our virtual classrooms.  The Art of Academic Writing will meet Mondays and Fridays at 3pm for live meetings.  These meetings will be recorded and made available to any student who was unable to attend within 24 hours of each class.  On days that the class does not meet via zoom content will be posted to the virtual classroom for students to work through at their own pace.  Students also have the option of attending daily all-camp write-ins via zoom at 12pm Monday-Friday.

Course Details

This class will meet by Zoom every Monday at 3:00 PM for our introductory weekly lesson, with writing experiences and activities posted on Moodle for students Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, we will meet again at 3:00 PM to share some of our writing, and give and get feedback as a writing community. A minimum of 12 students must be enrolled in this course for it to be held online (30 is the maximum number of students for this course).

The Art of the Short Story, Hannah Jayne

June 15 - July 3, 2020

$500 + $100 Add On for instructor feedback on up to 2500 words

Course Description

“I’ll give you the whole secret to short story writing. Here it is. Rule 1: Write stories that please yourself. There is no Rule 2.” – O. Henry

 

In this class students will learn to express a single moment in time into an exciting, poignant, or emotional short story. Building on basic novel elements, students will compress an entire idea, theme, or event in a 7-10 page medium. Exercises will focus on the micro-short, the single page, and expand to a cohesive and complete story for publication in a class anthology.

TWI Online uses a mix of live class zoom meetings and daily lessons and writing activities posted daily to our virtual classrooms.  The Art of Academic Writing will meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 3pm for live meetings.  These meetings will be recorded and made available to 

any student who was unable to attend within 24 hours of each class.  On days that the class does not meet via zoom content will be posted to the virtual classroom for students to work through at their own pace.  Students also have the option of attending daily all-camp write-ins via zoom at 12pm Monday-Friday.

Course Details

This class will meet virtually for a lecture and topic introduction in Moodle on Mondays. A lecture introduction and prompts will be posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays,  followed by a virtual “meet up” writing session on Wednesdays at 10am. During each session students will learn in real time, flexing their writing muscles and producing short pieces. On Fridays, students have the option of meeting (again virtually, at 10am) in a casual, open mic session to share progress, read their work, and hone their skills. Students will meet individually with Ms. Jayne at least once during the lecture cycle, and can purchase feedback for an additional fee. A minimum of 5 students must be enrolled in this course for it to be held online.

Page to Stage: Writing for Theatre, Film and Television, Arcadia Conrad 

June 15 - July 3, 2020 & July 6 - July 24, 2020

$500 + $100 Add On for instructor feedback on a finished draft of a script

Course Description

Oh, the drama! Or the comedy! Or both! In this course, you’ll learn how to write a short play or film script. You’ll learn about the elements of drama and how each plays into writing a compelling and interesting story for dramatic production,  and various ways to structure and format  a script that actors and directors want to read, whether you want it to star live people, animated people, or even household objects.  We’ll cover everything from different ways to handle plot, character, dialogue, imagery, sound effects, and theme by looking at examples from great plays and movies,  how to get your ideas to come to life, and how to creatively and collaboratively work with other writers to  get important feedback and move ideas from the imagination to the page. All levels of writer are welcome. If you have an idea you want to work on, or several, that is great!   Even if you’re brand new to this style of writing, there will be a way for you to find a way to bring a story to life no matter where you are in the learning process.

TWI Online uses a mix of live class zoom meetings and daily lessons and writing activities posted daily to our virtual classrooms.  Page to Stage: Writing for Theatre, Film and Television will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm for live meetings.  These meetings will be recorded and made available to any student who was unable to attend within 24 hours of each class.  On days that the class does not meet via zoom content will be posted to the virtual classroom for students to work through at their own pace.  Students also have the option of attending daily all-camp write-ins via zoom at 12pm Monday-Friday.

Course Details

We’ll meet on Zoom Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:00 PM as a class and online via Moodle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Moodle meetings will provide you with information on specific writing areas and give you a choice of prompt. Zoom meetings will be focused on reading work out loud in groups, and intense writing exercises designed to teach skills and awaken your  creative mindset.   

We use Liz Lehrman’s group process for responding to creative work so that each writer or team of writers can get and receive specific and helpful feedback. 

You will get a lot of feedback in class but can purchase more extensive written feedback for an additional fee.

A minimum of 5 students must be enrolled in this course for it to be held online (20 is the maximum number of students for this course).

Author in Residence: Novel Writing, Hannah Jayne

July 6 - July 24, 2020

$500 + $100 Add On for instructor feedback on up to 2500 words

Course Description

This course will cover everything you ever wanted to know about writing a book—and culminate with you writing one! We’ll tackle concepts, first lines, chapter structure, and everything else needed to craft exciting and meaningful worlds for our characters, including the minute details of world building that really make a story come to life. While writing, we’ll work on ways to keep up motivation, tackle writer’s block, and avoid creating another unfinished work.  This course is designed as a precursor to our Novel Writing Program.  At the end of the month students will have pages ready to apply for our year-round online program.

TWI Online uses a mix of live class zoom meetings and daily lessons and writing activities posted daily to our virtual classrooms.  Author in Residence: Novel Writing will meet Mondays and Thursdays at 10am for live meetings.  These meetings will be recorded and made available

to any student who was unable to attend within 24 hours of each class.  On days that the class does not meet via zoom content will be posted to the virtual classroom for students to work through at their own pace.  Students also have the option of attending daily all-camp write-ins via zoom at 12pm Monday-Friday.

Course Details

This class will meet virtually for a lecture and topic introduction on Mondays and Thursdays at 10am. We will do a short “in class” writing exercise, preparing students for writing during the week to come. Prompts will be assigned Tuesdays and Thursdays to keep novelists motivated and on track. Friday class time will be a virtual check in where students can share work, challenges, and prep for novel next steps.Students will meet individually with Ms. Jayne at least once during the lecture cycle, and can purchase feedback for an additional fee.

A minimum of 5 students must be enrolled in this course for it to be held online.

Podcasting, Graham Haworth

July 6, 2020 - July 24, 2020

$500

Course Description

In the last few years, podcasts have exploded in popularity, due in part to their convenient nature—you can listen to a podcast anytime you want—and to their personal connection—a good podcast feels like you're having a conversation. In this class, students will learn the new media art of podcasting in a course that will focus first on the basics—creating and crafting your story, recording your voice in an engaging and listenable manner, adding sound effects and recording natural and ambient sounds around us to add personality and flair to your production. Students will create short podcast Public Service Announcements about an issue important to them. Then we will move on to telling an extended story, either in a personal narrative style, or exploring an anecdote about others that illuminates a larger theme. A laptop is required, as is a microphone of some kind (any earbuds that you can also use to make a phone call will work.)

 

A minimum of 5 students must be enrolled in this course for it to be held online.

TWI Online uses a mix of live class zoom meetings and daily lessons and writing activities posted daily to our virtual classrooms.  Podcasting will meet Wednesdays and Fridays at 10am for live meetings.  These meetings will be recorded and made available to any student who was unable to attend within 24 hours of each class.  On days that the class does not meet via zoom content will be posted to the virtual classroom for students to work through at their own pace.  Students also have the option of attending daily all-camp write-ins via zoom at 12pm Monday-Friday.

Course Details

Lectures will be posted Monday afternoons, with virtual meetups (lab-type sessions) on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 AM. Friday morning meet-ups (also at 10:00 AM) will be an opportunity for students to workshop their podcasts/scripts, while getting instructor and peer feedback.

Scholarship Policy

  • SJAWP will be able to offer one full scholarship and two partial scholarships to students in need for this course.

  • Please contact our administrative team at sanjosewritingproject@sjsu.edu to apply for a scholarship. All scholarship applications must be in by:

    • ​Friday, June 5 (Session 1)

    • Friday, June 26 (Session 2)

  • Applicants will be notified on:

    • ​Monday, June 8 (Session 1)

    • Monday, June 29 (Session 2)

Refund Policy

  • Students can drop any class for a full refund if dropped by:

    • Sunday, June 14 (Session 1)

    • Sunday, July 5 (Session 2)

  • Once classes start, students can drop for a 50% refund if dropped by:

    • Wednesday, June 17 (Session 1)​

    • Wednesday, July 8 (Session 2)

  • No refunds will be offered after:​

    • Wednesday, June 17 (Session 1)​

    • Wednesday, July 8 (Session 2)

Discounts

  • $50 Early Bird Discounts available if registered by May 18, 2020, 11:59PM

 

Installment payments available!

 

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