The Teen Writers Institute is back in-person for 2022! This summer writing program for teens offers a curriculum designed to develop and support students’ imaginative and academic writing across literary genres. The Teen Writers Institute features guest presenters, authors and various workshop choices for 7th to 12th graders.
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Teen Writers Institute
The Creative College Essay
Once Upon A Novel
June 27 - July 1, 2022
9:00am - 2:30pm
July 5 - July 22, 2022
San Jose State University
1 Washington Square, San Jose, CA, 95192
SESSIONS 1 - COURSE 1
with Hannah Jayne
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, those sagging middles, and punch-powerful endings. While writing, we’ll work on ways to keep up motivation, tackle writer’s block, and avoid creating another unfinished work. Students should have a working knowledge of genre and basic story structure prior to taking this class and will be expected to write. Laptops equipped with WORD preferred.
Please note that many of the students admitted into our Teen Novel Writing Program begin with this class as well as Once Upon A Novel (taught online in Session 2 of the Teen Writers Institute). Students will walk away from these courses with more than enough pages to get them through the application process for the Novel Writing Program!
SESSION 1 - COURSE 2
The Creative College Essay
with Jane Gilmore
Now more than ever, it seems that the writing students do in college essays matters in shaping their fate for university admittance. Students must be able to write creatively and academically in order to capture the hearts and minds of the admissions team. As such we will take creative approaches to writing in order to center each student's story in a meaningful way while at the same time dawning our academic caps in order to critically examine structure and the craft moves that writers employ in order to narrate their experiences with sophistication. 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 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 in this interactive and hands on writing course.
Writing workshop will play a central role in this course. Each student should be prepared to workshop their writing with peers several times over the course of the week. In addition, each student will have a one-on-one conference with the instructor to support them through developmental edits and the revision process. Students will not receive line edits on their final essay but can purchase line edits as an add on for an additional fee.
Once Upon a Novel
with Jane Gilmore
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 three weeks - the same amount of time 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 July 5th and will be able to submit pages through July 22nd.
Please note that this course is entirely online and asynchronous, meaning that students will NOT be meeting with the instructor at a set time everyday. Students will be working online entirely at their own pace. 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. 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. This course is priced lower than our other Teen Writers Institute classes as there will be no formal lectures and it will be run with a simplified format of daily writing exercises for students to engage in and share with a community of peers. 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 after the first week of the course.
Please note that many of the students admitted into our Teen Novel Writing Program begin with this class as well as Novel Writing (taught in person in Session 1 of the Teen Writers Institute). Students will walk away from these courses with more than enough pages to get them through the application process for the Novel Writing Program!
Year 1 instructor Jane Gilmore is an Associate Director of the San Jose Area Writing Project. She is a teacher with over a dozen years of experience in both the classroom and leading professional development for teachers. She has a Masters in education and two teaching credentials (in English and Social Studies) from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Certificate in Novel Writing from Stanford University Continuing Studies. Aside from working on her own manuscripts, Jane’s favorite endeavor is supporting students in developing their own novels and creative talents. More likely than not, your students have played her original creative writing games at a Saturday Seminar, and she looks forward to helping nourish and flourish the careers of some of our brightest young writers.
Year 2 instructor Hannah Jayne is the author of the UNDERWORLD DETECTION AGENCY CHRONICLES from Kensington books and the young adult thrillers TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY, SEE JANE RUN, THE DARE, and THE ESCAPE, available from Sourcebooks, Inc. When she’s not battling the demons of the Underworld or tackling a murderer at Hawthorne High, Jayne kicks her feet up in her San Francisco bay area home with her rock star husband, daughter, and their three enormous cats.