School One's Write Rhode Island program is open to young writers from grades 7 to 12

WRITE RHODE ISLAND CREATIVE SUMMER INSTITUTE

Find your inner creative self.

The Write Rhode Island Creative Institute is one week camp offered to young creatives in grades 7-12. Our institute is a chance for students to immerse themselves in a community of young writers and artists with shared creative interests and to learn from professionals who are as passionate about their craft as they are. Students will have the opportunity to write an original story, make a book, create a character or build a sculpture.

2024 registration opens March 1st!

We are excited to work with writers and artists of all skill levels and backgrounds. Our summer program age distinctions are for students who are entering those grades in the upcoming fall school year.

We have need-based scholarships available and will do our best to ensure our programming is accessible for everyone. Our program offers the option to pay at 50%, 75% or 100% of the registration amount.  Please request a scholarship application from Diana C. for more information. A spot will be reserved for you while we review your application.

Introduction to Animation
Lizzie Brown

Calling all animation fans! This week-long course provides an introduction to various animation concepts and techniques, ranging from the paper animation of the 1920s to modern-day 2D cartoons. We will be watching screenings of different animation and trying out all the techniques ourselves. In addition, students will have the opportunity to make their own short animation over the course of the five days using the skills they’ve learned, which we’ll watch on the final day!

Grades 7-12 | Afternoon Session | July 22 - 26

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Dungeons & Dragons
Evan Flesicher

Dungeons & Dragons is a collective storytelling game played amongst friends with dice telling you what you can and can't do. Over the course of one week, you are cordially invited to come play D&D, build a character, and go on an adventure. What makes this particular D&D game unique is that we will be taking a break over the course of the game to allow writers space to write the story of their character, with the hope that -- at the end of the week -- the story will continue.

No previous D&D experience necessary. Extra readings available.

Grades 7-12 | Afternoon Session | July 22 - 26

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Current Affairs
Siobhan Cute

In this class we will focus on current issues of interest to you and building the skills to deepen understanding. We will watch and read the news, and write about it! This is a great basic skills English class: reading for details, grammar, essay construction, expressing multiple points of view.

Grades 7-12 | Afternoon Session | July 22 - 26

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Say It with Clay
Deb Demarco

In this class, students will learn ceramic hand-building techniques. Students will create functional and nonfunctional ceramic art. Learn how to create with coils, slab construction, and clay pinching methods. Students will create their own pieces and learn how to glaze finished artwork.

Grades 7-12 | Afternoon Session | July 22 - July 26

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Small Books
Rebecca Siemering

Learn to make a variety of small books to present your poetry or selected poems or prose. There will be a short writing prompt each day, as well as learning skills in a variety of media. Papermaking, gel printing, and collage will be utilized to finish several books or a small book series if you wish. The last day of class will be finishing books from all of the materials we have made together and making a small book to take home as a memento of the class.

Grades 7-9 | Afternoon Session | July 22 - 26 |

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Reading and Writing Horror
Mark Fogarty

In this workshop, we will explore why some people love horror (and why others hate it), and how to create horror for the page or screen. We’ll explore a diverse group of writers such as Stephen-Graham Jones, Shirley Jackson, Octavia Butler, Akela Cooper, Stephen King, Grady Hendrix, Jordan Peele and more.

Students will explore creating their own monsters in a series of writing exercises. Students will get an opportunity to scare the crap out of their peers and share their work in an inclusive and encouraging environment.

For students who love horror.

Grades 7-12 | Morning Session | July 22- 26

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Centering Yourself for School: Wellness & Creativity
Phil Goldman

The past several years have been quite turbulent (to say the least) in so many aspects of our lives. As we struggle through all the challenges we are faced with, the need to focus on wellness is perhaps greater than ever. This class offers the tools we can use to keep ourselves calm, grounded and creative, including mindfulness, journaling, community, physical activity, and communing with nature.

Grades 7-12 | Morning Session | July 22- 26

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Say It with Clay!
Deb Demarco

In this class, students will learn ceramic hand-building techniques. Students will create functional and nonfunctional ceramic art. Learn how to create with coils, slab construction, and clay pinching methods. Students will create their own pieces and learn how to glaze finished artwork.

Grades 7-12 | Morning Session | July 22 - July 26

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Nature Drawing
Miles Cook

In this class we will observe and draw the natural world and use that knowledge to create fictional landscapes, scenes, backgrounds, and settings. We'll cover the foundational ideas behind landscape drawing like conveying depth, portraying color and light, using perspective for drawing buildings and structures, and setting the scene in an illustration with characterful details. We'll discuss the history of landscape art, as well as how artists use framing along with visual and conceptual world building to make the places they draw feel believable and full of interesting personality.

We'll use a variety of drawing materials including pencils and ink, charcoal, and watercolor. Sketchbook required. We will go outside for this class.

Grades 7-12 | Morning Session | July 22 - 26

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Essential Math
Siobhan Cute

In this class we will work on our personal finance unit and “real-life” math skills by incorporating individual projects along with homework assignments and quizzes.

Grades 7-12 | Morning Session | July 22 - 26

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How to Draw Real & Imaginary Landscapes
Miles Cook

Learn how to observe the world around you through drawing and then use that knowledge to create fictional landscapes and cityscapes, scenes, backgrounds, and settings for your artwork.

In this hands-on art class, you'll learn about the history of landscape art and the ideas and techniques behind it ranging from renaissance paintings to modern scifi concept art, as well as how artists use visual and conceptual worldbuilding to make the places they draw or paint feel believably full of interesting personality and characterful detail. You'll put what you learned into practice in both drawing from life around the neighborhood and from our imaginations in the classroom. We'll use a variety of drawing materials including pencils and ink, charcoal, and watercolor, with the option to bring your own digital tools. Sketchbook required.

Grades 7-9 | Afternoon Session | July 22 - 26

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Dungeons and Dragons
Evan Flesicher

Dungeons & Dragons is a collective storytelling game played amongst friends with dice telling you what you can and can't do. Over the course of one week, you are cordially invited to come play D&D, build a character, and go on an adventure. What makes this particular D&D game unique is that we will be taking a break over the course of the game to allow writers space to write the story of their character, with the hope that -- at the end of the week -- the story will continue.

No previous D&D experience necessary. Extra readings available.

Grades 7-12 | Morning Session | July 22 - 26

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Where’s Poetry? Erasure and Visual Poetry
Erin Vachon

In erasure (or blackout) poetry, you erase words in newspapers, old books, or magazines to create poems. Every page is a small puzzle for you to solve. In this workshop, we will write and redact together on the hunt for hidden poetry in the world. We will play with different techniques to make visual poems, from a simple black marker to expansive collage.

No special skills in writing or art necessary! Everyone is a hidden erasure poet.

Grades 7-9 | Morning Session | July 22 - 26

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Unconventional Storytelling
Tara Ferreira

In this course we will break the rules. You will learn to understand the facets of traditional storytelling in order to subvert the conventional fictional narrative form in your own piece. We will take advantage of literary forms such as letters, advertisements, grammatically incorrect rantings, grocery lists, and phone conversations. Rulebreakers are encouraged to join.

Grades 7-9 | Morning Session | July 22- 26 |

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What’s Your Truth? Poetry Slam & Performance
Erin Vachon

Everyone has a story to tell. What's yours? Slam poetry gives us a space to speak straight from the heart. In this workshop, we will learn how to write slam poetry, as well as techniques for performing with confidence. Together we will use our voice and body to express our personal truths in the spirit of love and play.

Students will leave with information about the local slam community, as well as poetry exercises for writing slam in the future.

Grades 7-9 | Afternoon Session | July 22 - 26 |

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Sports Writing & Reporting
Steven Krasner

Students will become sports writers in this hands-on program, giving them an opportunity to write about something they care about -- Sports! Students will be writing feature articles about sports-related topics of their choosing, and they also will collaborate to create scripts for podcasts of sports-related topics of their choosing. Depending on the schedule, there also may be interviews with local sports personalities as well as a digital field trip.

Grades 7-12 | Afternoon Session | July 31 - August 4

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