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Poetry and Fiction Writing Workshop (July 16 - July 21)

Instructor: Professor Daniel Donaghy

In the Poetry and Fiction Writing Workshop, Eastern's one-week, residential creative writing course for high school students, young writers will dive into the genres of poetry and fiction writing. The fun-and-fast week will give students the chance to generate new work, participate in writing workshops, star in open mics, make friends with fellow writers their age, and assemble a printed collection of their creative work.

 Open to student entering Grades 10, 11, or 12 in the fall. 

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Draft Schedule (Subject to Change)



Intro to Poetry Writing   

  • Learning to let go  
  • Finding your voice, claiming your power  
  • Learning how to read like writers  
  • Short writing exercises and sharing  



Some More Poetry Writing   

  • Writing about the tough subjects  
  • Quick look at some poetry forms  
  • Making the page a stage  
  • View videos and practice performances 



Intro to Short Fiction  

  • Crafting memorable characters: What do they want? What’s keeping them from getting it?  
  • Making your setting come alive  
  • Writing believable dialogue  
  • Draft short pieces  



A Deeper Dive into Short Fiction  

  • Pushing your plot past the point of no return  
  • Historical fiction: It’s not just for long, boring novels  
  • Writing a satisfying ending: Tying together loose ends  
  • Continue work on short pieces   



Course Wrap-Up: Polishing, Sharing, and Publishing Creative Writing

  • We'll put together our final drafts, assemble a personal book of our work, and contribute a piece to our class anthology
  • Celebrate: We'll wrap up our week together with a public performance of our creative work


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