Join a published writer and a squad of other writers your age to write, share your stories, and make them better!
Each month we will focus on a different element of our craft!
We’ll check out examples from awesome books and movies (you can bring in your favorites too!), and learn how they did it, so we can incorporate these elements into our own worlds. Best of all, you’ll have a group of people just as excited about writing as you are, that are invested in listening and helping you along your story-writing journey.
April–Sidekicks: Writing Unforgettable Supporting Characters
From Amari, Princess of Orïsha, to Sam Gamgee of the Shire, supporting characters throughout the ages often become iconic, sometimes more so than their hero counterparts. Whether they’re part of the main plotline, or only appear in one paragraph, we’ll explore ways to make your supporting characters pop.
May–Other Worlds: Building New Worlds from Scratch
Does your book take place in a world of talking mushrooms? How about an ice planet? No matter how unlike Earth your setting might be, there’s a way to make your reader fully believe in it. In this class, we’ll discuss ways to create funky worlds that are completely convincing.
June: Whose Story is it Anyway?: Mastering Point of View
First, second, third, and everything in between! Every story is shaped by its POV. In this class, we’re going to harness the storytelling power of different points of view. We’ll go beyond descriptions of first-person and third-person, and talk about ways to have fun with POV.
Two sections are available. Choose the one that is the best fit for you if you’re on the cusp, age-wise. If you’ve got a precocious 8 year old that you think is ready, let us know! And if you’re not sure, send us an email at bewriting at wordcraftersineugene.org for appropriate placement
Young Writers Write Club (ages 10-12): Wednesdays 10 am-12 pm Pacific (1-3 Eastern)
Teen Write Club (ages 13-18): Wednesdays 1-3 pm Pacific (4-6 Eastern)
Monthly: $119 members | $139 nonmembers
3 Months: $299 members | $329 nonmembers
Scholarships are available. Email us at bewriting at wordcraftersineugene dot org.
The class will take place via Zoom. Join from anywhere!
About the Instructor:
Nicky Gonzalez is a writer from South Florida. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Oregon, where she taught creative writing and was nominated for the Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award. Her fiction has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Hobart, and Taco Bell Quarterly, and she is an alum of the Millay Colony for the Arts. In addition to teaching at Wordcrafters, she is an associate fiction editor at The Northwest Review. She loves horror films, cartoons, and stories that defy genre.