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Fiction: The Long and Short of It

August 3, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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*Someone* needs to write the next great story—why not you?

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Don’t wait until National Novel Writing Month in November to get started on a new or existing piece of fiction! Whether you’re far along in the creation of a book or trying to work on a great new short piece, scene, or section, this camp caters to all stages of storytelling. You’ll use your supportive workshop as a laboratory, a space to work out ideas about character and plotting. Then, you’ll dive into writing major scenes, settings and dialogue with the goal of finishing a first chapter, scene, or story by the end of the week.

Fiction writer Christian Winn will lead this workshop! His fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and many others. His collection of short stories, NAKED ME, is out from Dock Street Press.

This camp is for 9th – 12th graders. Camp meets Monday through Friday from 9 am – 12 pm each day. During the last half-hour of camp on Friday, family and friends are invited to The Cabin for lemonade and a public reading of student writing.

Foci for Student Learning:

  • Analyze model texts’ use of language and structure to think, talk, and write about what makes a successful novel
  • Consider writing in the larger context of contemporary fiction
  • Write a substantive body of work (such as a novel chapter, or a completed short story)
  • Sharing work with peers out loud and in writing to learn how to participate in critique and collaborative revision
  • Articulate an artist’s statement about your project and your vision of what it means to be a writer

Our ticketing system charges a $4.50 convenience fee for each camp purchased online. To avoid this fee, register by phone: 208-331-8000.


August 3, 2015
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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801 S. Capitol Blvd
Boise, 83702
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