Write Mondays offers writing workshops for middle and high school students in Central Vermont. Write Mondays is about enrichment. We believe in nurturing young writers at every level and challenging students to explore the myriad of writing choices available to them. Student-centered workshops led by master teachers provide a supportive community where generating, sharing, and critiquing work happens at the group level. But most of all, Write Mondays is about fostering creative expression and translating it onto the page.
While some believe that writing (along with reading) is going out of style, that Facebook and smart phones have eliminated the need to write in coherent sentences, just the opposite is true. In a world defined by social media, the ability to engage readers with a clear, compelling, and creative voice is critical.
Write Mondays is about preparing young people to participate in the marketplace of ideas—today and for the rest of their lives. It’s about harnessing the written word to examine those ideas and explore the dimensions of the human experience.
We hold our workshops at Local 64, Montpelier's community workspace. It's centrally located at 43 State Street. The space is airy and inviting, with a kitchen, comfortable living room, and plenty of outlets. By day it serves as a workspace for freelancers. After hours it serves the community as an exhibit and event space. Please join us for one of our future workshops.
UPCOMING FALL/WINTER WORKSHOPS
COLLEGE ESSAY 3 Mondays Sept 14-28 5-7 pm
The college application essay is all about telling your story. But how you tell that story is critical. Whether you traveled to Mongolia or never left the state, did Habitat for Humanity or cleaned your room, ate a cricket or an Oreo, that story, however exotic or mundane, is unique. During this workshop we will explore what it means to take risks on the page, and to tell your story with economy, skill, and authenticity.
PROSEWORLD 6 Mondays Oct 19-Nov 23 5-7 pm
If you're an observer, have an eye for detail, a voice, an opinion, or a style that is all yours, Prose World is the planet for you. You'll experiment with different forms, from flash fiction and fantasy to screenwriting and journalism. Along the way, you'll learn what makes a good story, from plot and voice to point of view, scene, and dialogue.
SCREENWRITING 6 Mondays Nov 30-Jan 11 5-7 pm
Do you have an idea for a killer screenplay? Do you want to learn the secrets all Hollywood scriptwriters know? Then come join us for this hands on workshop. We'll use popular films as the starting point for learning the screenplay's three-act structure. plot points, scenes, and sequencing. We'll address the role of dialogue and action in moving a scene forward, write scenes using standard industry format, and develop original screenplays.