Heroes and Villains ~ This is an introductory writing camp for students entering Grade 5 or 6. No prior experience required.

Writing is an act of imagination; in this course, students will learn how to transpose the vivacity of their ideas into structured works of narrative fiction. Students will spend a few days studying short stories by thoughtfully selected authors for elements of character development and craft. They will follow the READ → THINK → WRITE → APPLY cycle of the learning process by emulating these authors' stylistic techniques into their own writing.

The focus of this writing camp is the production of a short chaptered story which tell tales of Heroes and Villains. Storytellers across the world and time have used larger-than-life characters to depict human struggles and triumphs - for example, Greek mythology. Students will explore the themes of "Good" and "Evil," developing a well-rounded and meticulously thought out plot to delineate their ideas.

This course encourages students to approach writing as a craft, an art, which can also supplement their writing in all other areas of academia. Students will learn strategies to generate ideas, explore point of view, master English grammar and usage, and build confidence in the ownership of their work. They will learn writing by doing what professional authors do: researching, deciding on topics, collaborating with peers, drafting, intensive writing workshops, editing, revising, and publishing.

Most of all, this Creative Writing camp aims to make writing fun. It is a safe space to share ideas, silly or wild, and see students' imagination come to life!