2022 SUMMER WRITING PROGRAMS

Full for 2022
Full for 2022

Open to youth aged 10-16 across Canada

Location: Online

Dates:
July 4 – August 26

Register by
July 3

Course Fee
$120/8 week program
(includes workshops and one-on-one coaching, guest speakers from authors and illustrators, and a final printed anthology with your story!)

Our 2021 'Imaginary Victoria' anthology, written by summer program participants

Do you love to write fantasy and fiction? What if magic redrew the map of our island homes – and we told the stories of this new land?

Over 8 weeks, participants collaborate with other young writers, learn from our instructors and work with local authors and artists to write stories set in a shared world. Participants will be required to commit a minimum of 4-5 hours per week, including 1-2 hours per week in online meetings and solo writing time. 

The final result? An illustrated anthology – with your story – that explores the Imaginary Islands!

Weekly Outline

July 4 – 8
Meeting the team; intro to collaborative writing

July 11 – 15
World-building; meet the artist

July 18 – 22
Characters and backgrounds

July 25 – 29
Plotting and Scheming

August 1 – 5
Writing short stories
Individual check-in with a mentor

August 8 – 12
Details and Dialogue

August 15 – 19
Editing, revising, illustrating, sharing

August 22 – 26
Final drafts and submission

 

Open to youth aged 12-18 in Victoria, BC

Dates: July 4 – August 26

Location: Online

Registration Deadline: July 3

Course Fee: FREE to GVPL card holders – Limited spaces!

Thank you so much for doing the Summer Studio!!! I had so much fun!! I know that having my story edited and published is an amazing opportunity, and I’m super grateful for it.
Georgia
SWS Participant, 2021

Let your imagination run wild and launch your writing into the stratosphere! Supported by the Greater Victoria Public Library, this free 8-week summer program allows you to write as much or as little as you want – a single scene, a poem or entire chapters of your epic novel. Set your own writing goal to reach in our online writers’ room, where you’ll get weekly advice and support from Story Studio staff, as well as from visiting local authors and illustrators. And your final story will be included in an anthology of emerging young writers!

Participants will be required to commit a minimum of 4-5 hours per week, including 1-2 hours per week in online meetings and solo writing time. Choose to write as much or as little as you want – a single scene, or entire chapters. Set your own writing goal to reach during your summer in our online ‘writer’s room,’ where you’ll get weekly advice and support from Story Studio staff, and visiting local authors and illustrators, as you write.

Weekly Outline

July 4 – 8
Plan project/set goals, gathering ideas

July 11 – 15
Creating Characters, Building Settings

July 18 – 22
Mapping our Writing, How to Hook Your Reader

July 25 – 29
Individual check-in with a mentor
Adding problems to your story

August 1 – 5
Details and Dialogue

August 8 – 12
Endings (Happy and Otherwise)

August 15 – 19
How to revise your work

August 22 – 26
Celebrate and share your story!