Richmond Young Writers Offers a Brand New Line-Up of Online Workshops

Richmond Young WritersIf you live in the Greater Richmond area, you might already be familiar with Richmond Young Writers, a creative writing incubator for ages 9–18 located on West Cary Street. Traditionally, this creative writing program offers once-a-week fall, winter, and spring after-school workshops. In the summers, you’ll find 18 different week-long creative writing camps, featuring amazing guest author appearances, an incredible community of peers, innovative teaching, and boundless opportunities for creative expression. But like the rest of us, the leadership team at Richmond Young Writers realizes that we are living in a new world at the moment – and like they rest of us, they are adapting to it.

Starting the first week of April 2020, Richmond Young Writers will be offering a brand new line-up of online workshops, which not only means that your young writers will have the chance flex their creative writing muscles from home, but they can invite friends and family from around the country, or even the world, to join them!

To learn more about this exciting new online workshop line-up, we spoke to Richmond Young Writers Executive Director, Bird Cox. She told us a little bit about the Richmond Young Writers’ mission and how the goal for their online workshops is to provide a way of for kids to process this difficult time in a healthy, creative way that connects them to others.

Cox said, “We, as writers, navigate the challenging paths of our lives by putting words on the page. The vital presence of community, the grounding forces of expression and being heard – these are the things we want to offer our students right now. Some workshops, like Creatures and Their Stories and Luminosity Lessons, lift us up out of the reality we’re facing and allow us to dwell in imagination together, while others, like Journaling: Connecting Space, Self & the Sacred and This Moment, Right Now give an opportunity to examine what’s happening and support each other.”

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Workshops are for kids ages 9-18. And because access is a priority for Richmond Young Writers, a number of the workshops are being offered for free, ensuring that EVERY child has the chance to participate. However, like all small businesses around the country, Richmond Young Writers is dependent on financial support from client tuitions, donations, and sponsors.  With that in mind, a number of the workshops will require a tuition of between $20-$25.
All workshops are offered on the Zoom video app platform, which is available for free download on the device of your choice. Once you’ve downloaded the app, Richmond Young Writers will send you a Zoom link to get into the class online a day or two prior to its start time.

Below, you’ll find a complete list of Richmond Young Writers online workshops currently available.

To learn more about each workshop, click here for full descriptions, or click on the REGISTER HERE links below to sign up directly.

April 6th-10th

A Bug’s Life: RYW Edition with Suzanne, ages 9-12
Wednesday, April 8th, 3:30-4:30, FREE
REGISTER HERE

Journaling: Connecting Space, Self & the Sacred with June, ages 12-15
Wednesday, April 8th, 5-6:30pm, $25
REGISTER HERE

This Moment, Right Now with Bird, ages 15-18
Thursday, April 9th, 10:30am-12pm, $25
REGISTER HERE

Virtual Poetry Slam with Suzanne, ages 9-12
Friday, April 10th, 10:30am-12pm, $25
REGISTER HERE

 

April 13th-17th

Haiku? So Can You! with Kisha, ages 12-15
Tuesday, April 14th, 2-3:30pm, $25
REGISTER HERE

Fairytale Remix with Suzanne, ages 9-12
Wednesday, April 15th, 3:30-4:30, $20
REGISTER HERE

Journaling: Connecting Space, Self & the Sacred with June, ages 12-15
Wednesday, April 15th, 5-6:30pm, FREE
REGISTER HERE

This Moment, Right Now with Bird, ages 15-18
Thursday, April 16th, 10:30am-12pm, $25
REGISTER HERE

Virtual Poetry Slam with Suzanne, ages 9-12
Friday, April 17th, 10:30am-12pm, $25
REGISTER HERE

Creatures and Their Stories with Lila, ages 9-12
Friday, April 17th, 4-5pm, FREE
REGISTER HERE

April 20th-24th

Luminosity Lessons with Elizabeth, ages 12-15
Monday, April 20th, 1:30-3pm, $25
REGISTER HERE

Haiku? So Can You! with Kisha, ages 12-15
Tuesday, April 21st, 2-3:30pm, FREE
REGISTER HERE

A Bug’s Life: RYW Edition with Suzanne, ages 9-12
Wednesday, April 22nd, 3:30-4:30, $20
REGISTER HERE

Journaling: Connecting Space, Self & the Sacred with June, ages 12-15
Wednesday, April 22nd, 5-6:30pm, $25
REGISTER HERE

This Moment, Right Now with Bird, ages 15-18
Thursday, April 23rd, 10:30am-12pm, $25
REGISTER HERE

Creatures and Their Stories with Lila, ages 9-12
Thursday, April 23rd, 4-5pm, $20
REGISTER HERE

Virtual Poetry Slam with Suzanne, ages 9-12
Friday, April 24th, 10:30am-12pm, FREE
REGISTER HERE

April 27th-May 1st

Stories, Stories, Everywhere! with Elizabeth, ages 9-12
Monday, April 27th, 1:30-2:30pm, $20
REGISTER HERE

Haiku? So Can You! with Kisha, ages 12-15
Tuesday, April 28th, 2-3:30pm, $25
REGISTER HERE

Fairytale Remix with Suzanne, ages 9-12
Wednesday, April 29th, 3:30-4:30, FREE
REGISTER HERE

Journaling: Connecting Space, Self & the Sacred with June, ages 12-15
Wednesday, April 29th, 5-6:30pm, $25
REGISTER HERE

Virtual Poetry Slam with Suzanne, ages 9-12
Friday, May 1st, 10:30am-12pm, $25
REGISTER HERE

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To learn more about Richmond Young Writers, their mission, and how your child can be part of this incredible community of burgeoning young creative minds, be sure to visit them at www.richmondyoungwriters.com.