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Teen Storytellers Lab

Our Teen Storytellers Lab offers online creative writing workshops in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction to high school students between the ages of 15 and 18. Workshops are led by highly qualified writers and educators with many years of classroom teaching experience. Participants will grow as writers in a fun and engaging environment and have the opportunity to share and perform their work online, leaving their workshops with a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.

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Writing Programs Manager

Thierry Kehou

Session I: July 13-23

Flash Fiction led by Sidik Fofana

Monday-Thursday, 1-3pm ET

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Flash Fiction led by Sidik Fofana

Monday-Thursday, 1-3pm ET

What is flash fiction? Can we really write an engaging story in less than five pages? If so, do we capture a small moment or do we go big with an explosion? Should it take place over the course of a day or can it span a lifetime? How is it that some writers are able to change the world in fewer than a thousand words?
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Poetry Studio led by Christine Gardiner

Monday-Thursday, 1-3pm ET

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Poetry Studio led by Christine Gardiner

Monday-Thursday, 1-3pm ET

This two-week poetry intensive will empower young writers in the development of their craft. Through generative exercises, workshops, and one-on-one sessions, students will draft, revise, and polish a collection of poems.
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Session II: July 27 - August 6

Flash Fiction led by Sidik Fofana

Monday-Thursday, 10am-12pm ET

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Flash Fiction led by Sidik Fofana

Monday-Thursday, 10am-12pm ET

What is flash fiction? Can we really write an engaging story in less than five pages? If so, do we capture a small moment or do we go big with an explosion? Should it take place over the course of a day or can it span a lifetime? How is it that some writers are able to change the world in fewer than a thousand words?
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The Art of the Personal Essay led by Christine Gardiner

Monday-Thursday, 1-3pm ET

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The Art of the Personal Essay led by Christine Gardiner

Monday-Thursday, 1-3pm ET

In this workshop, students will read and write personal essays, find their authentic voice, and channel their most profound stories. This course is about creative discipline and personal discovery. Students will read exemplary texts by contemporary masters and immerse themselves in the arts of reflection, description, narration, and persuasion.
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Faculty

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    Sidik Fofana

    Sidik Fofana

    Sidik Fofana received an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU and teaches public school in Brooklyn. He was a 2018 Center for Fiction Emerging Writer Fellow. His work has appeared in the Sewanee Review. ‘The Young Entrepreneurs of Miss Bristol’s Front Porch’ is an excerpt from his debut novel, Stories from Our Tenants Downstairs, forthcoming from Scribner in the US and Hodder in the UK in 2021.

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    Dr. Christine Gardiner

    Dr. Christine Gardiner

    Dr. Christine Gardiner is the author of the blog Pet Murmur, the book My Sister’s Father, and THE BIRDHOUSE—a novel in process. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Denver, and her MFA from Brown University. She taught literature and writing at the undergraduate and graduate levels for over a decade, and she now works with young writers to help them find their voice, develop their gifts, and imagine the future of the book in a new age.