Crafting Engaging Narratives: 2023 Summer Middle School Workshop with Suzette Sheft July 17th-August 6th
Join acclaimed author Suzette Sheft for a 3-week online narrative workshop for middle school students!
This free online narrative workshop will be hosted by the Iowa Young Writers' Studio and feature the author of bestselling YA novel "Running for Shelter: A True Story" Suzette Sheft, a rising senior at the Horace Mann School in New York who attended the IYWS 2-week residential program last summer. She has taught creative non-fiction writing to elementary and middle schoolers and values creating an energetic and welcoming classroom environment. She is the author of Running for Shelter: A True Story, a book about her grandmother’s escape from Austria during WWIII, published by Amsterdam Publishers. She has also written an op-ed for Newsweek on the importance of Holocaust education. When she is not writing or reading, Suzette enjoys walking her two Bernedoodles, running, and spending time with her family.
About The Course
Students will spend time generating and editing a 5-page narrative based on true events within their families and communities. Guest speakers from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program will also be invited to speak and offer their experiences generating and workshopping their writing.
The course will meet asynchronously M, T, Th, and F from 10 a.m. until no later than 2p.m. EST, with a 1-hour break included. Accepted students will need to be able to access the internet and Zoom at these times to participate fully. Asynchronous portions of the course will involve generative writing activities and supplemental readings; students are welcome to complete them at their own pace.
Young writers from all backgrounds who are rising 7th or 8th graders are invited to apply! To apply, submit a 300-500 word statement of interest by Monday, June 26th. Decisions will be emailed by July 3rd.