Community Workshops

SUMMER 2018

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Creative Writing: Comic Books and Graphic Fiction: Grades 6-11 June 18-22, 2018 (9:00 am to 12:00 noon)

What makes a hero? How do you write and draw a comic book? Students in this course will experiment with comics as a means of understanding the development of the hero and his journey. The emphasis will be on generating compelling characters and storylines, writing a script that will turn into a comic, and developing the basics of drawing needed to contribute your work to the class’ digital comics anthology.

Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry: Grades 6-11 July 9-13, 2018 (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Students in this course will experiment with two creative genres-poetry and fiction-as a means of developing different imaginative approaches to experience. The emphasis will be on generating raw material, getting familiar with some of the basic strategies for reading and talking about others’ writing, and revising a selection of your work for optional publication on our class’s webzine.

Creative Writing: Making Movies: Grades 6-11 July 9-13, 2018 (9:00 am to 12:00 noon)

Have you ever pictured yourself writing or directing the next great movie? How about handling the camera that introduces the next award-winning actor? Or being that actor? Join us as we produce, script, film, and edit a movie with plot twists, suspense, and whatever else we might invent! We’ll explore the basics of filming, storyboarding, editing, and movie publishing with iMovie and Windows Movie Maker, while exploring the genre of mystery. Cameras and computers with necessary software will be available for student use during class.

 

 


SPRING 2018

Drawing for the Non-Artist February 6-27, 2018 (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm)

Do you want to be able to draw, but find yourself intimidated by stick figures? This course will introduce you to the foundations of drawing, including composition, contour line, as well as the elements of art and principles of design. Participants will be encouraged to work with a range of media (including digital platforms such as Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator) as they learn and develop their artistic techniques. No prior experience is necessary.

 


FALL 2017

Expanding Your Online Presence and Skills November 7-28, 2017 (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm)

Do you know when to “tweet,” to “Instagram,” or to use a hashtag? This course begins with the basics of common social media platforms (i.e. Facebook and Twitter) and ends with the latest information on new platforms, privacy rights, and personal branding for recreational and professional purposes. Participants have opportunities to build individual websites with assistance. Long-range planning goals will be encouraged as participants design individual project plans. No experience necessary. Computers will be available for use in TCU’s New Media Writing Studio, but participants are welcome to bring and use their own laptops if preferred. Tuition includes lab fee.

 


SUMMER 2017

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Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry: Grades 6-11 June 19-23, 2017 (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Students in this course will experiment with two creative genres—poetry and fiction—as a means of developing different imaginative approaches to experience. The emphasis will be on generating raw material, getting familiar with some of the basic strategies for reading and talking about others’ writing, and revising a selection of your work for optional publication on our class’s webzine. This course is intended for 6th-11th grade students.

Creative Writing: Making Movies: Grades 6-11 July 10-14, 2017 (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Have you ever pictured yourself writing or directing the next great movie? How about handling the camera that introduces the next award-winning actor? Or being that actor? Join us as we produce, script, film, and edit a movie with plot twists, suspense, and whatever else we might invent! This workshop introduces students to the basics of filming, storyboarding, editing, and movie publishing with iMovie and Windows MovieMaker, while exploring the genre of mystery. Cameras and computers with necessary software will be available for student use during class. “Making Movies” is intended for aspiring movie makers entering or leaving grades 6-11.

 


SUMMER 2016

Creative Writing: Blogging Basics: Grades 6-8
June 20-24, 2016 (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

SummerCamp LogoWant to be the next blogging sensation? This course breaks down the basics of blogging for new blog writers but also offers a wealth of information and tech support to students with established blogs. We begin with a big picture overview of the different types and kinds of blogs that are out there and learn the insider language of blogging on day one. In the days that follow, we continue to build visually dynamic blogs and help students write interesting posts, Plenty of in-class work time and advice will be provided by the instructors, so that by the end of the week students can set future blogging goals and have a clearer sense of how to leave their digital footprints on the blogging world. (For students entering or leaving grades 6-8.)

Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry: Grades 6-11 July 5-8, 2016 (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Students in this course will experiment with two creative genres—poetry and fiction—as a means of developing different imaginative approaches to experience. The emphasis will be on generating raw material, getting familiar with some of the basic strategies for reading and talking about others’ writing, and revising a selection of your work for optional publication on our class’s webzine. This course is intended for 6th-11th grade students.

Creative Writing: Making Historical Documentaries: Grades 7-11
June 13-17, 2016 (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Join us as we explore some of history’s most exciting figures and time periods through documentary filmmaking! Learn how to tell a story through video, bring images to life, and create atmosphere through music. Students will craft a project over the course of the week, with work time built into the class, with a finished product to showcase on the final day. Necessary software will be provided and included in the fee. This trip back in time is designed for students who have completed grades 6 through 10.

Creative Writing: Making Movies: Grades 6-8 June 20-24, 2016 (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Have you ever pictured yourself writing or directing the next great movie? How about handling the camera that introduces the next award-winning actor? Or being that actor? Join us as we produce, script, film, and edit a movie with plot twists, suspense, and whatever else we might invent! This workshop introduces students to the basics of filming, storyboarding, editing, and movie publishing with iMovie and Windows Movie Maker, while exploring the genre of mystery. Cameras and computers with necessary software will be available for student use during class. “Making Movies” is intended for aspiring movie makers entering or leaving grades 6-8.

Creative Writing: Memoir and Writing About You!: Grades 6-10
June 27-July 1, 2016 (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Do you have a good story to tell? Do you love to write? Join us as we learn about memoir and practice writing about our own lives! In this workshop, students will reflect and learn how to turn their own unique experiences into a compelling story. The emphasis will be on generating raw material, getting familiar with some of the basic strategies for reading and talking about others’ writing, and revising a selection of your work for optional publication on our class’s webzine. This course is intended for 6th-10th grade students.


 SUMMER 2015

Advanced Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction & Poetry: Grades 9 – 12
July 6-10, 2015 (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Creative Writing: Making Mystery Movies: Grades 6 – 8
June 29 – July 2, 2015 (1:00 to 4:00 pm)

Creative Writing: Fiction & Poetry: Grades 6 – 8
June 22-26, 2015 (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)


 SPRING 2015

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
Tuesdays, March 17th, 24th, 31st, and April 7th (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm)

Expanding Your Online Presence and Skills
Mondays, February 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm)


 FALL 2014

From First Take to Final Cut
Mondays, September 8th,15th, 22nd, 29th (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm)


 SUMMER 2014

Beginning Drama and Fiction Writing: Grades 6-8
Monday, July 7th to Friday, July 11th (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Screenwriting & Movie Making: Grades 6-8
Monday, June 23rd to Friday, June 27th (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

New Media Writing Workshop for Area K-12 Foreign Language Teachers
Saturday, May 17th, 2014 (9:00 to 4:00)


 SUMMER 2013

Creative Writing Workshop for 6th-8th Grade Students
Monday, July 22nd to Friday, July 26th (9:00 to 12:00)

New Media Writing Workshop for Area 6th-12th Grade English Teachers
Saturday, June 1st, 2013 (9:00 to 4:00)

New Media Writing Workshop for Area K-12 Foreign Language Teachers
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 (9:00 to 4:00)


SUMMER 2012

New Media Writing Workshop for Area K-12 Foreign Language Teachers
Saturday, June 16th, 2012 (9:00 to 4:00)

New Media Writing Workshop for Area K-12 Foreign Language Teachers
Saturday, May 19th, 2012 (9:00 to 4:00) (SOLD OUT)


SUMMER 2011

New Media Writing Workshop for Area High School Foreign Language Teachers
Saturday, May 14th, 2011 (9:00 to 4:00)