Storylab: Online Writing Courses for Kids

Games, writing activities and story-shares to grow the writer within.

From the writer and producer of the Tales from the Moosiverse podcast comes The Writer’s Hut: Live interactive workshops to grow the writer within. In early 2021, Storylab is offering an 8-week program for 8-12 year-olds – Storylab: Building a World Together. More programs will follow in Spring 2021.

The purpose of these workshops is to grow the writer/storyteller. These classes will NOT cover writing mechanics like spelling or grammar. There are no grades or work submissions; just activities and sharing to equip and support individuals’ growth and development as writers and storytellers. Each group of 15 or fewer kids will develop a supportive community, allowing kids to hear and be heard.

Upcoming Programs

Ages 8-12:

Storylab: Building a World Together

Storylab: Building a World Together is a weekly workshop-style class where participants engage in games, activities and story shares to grow the writer within, and over the course of the 8 sessions, to build a shared story-world together! This class can be taken by anyone interested in stories and heroes, with no pre-requisites.

Topics include:

  • Story-growing games
  • World-building Tool of the Week
  • What makes a story believable?
  • Idea shares and peer feedback
  • Storytelling tips
  • …and more.

Each person has stories to tell and tales to write. This workshop helps participants tap into their own writing voice, glimpse some stories they might write, and play around with various story forms, all while telling some stories of their own. Together, the group will create a fictional world and story ideas. Then, like a TV writer’s room, each member of the group will write one of those stories in more detail , focusing on a character of their interest. As a group, we’ll create a consistent world while also ensuring that each writer’s individual voice and style are expressed. At the end, we’ll put all the stories together in a form they can share with others!

This series will involve some writing at home between classes (amount of writing is flexible depending on child’s interest).

This small group of 15 or fewer 8-12 year-olds will develop a supportive community, allowing kids to hear and be heard.

This LIVE workshop takes place on Zoom. Other than a computer, kids will only need something to write on and something to write with. Some younger writers may prefer to use dictation on a mobile device or computer to get their thoughts in writing, which is great!

Note: This class will NOT cover writing mechanics like spelling or grammar. There are no grades; just activities and sharing to equip and support individuals’ growth and development as writers and storytellers.

Full program dates (all 11:30am-12:30pm ET):

  • Wednesday, January 27
  • Wednesday, February 3
  • Wednesday, February 10
  • Wednesday, February 24
  • Wednesday, March 3
  • Wednesday, March 10
  • Wednesday, March 17
  • Wednesday, March 24

*Please note that there is no class on Wednesday, February 17.

After your registration, we will be in touch to gather more information that will be useful in tailoring the program for the group.

Past Programs

Ages 8-12:

Storylab: The Story-Growing Exploratorium

Each person has stories to tell and tales to write. Storylab: The Story-Growing Exploratorium helps participants tap into their own writing voice, glimpse some stories they might write, and play around with various story forms, all while telling some stories of their own.

Topics include:

  • Story-growing games
  • Story Tool of the Week
  • Types of characters
  • Story arcs
  • Storytelling tips
  • Story formats (comic books, audio etc.)
  • …and more.

Storylab: The Hero Within

Storylab: The Hero Within is a weekly workshop-style class where participants engage in games, activities and story shares to grow the writer – and the hero! – within. This class builds on Storylab, but can be taken independently by anyone interested in stories and heroes; taking part in the first Storylab class is not a pre-requisite.

Topics include:

  • Story-growing games
  • Story Tool of the Week
  • The Hero’s Journey
  • Planning a story
  • What makes a story believable?
  • Storytelling tips
  • …and more.

Ages 10-14:

World-Building: Creating a Believable Universe

World-Building: Creating a Believable Universe is a weekly workshop-style class where participants engage in games, activities and story shares to grow the writer within, while exploring what makes a believable universe in stories – a world that feels real and engaging, even if the ‘rules’ are very different than those in our real world!

Topics will include:

  • Story themes
  • The “ordinary world”
  • Setting the “rules”
  • Suspension of disbelief
  • Jumping the shark
  • Believable characters
  • …and more.

Writing the Hero’s Journey

Participants will craft compelling stories within this interactive workshop. Each day will focus on a writing topic of the day. Participants will then have in-class time to put this writing topic into practice in their own writing. Each workshop will end with a writers’ circle time to hear and be heard with the other writers in the group.

Topics include:

  • The hero’s journey
  • Character archetypes
  • “Writing a brick”
  • Audio storytelling
  • Hooking a reader/listener
  • Comic book writing
  • …and more.

Stay tuned for information about future Storylab courses!

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