Classes & Workshops

The following courses meet in-person as they are meant to foster authentic face-to-face connection. They are intentionally limited in size (10-12 students) to maximize participation and individual attention. In these classes each student will be heard and seen and celebrated for the amazing, creative individual they are.

Fall 2022 Classes & Workshops

Spooky Stories & Book-Binding Workshop

Recommended for age 9-12

It's spooky season! What better way to celebrate Halloween than to write some spooky stories? In this two-hour workshop we will spend half our time writing creepy, blood-curdling stories, and the second half making beautiful hardcover books to put them in! The price includes an hour of creative writing instruction and all the book-binding materials to make one book to take home. You will also receive of a copy of book-binding instruction so you can continue to make as many more books as you want!

Sunday, October 23rd


Location: Downtown Deschutes Public Library, Meyer Classroom

507 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR

Cost: $25

4th & 5th Grade

Story Camp

4th-5th Graders

Do you love reading and writing stories? Come let your imagination take flight in this dynamic story camp. Through games, art, puppets, theater, reading and writing we will explore the incredible world of storytelling while also having a whole lot of fun! Learn how to create fantastic, interesting characters. Design the perfect setting for your story. Figure out how to craft an exciting plot that creates conflict and offers satisfying resolution. Beyond just writing, expect to be on your feet and collaborating with your peers to create new stories and new worlds in a supportive, creative environment.

6 Wednesdays, 3:30pm-5:00pm

September 21-October 26

Location: The Blue House

1015 NE Marion Place, Bend, OR

Cost: $225

Middle School Classes

6 Tuesdays, 4:30pm-6:00pm

September 20 -October 25

Location: The Blue House

1015 NE Marion Place, Bend, OR

Cost: $225

The Art of the story

Middle School Students

This course is designed for middle school writers who are interested in writing short stories, a novel, or a screenplay. Whether you already have some ideas written down or know you have a story inside of you, in this four-week course you will learn how to plan, structure and start writing the story you’ve always wanted to write. Each week focuses on different story elements, including compelling characters, plot and structure, setting and description, conflict and resolution, and effective dialogue. Each mini lesson is followed by targeted writing exercises that can be applied directly to the story you are writing. Creative writing is not only nourishing for the imagination, but also develops your close-reading skills, your critical thinking, and your understanding of how language works. By the end of this course you will have a creative writing toolkit to continue bringing your stories to life!

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