Richmond Young Writers Summer Workshop

We had a teriffic time.  A group of ingeniously creative kids, Julie Geen, and myself talked about environment, and how environment can and should be treated just as a character in your horror story.  A perfect recent example is Lemony Snicket’s new childrens book called The Dark. Delightfuly illustrated by Jon Klassen of “I want my Hat back” fame.  I wrote a review here.

We took a trip to the Byrd Theatre like last year.  It was a lot of fun to see the faces light up with wonder when we went to the spooky basement to see the cold spring that was dug up when first under construction in the 1920s.  They housed it in a room called the “Pond Room” and has stayed there ever since.  That water is usually 3-4 feet deep at any given time, and is cold at around 52 degrees.  Our tour guide was the equally historic projectionist, Bill, who not only gave us great information on the Theatre but of some of the colorful employees as well, including one employee that dared to swim in the cold pond.  Fantasic story fodder for the workshop!

I also came up with a thought the other day and maybe it will help others that may feel they have a lot going on in their creative lives.  At times, I feel like my creative ideas are like buckshot from a shotgun.  I need tofocus my energy on one thing at a time and become an assassin of one project at a time.

Okay, photos!

The lobby of the Byrd.  They used to have a fish pond where the popcorn maker now stands.

The lobby of the Byrd. They used to have a fish pond where the popcorn maker now stands.

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In the basement, just outside of the Pond Room. The kids loved it.

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Marquee lettering. So awesome!

Richmond Young Writers Summer Workshops

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Richmond Young Writers are a great group of people.  They offer writing sessions nearly all year round to young aspiring writers ages 8-17.  A creative bunch, not only the instructors, but the kids that show up as well.  I was lucky last year to be able to be a guest writer with my pal, Julie Geen, for their Summer Sessions and I have been asked back this year!  So, if you have a kid 11-13 interested in getting their creep on, sign up for this one!  (June 17-21, 10am – 1pm) There is also a great variety of other themes with other guest folk like Meg Medina, Lana Krumwiede, Hershel Stratego, and Dennis Danvers.  Good stuff.

Check out the website, and sign them up!

Also, Beth Brown and I are being interviewed about Richmond Macabre 2 on the WRIR 97.3 local media news program, Open Source.  The air date will be announced soon!

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I will be a guest at the Richmond Young Writers Summer Session 2012.  It certainly will be a lot of fun getting the kids to create stories in this class on Zombies and Aliens vs. Werewolves and Vampires with Julie Geen.  I will be addressing setting, atmosphere and creating your creature.   I’m really looking forward to this.  If you have kids 11-13 that are interested, register!  June 27th, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.