What is it?

This weekend workshop is a one day, multi-session writing event open to grades 4-12 that targets several different writing genres, opportunities, and more!

Time will be provided for drafting and revising pieces.


WHEN: Saturday, April 13, 12:30- 4 p.m.

WHERE: Rock Ridge High School

43460 Loudoun Reserve Dr, Ashburn, VA 20148

What Does It Include?

Writers will get to choose two separate sessions to attend within the workshop that target a certain genre or skill for writing. A third session can either provide time for guided writing or guided feedback. Sessions are led by one of our Teacher Consultants for a smooth creative process.


12 P.M.: Registration Opens

12:30-1:20 P.M.: Session 1

1:30-2:20 P.M.: Session 2

2:30-3:15 P.M.: Writing Marathon or Writing Workshop

3:25-4 P.M.: Large Group Share

*Schedule is subject to change depending on enrollment.


Registration through Friday, April 5, is $55. Refunds after this date are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Late registrations are accepted through the day of the event for $65 (session requests may not be the writer’s first choice for late registrations).

Limited scholarships are available for students with financial need. If applying for a scholarship, be prepared to include a statement about why you would benefit from the workshop, and provide the name and contact information for a teacher recommendation when registering.

Session options Include:

More sessions being developed in fantasy, horror, science fiction, and satire to meet writer interests!

Janet Maxwell: Point of View

The Power of You: Writing in 2nd Person POV (recommended for ages 12 and up): Learn when and how to effectively use the second person point of view. This session will play around with stereotypes and breaking stereotypes. Writers may create either prose or poetry. 


Playing with Point of View: Writing in Person POV for All Ages Learn or review the three types of third person, including objective, limited, and omniscient. Then, enjoy one or more stations where writers use Play-Doh, cartoons, or a silent movie to inspire their writing.


Moriah Creech: Poetry 1 & 2

To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme-Either is Fine If you tend to bounce from one piece of writing to another, then poetry might be the perfect option for you! Poetry gives you the flexibility to write about multiple topics in a single session or to focus on a single topic. Who doesn’t love flexibility? In session one we will work on how to rhyme in poems and in session two we let loose and rhyme if optional. In both sessions writers will create multiple poems.  

Rhonda Lancaster: Ekphrastic Writing and Invective Writing

Ekphrastic Writing Participants will create a poem or story in response to a work of visual art. This is a great opportunity to get inspiration and to work on sensory descriptions.

Invective Writing Telling off your enemies with panache. Have fun with this exercise in writing poetry that expresses your anger with style. 

Mary Tedrow: College & Scholarship Essay

College & Scholarship Essay Writing Workshop This session covers the demands of the college essay, what admissions counselors look for, and how to locate life experiences which reveal your true self. Considerable time will be provided for drafting and revising. Students will leave with a down draft suitable for revising and submitting.

Other genres such as fantasy, memoir, satire, and historical fiction offered depending on student interest & enrollment. *Genres subject to change.*