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Our programs

CWC offers a variety of workshops that meet different age levels, skill levels and interests. We operate on a two-term class structure. Our Fall Term runs from September to December, while our Spring Term runs from January to June.

We have small class sizes, with 8-13 students, ensuring that each participant gains full access to the mentor.

In addition, our philosophy is that students are taught by different mentors each term. We believe that by being exposed to different mentors every term, students gain a fresh perspective on the writing and publishing process. Students can, and often do, repeat the same workshop many times, but with different mentors.

Find out specific details about each of our workshops by clicking on the links below.

For enrollment, schedules, and fee information, please contact CWC.

Dream Workshop ~ Level A
(Anthology Publication)

Duration:
12-13 three-hour classes taught on a weekly basis (Fall Term).

Goal:
Each student produces work to be included in a professionally published class anthology

In this workshop for ages 8-13, students work with a mentor to craft their own short stories, poems, and other examples of creative writing. This is a great class for students looking to improve their writing skills and to participate in a wide-range of inspirational activities that nurture creativity. Each week students produce written assignments that are corrected and edited by the mentor. These stories are then included in a class anthology that is professionally desktop published. Students read a selection of books chosen by the mentor to help improve reading and writing capabilities.

Students can, and often do, repeat this workshop many times, but with a different mentor.

Dream Workshop ~ Level B
(Book Publication)

Duration:
15-18 three-hour classes taught on a weekly basis (Spring Term).

Goal:
Each student produces an individual book comprised of short stories or one longer novel that will be professionally desktop published.

In this workshop for ages 9 and up, students work with a mentor to focus on the formal elements of fiction to develop, write, and produce individual novels. Each week students produce written assignments that are corrected and edited by the mentor. Students read a selection of novels chosen by the mentor to help improve reading and writing capabilities.

It is generally recommended that students participate in Dream Workshop A before enrolling in this program.

Students can, and often do, repeat this workshop many times, but with a different mentor.

CWC Picture Perfect

Duration:
12-18 three-hour classes taught on a weekly basis.

Goal:
Each student produces work to be included in a professionally published book, either individually or as part of a class anthology.

In this workshop for ages 11-14, students work with a mentor to explore creative writing through the lens of art history. Along the way, they write stories and critical thinking pieces, engage in debates, and try their hands at a variety of art-based activities to help inform their opinions. Each week students produce written assignments that are corrected and edited by the mentor and, ultimately, are published in a class anthology.

It is generally recommended that students participate in Dream Workshop Levels A and B before joining this intermediate class. In addition, students entering an intermediate program should demonstrate exceptional commitment to creative writing.

Students read a selection of novels chosen by the mentor to help improve reading and writing capabilities.

CWC Family Stories

Duration:
12-18 three-hour classes taught on a weekly basis.

Goal:
Each student produces work to be included in a professionally published book, either individually or as part of a class anthology.

In this workshop for ages 11-14, students work with a mentor to explore creative writing through the lens of family. Students will conduct interviews with family members, research their cultural heritage, and examine their own family stories.

Each week students produce written assignments that are corrected and edited by the mentor and, ultimately, are published in either a class anthology or an individual book.

It is generally recommended that students participate in Dream Workshop Levels A and B before joining this intermediate class. In addition, students entering an intermediate program should demonstrate exceptional commitment to creative writing.

Students read a selection of novels chosen by the mentor to help improve reading and writing capabilities.

CWC: Comedy and Humour

Duration:
12-18 three-hour classes taught on a weekly basis.

Goal:
Each student produces work to be included in a professionally published book, either individually or as part of a class anthology.

This workshop places an emphasis on humour and creativity, which will be pursued not only in writing but also through improvisational games. The goal is not only to build confidence in the students’ writing but also to build confidence in themselves, within a safe, fun, and interactive environment. There will be individual and small group writing assignments and large group activities including word game competitions, book discussions, and improv performing. Students will not improve their language proficiency, but will learn more about themselves; their personal style and their unique perspective of the world.

It is generally recommended that students participate in Dream Workshop Levels A and B before joining this intermediate class. In addition, students entering an intermediate program should demonstrate exceptional commitment to creative writing.

Students read a selection of novels chosen by the mentor to help improve reading and writing capabilities.

Journalism and Blogging

Duration:
12-18 three-hour classes taught on a weekly basis.

Goal:
Each student produces articles, short stories and editorials which are professionally desktop published in a magazine-style class anthology.

In this workshop for ages 11 and up, students work with a mentor to learn the skills required to research and write non-fiction articles and editorials in a variety of formats. Students learn how to craft an article for newspapers, magazines and online sites. Students also learn how to create blogs, podcasts and videos on current news topics and areas of interest in politics, current affairs, the arts and the sciences, which improves their writing, debate and presentation skills.

Students read a variety of advanced newspaper and magazine articles and watch/listen to news and reports online which are then critically analyzed and discussed in class.

Writers' Club

Duration:
30-40 three-hour classes taught on a weekly basis (year-long).

Goal:
Each student produces an individual book comprised of one longer novel that will be professionally desktop published.

In this workshop for ages 11-14, students work with a mentor to focus on the formal elements of fiction to develop, write, and produce individual novels. Each week students produce written assignments that are corrected and edited by the mentor. Students are responsibel for incorporating the mentor's edits and for proofreading their own books. Nominated books are published on amazon under the CWC brand.

It is generally recommended that students participate in Dream Workshop Levels A and B before joining this intermediate class. In addition, students entering an intermediate program should demonstrate exceptional commitment to creative writing.

Over the course of the year, students read a selection of books chosen by the mentor to help improve reading and writing capabilities.

Students can, and often do, repeat this workshop more than once with a different mentor.

Dream Workshop on the Web

Duration:
15-25 classes delivered via the web on a weekly basis (Fall and Spring term).

Goal:
Each student produces work to be published either in an anthology or individual book.

In this workshop, students visit a web page each week to read the mentor’s instructions and to download reading questions and writing assignments. Each week students produce short stories or chapters that are corrected and edited by the mentor. This is an ideal class for those students who are unable to attend a regular CWC program, but who want to improve their writing skills. Students read a selection of books chosen by the mentor.

We offer several different "levels" of online programs. We enroll the students with a specific online class depending on their level and experience with writing classes. Ideally, students who enroll in an online class have already experienced a live CWC workshop or camp.

CWC Creativity Camps

Duration:
Formats vary, with camps runing anywhere from two to ten days.

Goal:
Each student produces work to be published either in an anthology.

CWC camps are suitable for students with a variety of writing levels and interests. Our camps typically focus on one creative theme, giving students a fresh and new experience compared to regular CWC workshops. In the past, CWC has hosted Pirate Camp, Safari Camp, Spy Camp, and Time Travel Camp—just to name a few.

During the camp, students produce a variety of stories, poems, scripts, and artwork that is then collected and included in a professionally desktop published anthology. Students also typically participate in many creative activities during a CWC camp, including prop-building, public speaking, personal and group performance, radio plays, and other inspirational endeavors.


CWC student drawing.

CWC students.

CWC student.

CWC student worksheet.

Students at a CWC camp.

Student at a CWC camp.

Mentor and student at a CWC camp.

CWC student writing.

CWC Student drawing.

CWC Student writing.

 

 
         
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