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March 22, 2019

Writers Gym ECS | Final Considerations: Polishing and Publishing

Brooke A. ‘21: Wondering how to publish our pieces after three weeks of work, The Writers Gym heard from Rebecca Yarros on our final Tuesday. She has published 14 books, both traditionally and through the “self-publishing” process. A lot of hard work goes into publishing books. . When traditionally publishing, many people are involved—a literary agent, proofreader, marketing director, personal publicist, book publicist, front cover artist, and a copy editor for the back cover...
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March 19, 2019

Writers Gym ECS | 'Everyone has permission to write bad first-draft dialogue'

  After our second week of writing, we headed into Monday ready to dive further into the process of fiction writing with our guest speaker Katie McDougall, the co-founder of “The Porch,” a writing collective in Nashville. Ms. McDougall came all the way from Tennessee to help us develop our characters, create interesting plot challenges, and write strong dialogue. In the morning, she shared her history with us. Mrs. McDougall taught here at CSS and even taught Ms. Hunter, our...
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March 12, 2019

Writers Gym ECS | Words and Pictures

Noah Ne. ‘22: On Friday the class took some time off their projects to learn how to improve in their writing from some experienced authors. Dr. Jen Gutierrez, a former CSS teacher and currently a teacher at the University of New Mexico, was one of the two published poets who came to speak to the ECS. Dr. Gutierrez led the class in multiple writing exercises. The students were very engaged for the four hours that Dr. Gutierrez was with them. She not only was able to get the class...
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March 06, 2019

Writers Gym ECS | Let the Writing Begin!

  After a run-through of the syllabus and course expectations for this ECS, Writers Gym jumped into a writing exercise involving a round robin of creative writing stations. These stations tested our imagination and our ability to collaborate with our peers. We worked with partners on various activities all about writing and the creative process. We got inspiration from these various activities, especially from the ekphrasic writing activity. In this activity, we studied a painting for a...
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February 12, 2019

Writers Gym ECS | Course Description

Essential question: How can we use the tools of good writing across a spectrum of genres and purposes,from the formal essay to poems, short-stories, poems and other creative forms? Course description: Do you finally want to try your hand at that novel or play? Would you like to masterthose skills that will inevitably help you earn consistent A’s on your school essays? Whether you areinterested in writing fiction, drama, poetry, journalism, or perfecting your essay skills, this seminar...
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Writers Gym ECS March 12, 2019

Writers Gym ECS | Words and Pictures

Noah Ne. ‘22: On Friday the class took some time off their projects to learn how to improve in their writing from some experienced authors. Dr. Jen Gutierrez, a former CSS teacher and currently a teacher at the University of New Mexico, was one of the two published poets who came to...
» read more
Writers Gym ECS 2019: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center March 06, 2019

Writers Gym ECS | Let the Writing Begin!

  After a run-through of the syllabus and course expectations for this ECS, Writers Gym jumped into a writing exercise involving a round robin of creative writing stations. These stations tested our imagination and our ability to collaborate with our peers. We worked with partners on various...
» read more
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