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Teen Writer

Dates: June 27 - June 30, 2016
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: WQED Multimedia, 4802 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Duration: 4 days
Target Audience: Rising 8th-12th graders
Tuition: $395.00 ($375.00, if application is submitted or postmarked before May 1, 2016) Tuition is not refundable.

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Learn to write like a pro

Forget flat, one-dimensional fiction and give your readers a story that will stick with them long after they finish the last page!   Learn creative techniques used by pro authors in this unique 4-day summer camp especially for young people: Teen Writer! FANTASTIC FICTION!

Beginners' fiction often fails because the plot is too ordinary or simply disorganized. In this intensive four-day summer workshop, discover ways generate original story ideas; to craft a logical storyline; structure scenes for maximum creative impact; and devise realistic conflicts with satisfying resolutions. Once you have the basic outline, you'll learn how to make your characters and plot come alive with powerful, descriptive writing and original and accurate details.

In-class exercises and lots of out-of-class excursions focus on three key areas:  How to make characters memorable; how to create distinct settings; and how to describe awesome plots and action sequences. Over the course of this four-day summer camp, Teen Writers develop a complete fiction story, and workshop it just as the pros do.

About the Instructor

All sessions will be conducted by Gina Catanzarite, owner/operator of Arania Productions, and an award-winning television producer, author, media consultant and teacher who has worked both nationally and locally in her fields since 1987. She counts seven Emmy awards, sixteen Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, three Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her many professional honors. She is the co-author of two non-fiction books, Lucille’s Car Care and Riding The AirWaves, and has numerous freelance writing credits; and she reviews children’s programs and serves as a judge for the prestigious Parents’ Choice Foundation.  Catanzarite conducts a variety of creative writing workshops designed especially for teen writers; and she is an adjunct faculty member at Point Park University and Robert Morris University, teaching broadcast writing courses.

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