|8 a.m.||Check-in: Old Main, second floor, University of South Dakota campus|
|8:30 a.m.||Comic Book Narratives workshop with Ryan Atkins and Katylynn Beck (8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.)||Memoir Writing workshop with Lindy Obach (8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.)|
|10:00 a.m.||Comic Book Narratives workshop continues (part 2)||POV Laboratory workshop with Krista Scholten (10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)|
|11:00 a.m.||Quick Break|
|11:05 a.m.||Screenwriting workshop with John Steele (11:05 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.||"In the Beginning, there was. . . ." Poetry workshop with Teniesha Kessler (11:05 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.|
|12:20 p.m.||VLP members will escort student writers to lunch on campus.|
|1:15 p.m.||Revision workshop with Janet Davison (1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)||Revision workshop with Jenny Cropp (1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)|
|2:45 p.m.||Quick Break|
|2:50 p.m.||Performance workshop with Krista Bruggeman (2:50 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.||Poetry Slam workshop with the Vermillion Literary Project (2:50 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.|
|3:45 p.m.||Final break|
|4:00 p.m.||Reading and poetry slam led by the Vermillion Literary Project. Families and the general public are welcome at this reading, in Farber Hall (Old Main) on the University of South Dakota-Vermillion campus.|
Note: while participants may not get their first choices for workshops, we will take into account their preferences as much as possible. Please see the registration form for details.
About the Workshops:
Scripting the Medium: Building Comic Book Narratives Workshop (Atkins/Beck): A no-artistic-talent-necessary crash course in the world of creating comics, Scripting the Medium will introduce participants to the narrative form and style required for writing in the comic book/web comic industry. The session will begin with a brief introduction to the form, complete with sample script excerpts and panels. Participants will then either create the script for three to four page comic from scratch, or convert a story—or piece of a story—into the format. Areas of focus will include dialogue, panel layout, and notes for the future artist of the project. No experience is necessary for this course, as all information required will be provided in the session.
Memoir Writing: Memory, Identity, and Experience (Obach): William Zinsser says, "Writers are the custodians of memory, and that’s what you must become if you want to leave some kind of record of your life and of the family you were born into." In this workshop, we will sift through that which makes us who we are, find the significant and necessary, and preserve it.
POV Laboratory Workshop (Scholten): POV (point of view) is one of the most significant choices a writer can make when working out a story. In this workshop, we will improve our understanding of point of view by creating a simple scene and then transforming it by shifting the POV lens. By viewing our scene through the understanding of the different characters caught within it, writers in this workshop will develop a working understanding of the advantages and dangers of different points of view.
Screenwriting Workshop (Steele): Student screenwriters immerse themselves in the special world of myth at the movies. All stories share elements of mythology--archetypal characters and plots. By understanding the Hero’s Journey, based on the work of comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell, students learn a set of design principles for storytelling. Breaking down the traditional three-act screenplay into 12 mythic stages, studying those stages, and learning how to use them to the greatest storytelling advantage, students will take Mythic Structure and begin to outline their own story for a feature film screenplay and write one scene from that outline.
"In the Beginning, there was . . . " Poetry Workshop (Kessler): Every culture has creation myths, ways of explaining the origin of all things, from dogs to diseases, from the weather to the entire world around us! Today, even though science takes the magic out of myth, the power of mythology has never diminished: Ancient Greek classics like Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey spark as much interest today as they did millennia ago, inspiring relevant modern-day retellings such as the comedy film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Come rewrite or even create myths of your own in free verse form, incorporating a variety of modern techniques to bring something new to traditions as old as mankind itself.
Revision workshops (Davison/Cropp): We will learn techniques for revising, editing, and proofreading. We'll give each other feedback in small groups. Then, we'll apply those techniques to the work we created earlier in the day (writers are also welcome to bring up to ten, double-spaced pages of fiction or poetry they composed before the camp, if they wish to revise earlier work). Special attention will be given to the importance of revision in the writing process.
Performance workshop (Bruggeman): We will work on performing your pieces for the afternoon reading, with a focus on stage presence, voice quality, and other spoken-word elements.
Poetry Slam(!) workshop (VLP): Learn how to perform your poetry with confidence--and a little attitude. Experienced poetry slammers from the Vermillion Literary Project (Megan Sinner and Janelle Thornton) will help you prepare to participate in a poetry slam, a competition for poets. (The slam will be part of the 4 p.m. reading.) The fun begins here! For more about poetry slams, see http://orgs.usd.edu/projlit/poetryslams.html
- A map of the campus of the University of South Dakota (the home of The Sorcerer's Apprentice Creative Writing Camp) is available at http://www.usd.edu/about-usd/campus-map.cfm.
- You can also find driving directions from your location to Vermillion at http://www.usd.edu/about-usd/campus-directions.cfm (select 414 E. Clark Street, as this street will get you fairly close to Old Main).
- Or go to http://maps.google.com/ or http://mapquest.com.
Below is a list of places to stay in Vermillion. If you need to stay overnight at a hotel, we recommend that you make your reservations as soon as possible, as other events, with out-of-town attendees, may be happening in Vermillion at the same time as The Sorcerer's Apprentice Creative Writing Camp.
701 West Cherry Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: (605) 624-8333 or 1-800-228-5150
Web site: http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel/sd015
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
1200 No. Dakota Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: (605) 624-7600 or 1-800-HOLIDAY
Web site: http://www.hiexpress.com/vermillionsd
SUPER 8 MOTEL
1208 East Cherry Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: (605) 624-8005 or 1-800-800-8000
Web site: http://www.super8.com
"The workshops were amazing! I loved that we had specific time, set aside, to just write—I really needed it!"
"I really liked the revision workshop. It gave me a chance to analyze other people’s work and to see mistakes in my own writing."
"I am by no means a public speaker and [the performance workshop] gave me at least a little bit of confidence to read my piece in front of everyone."
"It was great to meet with other writers my age and share our writing."
"I don't believe I became bored once in any of the workshops."
"The revision workshop was informative, thought-provoking and fun at the same time."
"All the teachers were very friendly and knowledgeable."
"[The theatrical writing workshop] helped me come up with ideas and dialogue that will help me with everything I write."
"I loved the performance workshop!!! It really made me comfortable around my poetry. The poetry came off the page and became a script for an actress."
"I liked the poetry workshop because I LOVE poetry and we got to try many kinds of it."
"[The creative nonfiction workshop] opened a new world of writing that I didn't know about but definitely enjoyed."
"I love this camp to death. Connecting with other writers and discovering that you’re not really crazy (just normal for a writer) was very healing for my psyche, this year and last year. I guarantee you I’ll beg and grovel with my English teacher to be there next year."
"I wish I would have known about this when I was a freshman."
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice Camp is awesome! Yay for writing!"
--From anonymous camp surveys