The Shire Class Schedule: Winter/Spring
Open to students in grades six through ten, our Winter/Spring semester classes will both challenge you to take your writing to the next level and inspire you to become a part of a writing community. Juniors and seniors can contact us to find out how to become a student apprentice and assist in the classroom.
All classes are held at ArtReach St. Croix
224 4th Street N. Stillwater, Minnesota across from the historic Stillwater Public Library.
January 30, February 6, 13, 20, and 27
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
"One Day in Watervale": How to Create and Produce a Radio Play
Jenna Yaron and Stephani Atkins
It is April 9th, 2016 in Watervale, Minnesota. As the sun stretches its fingertips to poke and prod awake the sleepy river that hems in the village, a mist pushes up through the current, pauses briefly above the waters, and then thickens its intentions to a murky vapor that begins to rotate towards Main Street’s brick store fronts.
They are here.
They always have been, but today they will make themselves known.
Help us complete the story. Writers, musicians, singers, sound effect technicians, actors and producers: join The Shire’s Audio Drama Team to develop a fifteen minute radio play that will be aired on Voices in the Valley, the Shire’s Saturday morning half-hour radio program on KLBB. Using the resources offered by the BBC’s Writer’s Lab, we’ll explore the concept of the “theater of the mind” and consider how narrative, dialogue, music and sound effects can be interwoven to create the ultimate experience for the listener. The show will be produced with the help of KLBB Operations Manager Jenna Yaron. “One Day in Watervale” will air on Voices of the Valley on April 9th, 2016. All artistic disciplines are welcome to participate in this collaborative approach.
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
“What’s your story?” Interactive Feature Writing Workshop
Some of the most compelling and moving journalism stems from feature writing that engages the senses and tells stories that move readers. In this interactive feature writing workshop, participants will learn feature writing story structures by reading award-winning professional journalists. Students will also explore feature writing terms, researching, and descriptive writing skills. Students will learn interviewing question techniques and how to prepare for a live interview. A special guest, Stillwater’s mayor Ted Kozlowski, will visit the class to give students an opportunity to practice interviewing and documenting responses. After a “picnic” lunch, students will apply their skills of feature writing by crafting their own original human interest feature story focusing on our primary subject. Finished products will be shared among participants digitally.
SAHS English teacher Rachel Steil has interned with ABC News Nightline and Kare 11, advises the award-winning newspaper publication the Pony Express newspaper, and is a Minnesota Teacher of the Year Finalist for 2015.
February 13, 20, 27 and March 5
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Fantastic! Fantasy Writing and Worldbuilding
Tolkien and Lewis, Pratchett and Salvatore, Martin and Burroughs, and, of course, such recent authors as Rowling and Riordan, are all splendid examples of the fantasy genre, the focus of this course. Over four weeks, we will explore character creation, worldbuilding, and the birth of a new fantastic reality from its roots. Together, we will create a fantasy setting and add heroes and heroines, kingdoms and their inhabitants, magic, monsters, and even geography. Everyone is asked to bring an open and imaginative mind, and a willingness to be actively creative.
Ryan is a student of psychology and English at the University of Minnesota, and is a fantasy, comic book, and role playing group enthusiast. He is currently working on a collection of fantasy and sci-fi short stories with a group of peers.
February 4, 11, and 18
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Stunning Short Stories
Learn to write short stories in a supportive, positive learning environment. Explore figurative language and how to use it to write descriptive, imaginative, and creative tales. Engage in peer-review and self-reflection to enhance your writing, and leave the class with a strong sense of your preferred writing style. Each student will complete at least one finished short story they can submit for an opportunity to have published in online and local journals.
Anna Wessel is a student at UWRF pursuing an undergraduate degree in English Education. She has had an article published in the school's Journal of Best Teaching Practices and is an editor for Prologue, a literature and art journal.
April 2 and 9
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Words Matter – Speak your mind
The written word is a powerful way to influence justice in the world! This course
will help you build a strong, confident voice in the skills of argument and persuasion; special focus on how to build an argument, knowing your audience, seeking solid supportive sources and learning how to recognize weak logic!
A popular Language Arts teacher at SAHS, Corey is also an adjunct instructor in the education program for St. Catherine University. He enjoys reading anything you might consider ‘nerdy’: Star Wars, Star Trek, comic books, superheroes, etc.
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Creating Living, Breathing Horses Your Readers Will See, Smell and Feel
Horses can add power, beauty and strong emotion to a story. Even if you don’t know much about horses, you can bring them to life. We’ll read excerpts from some of the best horse stories. Then we’ll learn some basic horse facts so you can write about them accurately. What does a “hand” measure? What’s the difference between a pony and a mini? What’s a filly, foal, colt, stallion, mare, gelding and jenny? How do horses interact with each other, with people and with their world? We’ll bust some myths and learn how to get to know horses a little more, even if you don’t have access to them. This class is for horse lovers as well as those who’d like to learn more about these fascinating animals.
Katie Clapp grew up with horses and, with her husband, co-owns and operates Windy Ridge Ranch, a riding lesson stable in Woodbury. She enjoys getting to know the personalities of their 48 horses and helping riders connect with them. With a degree in Mass Communications she has worked as a journalist, freelance writer and multimedia producer.
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Jazz Dance and the Art of Storytelling
Calling all movers, dancers and storytellers! Did you ever wonder what a jazz hand can actually mean? Or, the way we can use our bodies to express words? This workshop will interconnect some of the basic fundamental principals of jazz dance to: 1) the process of determining a characters emotions and intentions; and, 2) the art of creating a story through movement. Come prepared to move! Writing materials and utensil along with loose fitting clothes and socks or dance shoes requested. This class will take place in the dance studio of Belle Ballet, 402 Main Street N, Stillwater.
Regina Peluso, Artistic Director of COLLIDE Theatrical Dance Company, has worked in Boston, New York and Los Angeles and studied under Broadway’s most notable choreographers and dance instructors. Regina holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Boston Conservatory where she studied musical theater and dance and holds a performing arts certificate from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.