Summer Programs

Creative Writing Workshop

Session 1

June 21 5-7p.m. – middle school – POSTPONED TO JULY
June 22, 5-7pm – High school group – POSTPONED TO JULY
Registration deadline: June 7

Session 2

July 12, 4-6 p.m. – middle school
July 13, 4-6 p.m. – high school
Registration deadline: June 28

Session3

August 9, 5-7 p.m. – middle school
August 10, 5-7 p.m. – high school
Registration Deadline: July 26

Price: All Workshops are $75.00
Location: All workshops are at Steiner Ranch and include a pizza dinner!

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If your son or daughter has a knack for creative writing, this is the workshop for you. This interactive seminar educates students on the short story form, trains them in the necessary elements of craft such as plot, characterization, dialogue, setting, and point of view, and provides the opportunity to share their work with the group and receive constructive feedback from their peers. Students will leave the workshop with an original short story, useful information on how to pursue their literary dreams, and a group of new friends who love to write as much as they do.

How to Write a Stellar College Essay

Session 1

July 12 6-8p.m. – High School Juniors and Seniors
Registration deadline: July 6

Session 2

July 13 6-8 p.m. – High School Juniors and Seniors
Registration deadline: July 6

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College applications are at an all-time high, and the rate of acceptance is decreasing. With so much competition, it’s imperative that high school juniors and seniors with their sights set on higher education acquire the tools necessary to write a college essay that will turn heads. In this discussion-based seminar, students learn the five characteristics of a stellar college essay, brainstorm essay topics, and help each other to develop these topics into prose that sings. Students will leave the workshop with at least one fully outlined essay, and step-by-step instructions for how to proceed on the path to essay-writing success.

Writing for the SATs

Session 1

August 11 – 5-7p.m. High School
Registration deadline: August 5

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Performing on standardized tests is as much about understanding the test as it is about the knowledge you bring to it. Join us for an in-depth look at what the SAT writing section is all about, and what the scoring board looks for in a successful essay. Students get hands-on practice in writing essays that meet the test’s criteria, and learn from their peers’ successes as they share their attempts with the group. Students will leave the workshop with a better understanding of the test itself, a toolbox full of tips and tricks for mastering the writing section, and the confidence to tackle any essay topic they might encounter.

About Justine Tal Goldberg

Justine Tal Goldberg is a professional writer and editor of both fiction and non-fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in Whiskey Island and Fringe Magazine, among others; her journalistic work has appeared or is forthcoming in such local publications as Austin Monthly and the Texas Observer. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston, and has provided writing instruction at Emerson College and Vassar College. Currently, she owns and operates WriteByNight, LLC, a writing center and writers’ service in Austin (www.writebynight.net).

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