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Teen Writer! Series

Dates: July 10, 2015
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: WQED Multimedia, 4802 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Duration: 1 day
Target Audience: 8th to 12th graders
Tuition: $159.00 Tuition is not refundable.

Think you've got great taste in movies and music? Original opinions about the best books and coolest concerts? Or maybe you're the person who has strong thoughts about everything from school policies to world politics - and you're ready to share them! Whether you dream of writing entertainment reviews . . . having your own opinions column in a newspaper or you aspire to write a better blog. . . whether you want to make your journal entries richer or just hope to write a better personal essay for college applications . . . this intensive one-day workshop will teach you how to turn your unique observations into thoughtful and thought-provoking writing. Bring paper, pencils, strong opinions and exceptional judgment and discover how to turn attitude and observation into exceptional writing!

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Need Based Scholarships Available: Click Here to Download Application Form

Dates: July 6 - July 9, 2015
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: WQED Multimedia, 4802 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Duration: 4 days
Target Audience: Rising 8th to 12th graders
Tuition: $395.00 Tuition is not refundable.

Beginners' fiction often fails because the plot is too ordinary or simply disorganized. In this intensive four-day summer workshop designed especially for teens, you'll learn how to craft a logical storyline; structure scenes for maximum creative impact; and devise realistic conflicts with satisfying resolutions. Once you have the basic outline, then you'll learn how to make your characters and plot come alive with powerful, descriptive writing, figurative language, and original and accurate details. In-class exercises and brief out-of-class excursions will focus on three key areas: How to make characters memorable; how to create distinct settings; and how to describe awesome action sequences. Over the course of this three-day summer camp, teenagers develop a complete fiction story, and workshop it just as the pros do. Forget flat, one-dimensional fiction and give your readers a story that will stick with them long after they read the last page!

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Need Based Scholarships Available: Click Here to Download Application Form

Luminari invites Teen Writers to apply for a scholarship to its Teen Writer! camps, held July 6 - 10, 2015!

Visit www.luminari.org and click on "Get Inspired" to learn more about this year's Teen Writer! camps:  Fantastic Fiction! and Opinion and Journalism: For Teen Writers with Attitude. 

One student will be selected for a Teen Writer Luminari Award, which includes a full scholarship to attend a Teen Writer! camp in 2015, valued at $395.00

Students who want to submit entries for the Teen Writer/Luminari Award can write a 500 - 700 word essay on the importance of contributing diverse opinions and ideas to the public through creative and journalistic writing.  They should also state how they, personally, want their writing to broaden the minds of readers.

Students can submit their essays by email to Luminari.inspire@gmail.com and in the subject line, write "TEEN WRITER LUMINARI AWARD ENTRY"

INCLUDE your name, ​your parent or guardian's name, ​and contact information at the head of your essay.

Download the Teen Writer - Luminari Award Scholarship Application

Essays will be read and judged, and one winner will be selected, by a panel of writers and academics. The deadline for our Teen Writer! Luminari Award scholarship competition has been extended! Entries will be received through midnight June 20, 2015. The winner will be anounced by June 26, 2015.

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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