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Short Story Workshop for Teen Writers with Alethea Kontis

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Refund Policy

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event

Event description


This writing workshop for young adults aged 13 to 19 will give students the opportunity for in-depth critiques on short fiction from YA, middle grade, and picture book author Alethea Kontis. Participants will learn how to critique and how to incorporate feedback from critiques for revision in a respectful and serious environment that prioritizes craft, community, and commitment to writing.

The workshop begins June 10 and goes through July 8, 2018.

In addition to giving and receiving critique, writers will take part in discussions about publishing, character development, structure, narrative voice, and other elements of short fiction.

Students may workshop original fiction or fanfiction from any genre: fantasy, science fiction, horror, romance, mystery, or literary.

Critique Sessions and Live Q&A will take place on Sunday June 17, 24 and July 1 and 8. Times will be determined by student availability survey. There is no live session on June 10. If you cannot make all of the live sessions you can still participate in this class. Writers must be present for their own critique and scheduling for the live sessions will take your availability into account. All peer critiques are due on Sundays.

The length of each class will depend on how many students attend the workshop. (Usually around 2-3 hours.) We will send around a survey before class begins to find the best time slot for everyone.

This class is for any person aged 13 to 19 who has an interest in writing fiction and has at least one complete story to workshop. Stories should be 500 to 8,000 words. It doesn't have to be polished (that's what we're here to help you do!) but it must have a beginning, middle, and end. All stories must be ready to turn in by June 9.


There is finaicial aid available for students who cannot afford the class. We will award up to six scholarships for this class. There are three types available. The Teens of Color Scholarship is for writers who identify as a Person of Color, Native, or non-white person. The Black Teen Scholarship is for writers who identify as Black (not just Black American). The All Teen Scholarship is open to any teen writer regardless of identity category. All scholarships cover the full amount of the class.

Here's how to apply for a scholarship:

Deadline for submissions is midnight Pacific on May 27th. We will pick recipients by June 1st.

Technical Requiements

Live Critique and Q&A sessions will take place over Zoom Video Conference software, which is free to download. To participate, students must have a microphone. A webcam is helpful, but not necessary. We will email you a link to "join the meeting" before class starts.

Students must have or have access to a Google account/Gmail. Stories will be uploaded to a private Google Drive folder for critique. Discussion will take place on a private Google Groups mailing list.

Any questions about the class? Please contact me via Eventbrite!

Code of Conduct

Our workshop will be a place where teens can learn writing craft and also find connection, support, and advice. My job is to ensure that everyone feels safe and comfortable expressing their creativity. All students must read and agree to the class Code of Conduct once enrolled.

We expect all participants to treat each other with compassion and respect. Critiquing and getting feedback is hard for many writers. Sharing our opinions, thoughts, revelations, even personal bits about ourselves in discussions can also be scary for some. I want this to be a place where you feel you can fail and learn to do better with no judgment attached.

I am dedicated to working toward a harassment and bullying-free class experience, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, origin, or religion. I will not tolerate harassment or bullying in any form.

If a student engages in harassment or inappropriate behavior toward students, instructors, or administrators, the student may be removed from class without offer of a refund.

Refund Policy

If you drop the class by May 10 you will recieve a full refund

If you drop the class by May 17 you will receieve an 80% refund and a discount on future workshops.

If you drop the class by May 27 you will receieve a 50% refund and a discount on future workshops.

If you drop the class by June 1 you will receieve a 25% refund and a discount on future workshops.

Unfortunately, if you drop after June 1st we cannot offer a refund as it may be difficult to find a student to fill your spot. We will work with you to find a place in future workshops.

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event

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