If You <3 Creative Writing...

Boom Site Intensive delves into storytelling

Join best selling YA authors and esteemed literary professionals at StoryArk's new creative space on Main Street in Stillwater as we ponder the fundamentals of storytelling. Learn to write "really good dialogue" by eavesdropping in coffee shops, consider conflict as you "battle" the South Hill stairs, and discover how to make your setting sing while peering through the bars of the old prison caves. Novel? Short story? Screenplay? Podcast? Graphic novel? Poetry? Song lyrics? All require the basics of storytelling - something students in grades 6 through 12 will explore as they write the stories most meaningful to them.

Summer Intensive: Creative Writing Sampler

Week 1 (June 17-21): Fiction and Non-fiction

Week 2 (June 24-28): Poetry, Podcasts, Drama and Screenplays

Both weeks from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm at StoryArk, 402 N Main Street, Stillwater


In an active learning environment described above, explore the four major genres of literature - fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry - and build the skills and knowledge necessary to write and edit creative works. Week 1 will consider fiction, graphic novel writing and non-fiction. Week 2 will provide an overview of drama, screenplays, podcasts and poetry. Classes will be taught by published authors including popular young adult writer, Anne Greenwood Brown and New York Times Best Selling author Jacqueline West; historical fiction writers, Gary Bush and Diane Dettman: graphic novelist Ted Anderson; drama and screenwriter Jane Fredericksen. Dynamic language arts teachers and local literary professionals supplement the learning. Students can attend one week or both.


Tuition $175 for one week, $250 for two weeks.

Scholarships are available, and no one is turned away for financial reasons.

Authors, screenwriters, poets, filmmakers, creative professionals lead the learning

Want to be published? Be on a podcast?

For those interested in publication (although it is not a requirement), student work will be considered for submission in The Boom Site Literary Magazine. If desired, students will also have the opportunity to read their work on The StoryArk Network podcast and mobile phone app upload on iTunes, Stitcher and GooglePlay Music.

Check out Past Issues of the Boom Site Literary Magazine

The Boom Site is now available digitally and in print!!! Click HERE to see and subscribe today to receive your copy of the St. Croix Valley's first youth led literary publication. Published two times a year digitally and once a year as a printed anthology, The Boom Site aims to offer a safe space for students to submit their prose, poetry and visual arts creative endeavors to be enjoyed by fellow peers and community members.

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We empower student voices and equip young artists to succeed

StoryArk provides a variety of creative programming for youth, allowing them to tell their story through their chosen medium - whether that be a novel, poetry, film, song, podcast or anything else they can dream up. Student initiated and student led, each project is imagined, designed, and developed by youth. Professional authors, screenwriters, filmmakers, musicians, producers, directors and actors share their expertise and experience, helping students gain new skills in their craft and empowering them to become their best creative selves.


StoryArk is a 501c(3) tax exempt organization that seeks to serve the greater good.

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The Boom Site Creative Writing Intensive is a cultural project of the 501(c) 3 StoryArk