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Summer Programming at StoryArk Begins in May

StoryArk Youth Festival - Have a story? Tell it!

This July, the “StoryArk Youth Festival: What’s Your Story? How Are You Going to Tell It?” will celebrate student creativity by featuring live podcast recordings, short film screenings, poetry slams and prose readings as produced and performed by middle school and high school students from around the St. Croix Valley. Leading up to the festival, StoryArk is offering workshops, classes and intensives in writing, film and podcast to support student creativity. Join us as we nurture the creative spirit!

New this year: Film It! An advanced film camp

StoryArk will collaborate with professional filmmakers and teachers from Cutaway, Stillwater Area High School’s video production company, to offer a three day film camp. For one day a week, three hours a day, over a three week period, advanced high school film students will work with professional mentors from the film industry to create their own short films (narrative or documentary). Week one will highlight preproduction, week two filming, and week three will focus on post-production. Films created will be submitted to the StoryArk Youth Festival short film competition as juried by the professional filmmakers with a $100 prize.

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Create your own collaborative web series!

Work with other students to write the script, act out the role and produce at least one episode of the video podcast series Shush! This opportunity will provide an exciting experience working on a filming set and taking a creative project from start to finish. The webisode will featured at the StoryArk Youth Festival at the end of July.

HUSH Jr: Develop a sci-fi podcast

Having completed two seasons of its sci-fi series #HUSHpodcast, the HUSH team has expanded to form a junior level especially for middle school students. Do you like to write? Act out a character? Compose music? Play instruments? Draw? Sing? Create sound effects? Be a part of dreaming up a new universe of characters and story connected to, but independent of, the Edellen portal. An episode of HUSH Jr will be performed at the StoryArk Youth Festival at the end of July.

HUSH - by invite only, but find out how to become involved!

#HUSHpodcast, otherwise known as HUSH, is a sci-fi series written, performed and produced by students in grades eight through twelve. It takes an eclectic team of creatives to produce the show which is first broadcast on the radio program Voices in the Valley before being uploaded onto iTunes, Google Play Music and Stitcher. (The podcast has been downloaded over 11,000 times since its release in 2017!)

Our goal with HUSH is to provide as professional an experience as possible to students. In addition to developing writing skills, students learn about industry standards and how to work on a creative team. Joining HUSH is by application and audition only. Interested? Let us know! This summer, the team will be performing "The Hitchhiker's Guide to HUSH" at the StoryArk Youth Festival taking place at the end of July.

Note that many students find HUSH Jr - a podcast spin off of HUSH - a good first step. In HUSH Jr, students learn the key elements of writing an audio script, develop dialogue writing skills, and explore all the components of creating a podcast.

What's your story? How will you tell it? The Boom Site Creative Writing Intensive will empower your voice

Novel? Screenplay? Podcast? Graphic novel? Poetry? Song lyrics? Can't decide? Want to do them all? Join us the last two weeks of June for a summer writing intensive that explores all the possibilities with the goal of becoming published. Interested students will also have the opportunity to have their work represented in The BoomSite Literary Magazine and participate in prose readings and poetry slams at the StoryArk Youth Festival. Customized for students in grades six through twelve.

Subscribe to The Boom Site!

The Boom Site Literary Magazine is the St. Croix Valley's first youth led literary publication, and is published two times a year digitally and once a year as a printed anthology. We aim 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.