Your Story - Your Time to Tell It

Project Boom Site-A Summer of Creative Writing Opportunities

Thanks to a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, The Shire is offering a summer writing program geared around our new youth literary journal, The Boom Site. Publish a writer's manual, learn from nationally recognized authors during our summer writing intensive, and have your work seen and heard in print and on the radio. Participate in one or all of the opportunities!

Creative Writing Intensive with amazing authors!

Summer Intensive: Creative Writing Sampler

Week 1: July 31- August 4; Week 2: August 7 - 11: Both weeks from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Join experienced writing instructors and published young adult authors like Jacqueline West, Anne Greenwood Brown and Jane Fredericksen as they explore writing fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama with students. Illustrations, graphic novels and comics will also be featured. Week I will consider fiction (novel and short-story including historical, sci-fi/fantasy and adventure) and non-fiction (biography, memoir, and topical). Week 2 will provide an overview of drama (plays, screenplays and audio scripts) and poetry (spoken word, rap/lyrics, classical forms). Students can take one week or both. For those interested in publication (although it is not a requirement), student work will be considered for submission in The Boom Site. If desired, students will also have the opportunity to read their work on Voices in the Valley, a radio show broadcast every Saturday morning on KLBB and podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and GooglePlay Music.


Intensive staff includes writing experts from local schools, professional editors and published young adult authors. (Register by June 12th: $125 for one week, $220 for two weeks. After June 12th: $150 for one week; $250 for two weeks. Tuition includes snack, but not lunch.)


Programming will take place at St. Croix Preparatory Academy, 4620 Stagecoach Trail N, Stillwater, MN.

Become a published author! Find out more Monday, June 12, 5:00 to 6:00 PM

Ever want to write a non-fiction book? There’s no time like this summer! During the months of June and July, join Shire programming director and creative writing specialist Ellen Eigner to write and publish an original writer’s manual that asks: What’s my story? How am I going to tell it? Explore the fundamentals of good storytelling as it applies to novels, screenwriting, podcasts, short stories, graphic novels, non-fiction, poetry and plays. Then, share what you’ve learned! Students will collaborate to create a book on writing geared towards a teenage audience that will be published both as an e-book and in hard copy and sold on Amazon and at Valley Bookseller. Contact steph@theshireonline.com for more details. ($50 snack and registration fee)


Organizational Meeting with Ellen Eigner will take place on Monday, June 12 from 5:00 to 6:00 at ArtReach St. Croix, 224 N. Fourth Street, Stillwater.

Subscribe to The Boom Site!

The Boom Site is the St. Croix Valley's first youth led literary publication, and is published three 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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Write the script? Act a role? Create FX? Compose music? Join us!

We only have a couple of spots left! Register today!


We cap HUSH, Jr in order to support the best experience, nurture student creativity and build a sense of team. We hope rising 6th - 8th graders will join us to create an original story that will be performed and recorded live at the Phipps, aired on the radio and uploaded as part of #HUSHpodcast.


Eight episodes into its sci-fi series, the HUSH team is ready to expand to form a junior level especially for middle school students. Do you like to write? Act? 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.


The first episode of the new HUSH-Jr series will be performed live at the Phipps on July 27, aired on Voices in the Valley on KLBB radio, and then uploaded as a part of the HUSH podcast series on iTunes, Stitcher and GooglePlay Music. All students entering grades six through eight in the fall are welcome, but once the team is full, it will become a closed group, so be sure to sign up now.


We've got a great team of adult professionals to support the project including: Writing Mentor Stephani Atkins (Executive producer Voices in the Valley, Hush), Production Manager Alan Frechtman (Prairie Home Companion veteran), Director Calyssa Hall (Artistic Director of the Zephyr Theatre), Acting Coach Randal Berger (Professional Actor), Producer Jenna Yaron (Producer at KLBB Radio).


The $175 tuition covers all activities related to the podcast during the months of May, June, July and August of 2017.


Find out more on Wednesday, May 24 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM

The Shire's Classroom space in the Zephyr Studio

421 South Main Street (The Brick Alley Building)


Contact steph@theshireonline.com for more details.


This project received funding from the St. Croix Valley Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

The Shire: A cultural project of StoryArk

As the umbrella organization for The Shire, Voices in the Valley and #HUSHpodcast, StoryArk nurtures storytelling in all of its diversity across the generations and through multiple media. By sharing our stories, we impact our selves, our community, our culture, our country and even our world.


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