Classes are currently underway, but we onboard students throughout the season. Outdoors, offline and (mostly) in person in Orinda, elementary and middle grade workshops are for kids who love to write, and also for the kids who want to, but just don't know where to start. They're a creative time out—a safe space to hone writing and public speaking skills while connecting with other kids, in an environment designed to be warm, supportive and nurturing. Over time, many classes evolve to operate like a writer's room on a television show, where young writers encourage and collaborate with one another to make their stories the best they can be, while having a ton of fun in the process.
Elementary School Girls*
3rd- 5th Graders
January 25-May 20
No class April 4
3rd- 5th Graders
January 22-May 17
No Class Feb 19, March 8, April 1
Jan 26-May 21
No class Feb 16th & April 5
*Boys with permission of instructor. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Open to middle schoolers in Orinda only. Entries must be a story (fiction or non-fiction), poem, or other creative writing form; presented in English, and written specifically for the contest and without teacher or parent involvement. Length must be 750 words or less. Submissions will be evaluated on content, clarity, structure, and originality. This year's theme is Roots, though there's plenty of flexibility. Deadine is February 19th 2023, visit Orinda Juniors for details.
Young Writers Competition
Open to middle school residents of Contra Costa County, The contest has been held every year since 1995, starting with two categories and reaching just one school district. It has grown to encompass all of Contra Costa County and now provides four categories: Poetry, Short Story, Personal Narrative, and Humor.
Deadline os March 23rd, 2023 Visit the California Writer's Club website for more details.