Middle School Girls*

Poetic Playlist

In this program, girls will explore the lyrics of celebrated female songwriters who have used their voices and their words as a means to challenge, inspire and comfort us. We will touch on story and song structure through a diverse catalogue of artists. As writers, we will be seeking the music of our lives, channeling our inner poetess and lyricist. Each writer will curate their own compilation of work influenced by music from the course collection and their own life’s playlist.

As with all our programs, we use the Amherst Writing Method, a methodology rooted in the belief that everyone is a writer, that all feedback be positive, and that our writing voice will continually grow clearer and stronger, the more it is validated and encouraged.

Pencil Bunch

Creative Escape & Connection

Expressive writing program for 6th - 8th grade girls*

Middle school brings unique challenges, and this program is designed to meet the needs of young writers during this formative time. TIWP creates a supportive environment for students to escape into the creative writing process, where they can be playful and find joy in the stories and worlds they create. We also provide a safe space for students to develop Emotional and Social Intelligence (ESI) through the writing process. Teachers encourage and model authenticity, peer support, and self confidence. Each session involves an inspirational reading, a writing prompt, and time to share and receive feedback.

 

As with all our programs, we use the Amherst Writing Method, a methodology rooted in the belief that everyone is a writer, all feedback is focused on the strengths of the writer, and our unique writing voice will continually grow clearer and stronger, the more it is expressed and encouraged.

Instructors, depending on class time:  Melissa Quiter or Gretchen Cion

  • Class size is 4-6. Each class is an hour and half at $70/class. Enrollment occurs quarterly (our schedule is based on the Acalanes District academic calendar) but tuition is pro-rated depending on the day you register. If your child doesn’t absolutely love their first class, we will provide a full refund. We want your child to choose writing purely for the joy of it!

  • *Girls includes all gender-expansive youth.

  • Private and homeschooling classes available upon request.

    For questions or to talk in more depth, contact our
    Director of Programs, Melissa Quiter.

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Crayons

Writers United + Summer Camps
Creative writing program for 5th - 7th grade girls*

This class is for the kids with ink-stained fingers, the ones who are frantically typing, even though it’s long past time to go to bed. It’s for the kids who have to be reminded to look up from their books as they walk out of the library, the ones who dress as fictional characters for Halloween. 

 

We'll use mentor texts as a way in to character, plot, world-building and a wide variety of genres. The class is designed to build confidence and community among bibliophiles, bolstering storytelling chops while blurring the lines between writing and play. We’ll use traditional prompts as well as video, photography and illustration to spark writing, and play games to strengthen the writers' voices and build community. 

 

As with all our programs, we use the Amherst Writing Method, a methodology rooted in the belief that everyone is a writer, all feedback is focused on the strengths of the writer, and our unique writing voice will continually grow clearer and stronger, the more it is expressed and encouraged.

Instructor:  Melissa Quiter or Elizabeth Perlman

  • Class size is 4-6. Each class is an hour and half at $70/class. Enrollment occurs quarterly (our schedule is based on the Acalanes District academic calendar) but tuition is pro-rated depending on the day you register. If your child doesn’t absolutely love their first class, we will provide a full refund. We want your child to choose writing purely for the joy of it!

  • *Girls includes all gender-expansive youth.

  • Private and homeschooling classes available upon request.

    For questions or to talk in more depth, contact our Director of Programs, Melissa Quiter.

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SPRING QUARTER

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Levitating Books

Poetic Playlist
The Poetry and Insights of Female Songwriters for 7-9th grade girls

In this program, girls will explore the lyrics of celebrated female songwriters who have used their voices and their words as a means to challenge, inspire and comfort us. We will touch on story and song structure through a diverse catalogue of artists. As writers, we will be seeking the music of our lives, channeling our inner poetess and lyricist. Each writer will curate their own compilation of work influenced by music from the course collection and their own life’s playlist.

As with all our programs, we use the Amherst Writing Method, a methodology rooted in the belief that everyone is a writer, all feedback is focused on the strengths of the writer, and our unique writing voice will continually grow clearer and stronger, the more it is expressed and encouraged.
 

Instructor: Gretchen Cion

  • Class size at 4-6. Each class is two hours at $90/class. Enrollment occurs quarterly (we base our schedule on the Acalanes District academic calendar) but tuition is pro-rated depending on the day you register. If your child doesn’t absolutely love their first class, we will provide a full refund. We want your child to choose this class because purely for the joy of it!

  • *Girls includes all gender-expansive youth.

  • Private and homeschooling classes available upon request.

    For questions or to talk in more depth, contact our Director of Programs, Melissa Quiter.

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Pencils

Dystopian Summer Camp
Exploring the world of fiction for 6th-8th graders, all genders

Are you interested in world-building futuristic realities and creating characters that are up against the odds? Are you looking for a way to process life in the pandemic? Welcome to Dystopia!, a class where we will explore the fundamentals of dystopian writing from character archetypes and power dynamics to systemic obstacles in our imagined societies. Writers will craft intricate plotlines that have both clarity and dimension, finding inspiration in current events and societal issues. We will learn craft moves like pacing and external character detailing from revered dystopian authors like Octavia Butler, Margaret Atwood and George Orwell.

 

As with all our programs, we use the Amherst Writing Method, a methodology rooted in the belief that everyone is a writer, all feedback is focused on the strengths of the writer, and our unique writing voice will continually grow clearer and stronger, the more it is expressed and encouraged.

Instructor: Gretchen Cion

  • Class size at 4-6. If your child doesn’t absolutely love their first class, we will provide a full refund. We want your child to choose this camp because purely for the joy of it.

    For questions or to talk in more depth, contact our Director of Programs, Melissa Quiter.

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Film Clapboard

Filmmaking: Digital Shorts Camp
Short format filmmaking for 6th-8th graders, all genders

Are you interested in making movies? This program is for aspiring filmmakers who are ready to structure, storyboard, shoot and share their very own digital short. We'll talk about ideation and filming tactics, scriptwriting and editing a piece, working toward a three-minute short film. Most importantly, we'll play with the form. Students will need to have access to a phone or other digital device for filming and a computer for editing their work. Pieces will be polished and ready for submission to film festivals at the week's end!

 

As with all our programs, we use the Amherst Writing Method, a methodology rooted in the belief that everyone is a writer, all feedback is focused on the strengths of the writer, and our unique writing voice will continually grow clearer and stronger, the more it is expressed and encouraged.

Instructor: Gretchen Cion

  • Class size at 4-6. Each class is an hour and half at $70/class. If your child doesn’t absolutely love their first class, we will provide a full refund. We want your child to choose this camp because purely for the joy of it!

    For questions or to talk in more depth, contact our Director of Programs, Melissa Quiter.

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SPRING QUARTER

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SUMMER QUARTER

Books

Create Your Own Class or Camp
Creative writing program for 5th - 7th grade girls*

Is your child an aspiring playwright or an intrepid journalist? Is she obsessed with Harry Potter, Keeper of the Lost Cities, or a particular book series? Does she love hiking and poetry, graphic novels and sports. The teachers of The Intuitive Writing Project are excited to create tailor-made classes for small groups of kids. Gather a group of friends together with similar interests and we will match you with the perfect teacher.

As with all our programs, we use the Amherst Writing Method, a methodology rooted in the belief that everyone is a writer, all feedback is focused on the strengths of the writer, and our unique writing voice will continually grow clearer and stronger, the more it is expressed and encouraged.

Instructors:  Gretchen Cion, Melissa Quiter or Elizabeth Perlman

  • *Girls includes all gender-expansive youth.

  • Day and time determined by students.

  • Class size is 4-6. Each class is an hour and half at $70/class. Enrollment occurs quarterly (our schedule is based on the Acalanes District academic calendar) but tuition is pro-rated depending on the day you register. If your child doesn’t absolutely love their first class, we will provide a full refund. We want your child to choose writing purely for the joy of it!

  • Private and homeschooling classes available upon request.

 

For questions or to talk in more depth, contact our Director of Programs, Melissa Quiter.

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Book Shelf

Creative Space for Busy Teens
Creative writing program for 8th - 10th grade girls*

Does your teenager love to write with The Intuitive Writing Project, but feels overwhelmed with school and sports? TIWP is offering a new program to ensure that these amazing kids keep connected with their creative side, find balance in their lives and continue to feel the energizing benefits of group-based creative writing. The students will determine the day and time of the weekly class, which will meet for 75 minutes over Zoom.

As with all our programs, we use the Amherst Writing Method, a methodology rooted in the belief that everyone is a writer, all feedback is focused on the strengths of the writer, and our unique writing voice will continually grow clearer and stronger, the more it is expressed and encouraged.

Instructors:  Gretchen Cion, Melissa Quiter or Elizabeth Perlman

  • *Girls includes all gender-expansive youth.

  • Day and time determined by students.

  • Class size is 4-6. Each class is an hour and fifteen minutes at $60/class. Enrollment occurs quarterly (our schedule is based on the Acalanes District academic calendar) but tuition is pro-rated depending on the day you register. If your child doesn’t absolutely love their first class, we will provide a full refund. We want your child to choose writing purely for the joy of it!

  • Private and homeschooling classes available upon request.

 

For questions or to talk in more depth, contact our Director of Programs, Melissa Quiter.

REGISTER FOR
SPRING QUARTER

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SUMMER QUARTER

To learn more, check out our list of 7 Frequently Asked Questions, our Note for Parents, What Teens & Parents Say, our Our Commitment to Young Writers and of course our online blog, The Intuitive Voice, where all our writers get the chance to become published authors. To schedule a more in-depth conversation about how we can best support your child's unique interests (and what class we'd recommend, if you're just getting started), contact elizabeth@intuitivewritingproject.org.