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.

Inspirations: Intersection of Art and Writing
 

Are you enlivened by the creative process, whether crafting a story or creating a sculpture? Do you enjoy imagining backstory as you draw a character from scratch? In Inspirations:   we will explore a variety of artistic media from iconic artists like Niki de Saint Phalle, Hayao Miyazaki, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Frida Kahlo. Our explorations and conversations will then serve as inspiration for our writing.

 

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.


 

Creative Escape & Connection

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

Middle school brings unique challenges, and our middle school program meets the needs of students in the midst of 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 address the challenges they may be facing 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, that all feedback be positive, and that our writing voice will continually grow clearer and stronger, the more it is validated and encouraged.

Instructors, depending on class time:  Melissa Quiter, Gretchen Cion or Anne Marie Feld Lowell

  • 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.

REGISTER FOR
FALL 2021

Poetic Playlist

The Poetry and Insights of Female Songwriters for 6-8th 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, that all feedback be positive, and that our writing voice will continually grow clearer and stronger, the more it is validated 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.

Register for Fall 2021

From Fantasy to Mystery
Exploring the world of fiction for rising 6th-8th graders, all genders

Did you know there are 144 genres and sub-genres in fiction? There are so many ways to tell a story, and in this class, we'll dive into a diverse collection of fiction—everything from fantasy and historical fiction to mythic adventure and sci-fi. Every week we'll experiment with a different sub-genre of storytelling, supporting each writer in crafting distinctly original works—and maybe discover a new favorite genre in the process!

 

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.

Instructor: Gretchen Cion

  • Class size at 4-6. Each class is an hour and half at $70/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!

  • Private and homeschooling classes available upon request.

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

REGISTER FOR
FALL 2021

To learn more, check out our list of 7 Frequently Asked Questions, our Note for Parents, What Teens & Parents Say, our Our Commitment to Girls and of course our online blog, Pens of the Pandemic, where all our writers get the chance to become published authors. (Our next anthology, Pens of the Pandemic, will be printed this summer.) 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.