Thursday, April 20, 2017

Summer Creative Writing Opportunity for Teens

Dear Educator:

Do you know a middle or high school writer looking for a summer opportunity in creative writing? If so, I’d like to share with you two workshops we are offering at St. Louis Writers Workshop this summer, one for middle school writers and the other for those on the high school level (workshop descriptions and instructor bios are below). The St. Louis Writers Workshop is a private creative writing school that offers high-quality, affordable workshops in fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry to adults and teens. All of our instructors are published writers themselves and seek to create workshop environments that are both encouraging and informative. If you’d like to know more about us and all of our offerings, please find us at or contact me at or 314-578-4434.


Angela Mitchell
Director, STLWW

Summer 2017 Teen Workshops:

Fiction Writing for High School Students

5-weeks; Wednesdays, June 28-July 266:30PM-7:30PM
Town & Country (specific location provided upon registration)
Tuition: $157.00

This workshop, focused on the teen writer (rising 9th-12th grades), will help students expand on their fiction writing skills by polishing already completed story drafts and beginning new ones via creative writing prompts. Myrta Vida, instructor, will lead discussions and help students master the art of peer review, giving specific, appropriate, and compassionate feedback to their fellow writers. Students will be invited to participate in an end-of-summer reading of their own creative work. This 5-week workshop is limited to 8 participants.

Creative Writing for Middle Schoolers
4-weeks; Tuesday, June 27July 11, 18, 25; 6PM-8PM
Town & Country (specific location provided upon registration)
Tuition: $127.00

This workshop for middle school students (rising 6th through 8th grades) will teach enthusiastic young writers how to identify the key elements of exceptional prose and how to develop those elements in their own writing. With each week focusing on a different core feature of fiction, this course will use selected readings to explore what it means to “read like a writer” and guide students through fun in-class writing activities designed to put what they’re learning into practice. A supportive workshop environment will empower students to revise their own writing as they gain valuable experience providing and accepting constructive feedback from their peers.  Students should be prepared with an original work of fiction (no more than 15 pages) that they wish to workshop during the course. Participants will be invited to present their work at a public reading at the end of the session. Taught by Emily Grise, this 4-week workshop is limited to 8 participants.

Instructor Bios:

Myrta Vida was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and is a student at UMSL’s Master of Fine Arts program for Creative Writing, Prose. Ms. Vida has been published in several literary journals, most recently in Coraz√≥n Land Review, and is the recipient of multiple writing awards and scholarships. Ms. Vida is a U.S. Army Veteran who worked as an award-winning, multi-discipline analyst, report writer, translator, and project manager for DoD for 12 years. With over a decade of experience as a teacher and tutor, Ms. Vida is passionate about and dedicated to connecting high school students with their inner Shakespeare, Dickinson, Baldwin, or Rowling.    

Emily Grise is a poet, editor, and Kentucky native living in St. Louis. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she taught writing, and a BA in English from Transylvania University. Her poetry has appeared in New Delta ReviewArchitraveThe Los Angeles ReviewPostcard PressLimestone, and other publications, and her poetry reviews have been featured in DIALOGIST and WomenArts Quarterly Journal. In 2012, she was nominated for Meridian‘s Best New Poets anthology, and her poem “Nerves” was named a finalist for Yemassee‘s Pocataligo Poetry Prize. Emily has served on the editorial board of a variety of literary journals over the past decade, including Natural BridgeDIALOGIST, and WomenArts Quarterly, where she is currently associate poetry editor. She is Associate Publicist for the independent poetry publisher Copper Canyon Press.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Optional Writing Contest

The St. Louis County Library is holding a writing contest for kids and teens ages 8-18.  The contest flyer and rules are attached.  The official contest rules can also be found online at  

Monday, February 1, 2016

Reading Rams Book Blog

Check out the Reading Rams book blog to get book recommendations from your very own LMS students and teachers!

Monday, September 7, 2015

If you  need extra copies of an assignment, check google classroom first. If you can't find what you need there, check Infinite Campus. Everything I have electronically will be uploaded to one of these two places. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Welcome to 8th Grade Communication Arts for the Pioneer team! It is going to be an excellent year! Check back often for news and updates! 

Here's a little bit about me! One of my favorite hobbies is reading. A few of my favorite books I'veThe Hunger Games series, The Great Gatsby, and The Time Traveler’s Wife, just to name a few…there are many, many more! I’m always looking for new books to add to my reading list and classroom library, so please share any suggestions you might have! If you're ever curious what I'm currently reading, take a peek at the "Currently Reading" column on my homepage.

I have two dogs: Muffin, a shih-tzu poodle mix, and Dutchess, a pit bull. I enjoy taking my dogs for walks and spoiling them. This summer I spent my free time taking a class for my Masters degree, volunteering, sight-seeing in New York City, tubing at Table Rock Lake, and attending professional development conferences in the area. That’s me; now I can’t wait to get to know each of you!

Ms. Rachel Renna
8th Grade Communication Arts
Pioneer Team