Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Summer Writing Workshop for Teens

April 10, 2018

Dear Educator:

This summer, St. Louis Writers Workshop is offering Fiction Writing for High School Students to rising 9th through 12th graders. The workshop will be structured much as one at the college level would be, with students learning to both give and receive substantive, high quality, and considerate feedback on their original works of fiction. As always, the session will conclude with a public reading at The Book House in Maplewood (which is the best part). Here is the class description and instructor bio:

Fiction Writing for High School Students: 

This five-week fiction workshop is designed for rising ninth- to twelfth-grade students interested in deepening their narrative-writing skills and revising their existing work. Tina Shen, the instructor, will lead craft discussions, provide experimental writing prompts, and guide students to give each other concrete, actionable, and encouraging feedback on their manuscripts. Students will participate in an end-of-summer reading of their stories. This workshop is limited to 8 participants.

Class meets weekly from Thursday June 21 through July 19, 6-8PM (5 weeks)
Location: The Novel Neighbor, Webster Groves
Fee: $180.00

Instructor: Tina Shen earned a BA in gender studies from the University of Chicago and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Missouri—St. Louis. Formerly the managing editor of River Styx literary magazine, she currently teaches writing at Washington University in St. Louis, where she also volunteers as a Residential Life faculty associate.

I have also attached to this email a flyer with the same information as above. If you or one of your students or their parents have questions about our workshop, please, direct them to me at or 314-578-4434. We love our summer writing students and hope to see some of your best writers there!


Angela Mitchell
Director, STLWW
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Welcome to Pioneer ELA!

Welcome to 8th Grade ELA 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. My favorite books I've read this year are The Dry by Jane Harper (for adults), a gory but fantastic mystery, and Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (for teens), a dramatic story about teen romance with a huge twist. I’m always looking for new books to add to my reading list and classroom library, so please share any suggestions you might have!

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 began working on my second Masters degree - a MA in Reading at Webster University. I also spent time volunteering, traveling to New York City for professional development, and spending time with my fiancé, planning our upcoming wedding.

That’s me; now I can’t wait to get to know each of you!

Ms. Rachel Renna
8th Grade English Language Arts
Pioneer Team

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.