Grades 6-8 Youth Writing Workshop: 3 Hours, 1 Story

INSTRUCTOR: Alison Preston
May 12 ~ 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $28
Location: The Purple Cup Cafe

Middle school is when most kids start to find their voices, often through writing and storytelling, and it's important they learn the necessary steps to crafting a compelling story. 

In this three-hour workshop, we'll use unconventional materials—like puzzles, envelopes, and maps—to write a story in one class session. You'll learn about and practice the essential elements of a good story—strong characters, beginnings, endings, sense of place, strong images, to name a few. Then we'll use these parts to create a whole. You'll leave class with a completed short story, plus you'll get a list of publications where you can submit your piece once it's finished.

Do you have a 6th to 8th grader who would love to explore and expand their love of writing? Sign them up for this fun and interactive 3-hour workshop!

Students are to bring a notebook and something to write with.


  • Parents are welcome to hang out in the cafe while their child is participating in the workshop. There will be a 15-minute break halfway through the workshop.
  • No outside food or beverage is permitted in the The Purple Cup Cafe, but these items may be purchased in the cafe before the workshop or during the short intermission. 

For all questions, please contact Alison Preston: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Alison PrestonALISON PRESTON is a writer and writing teacher. She holds a BFA in writing & literature from Emerson College, and an MA in secondary English education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has written a collection of stories based in northern Colorado, one of which was recently published, with the broader collection still looking for a home. Over the past few months, she finally mustered the courage to start her first novel, and is hard at work on that project. She teaches creative writing in Denver-area schools for Lighthouse Writers Workshop's Young Writers Program, but she lives in Fort Collins and is thrilled to be teaching youth classes for Northern Colorado Writers for the first time.


Event Properties

Event date 05-12-2018 10:00 am
Event End Date 05-12-2018 1:00 pm
Capacity 15
Individual Price $28.00
The Purple Cup Cafe
1119 W Drake Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80526, USA
The Purple Cup Cafe
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