Midsummer Night’s Writing ONLINE


ACT 1: 

Have an idea you’ve always wanted to turn into a story? Ever wanted to capture that “interesting” person (from family or the grocery store) in more detail? Is there a place you love but can’t get to this summer? Writing is a great escape, and you can visit fictional or real worlds of your own choosing. You don’t have to follow the narratives of Netflix or NBC. So, after the kids have been fed, sent to bed, or are ensconced in video gaming, indulge in the magic of creating elements of your own story.

This course focuses on the building blocks of all storytelling: theme, conflict, character, setting. Students will use weekly writing workshops to “play” with these building blocks, creating characters and settings which may—or may not—end up merging into one piece of writing. Students may opt to “sketch” individual studies of character or place or conflict…or they can plan to connect them. Either way, ideas will be converted into writing, fleshed out, developed deeper, and captured as snapshots. So, be prepared to pat yourself (and your classmates) on the back for getting started, being productive, and becoming a better writer!


Ages:  18+
Dates:  Mondays, July 6 – 27 (4 weeks)
Times:  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuition:  $115
Location:  Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)


Course Schedule

Week 1
All the World’s a Stage: Focusing on a Topic / Theme
Week 2
Casting for Characters: Protagonists, Antagonists and Supporting Roles
Week 3
Building a Set(ting): Place and Time
Week 4
Pulling it all Together: Pitching a Writing Concept




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Instructor: Anne Pennewell Sharp
Writer, Editor, and Educator
Read about Ms. Sharp

Anne Pennewell Sharp was raised on Chincoteague Island and is a 1982 graduate of The College of William and Mary. While in college, she was a reporter for The Flat Hat and The Richmond Times-Dispatch, and played clarinet in the band, where she met Barry Sharp. They have marched together ever since and are proud parents of Katie Sharp.

A writer, editor, and educator, Ms. Sharp has taught English and journalism in the Virginia Beach and Fairfax County Public School Systems. She currently teaches writing and literature courses at Compass Homeschool in Oakton and at Ideaventions Academy for Mathematics and Science in Reston, VA.

Journalistic writing has always been a passion for Ms. Sharp, and she and Barry worked with The Charles Center at William and Mary to establish a nonfiction seminar that partners students with working journalists. The Sharp Seminar, in collaboration with The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, provides writing-centric undergraduate research opportunities that culminate in published articles about local, national, and global issues.

Ms. Sharp has served on the boards of the William and Mary Foundation, George Mason University’s Friends of Music, Mason Community Arts Academy, and Fairfax City AAUW. She is a member of the Society of 1918, Alpha Delta Kappa, and P.E.O. International.






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