Poetry & Short Story Writing

July 15-19, 2019 | 9 am to 3 pm

Everyone has an innate need to express themselves artistically. If the medium that moves you is the written word, this summer course will be five days well spent. We’ll explore the forms of poetry and the short story to create our own artistic self-expressions.

In the poetry strand, we’ll read poetry, write our own with templates and freestyle, and get ourselves out of the classroom and off campus to discover our muses in inspiring San Francisco locales.

In the short-story strand, we’ll “unpack” a few brilliant short stories—both on the page and in film adaptations—and apply what we observe to develop the narrative arc of our own stories. We'll see that catchy first paragraph to resolution, with special attention to characterization, dialog, and sensory detail. And of course, we’ll be taking excursions out into San Francisco to locations that will feed our creative impulses.

  • $325 by the “Early Bird” deadline of April 22, 2019
  • $375 after April 22, 2019
Ages: Students entering 7th, 8th, and 9th grades in the fall of 2019

Lunch is included! 

Instructor: John Zwolinski 
John Zwolinski, AKA “Mr. Z”, is a career educator who has traveled and lived throughout the world, and who has taught in Micronesia, Korea, all over the US, and, most recently, at AP Giannini in San Francisco, where he teaches history and Social Science. He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and UC Berkley’s Graduate School of Education. He’s enthralled by history of all kinds; loves (loves) to read and write; gets a giddy kick out of teaching and learning with his students; and happily lives in San Francisco’s Ocean Beach Tsunami Inundation Zone with his partner Krista and their 14- and 15-year-old sons.

Located in the

Heart of the city