Program Description:

Storyline is a seven-month, creative writing program offering one-on-one mentoring for students in grade 9-12 who are serious about learning the craft of writing fiction.

The program is open to students who are actively writing and would like to learn more about the elements of fiction including: discovering your story, choosing a narrator, building effective characters, writing compelling dialogue, understanding scene and summary, creating emotion on the page, the importance of revision, avoiding common mistakes, manuscript mechanics, and the process of submitting work.

Storyline is designed to support a student’s individual interests, whether they are writing flash fiction, short stories or long form (novellas, novels), with a goal of writing and revising a completed draft.

Students accepted into the Storyline program are expected to complete the following monthly assignments:

  • 3 -5 pages of creative work
  • A 2–3 page craft essay (an essay that explores a technique of crafting fiction, such as writing effective dialogue or creating a sense of place)
  • Assigned and selected readings
  • Maintain an on-going bibliography

Student work, or “student packets,” are shared via email, prior to a meeting between student and mentor, at a date and time TBD. Monthly meetings will focus on critiquing fiction manuscripts, exploring craft questions and student essays, and discussing assigned and selected reading. These one-on-one sessions are intended to evolve according to the interests and needs of the student in support of their on-going creative work.

How to Apply:

 The Storyline program is merit based and free of charge, and runs October through May, (except December). Applications for 2019-2020 are currently being accepted until September 30th, 2019. Please feel free to email questions to Hollis Shore at, at any time. 

Click here for Storyline application form, contract, and program director bio.