Summer Session 1: Poetica: Learning and Breaking the Rules of Short Story Writing

HS 69 02 S1 : 

1 credit – in person

  • Dates: July 10 – 21
  • Times: 2 – 5 PM
  • Meetings: 10
  • Days: Monday – Friday
  • Instructor: Bruno D. Cervera


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In this class, students will explore a variety of literary theories about the “rules” of good writing. Students will be invited to unpack and critique theories of writing, learn the historical and cultural contexts of these theories, and utilize them to create their own short stories. Students will also write their own “rules of writing” as a means of breaking and creating guidelines that fit their writing goals. The purpose of this class is to help students think more critically about accepted standards and theories of writing as well as empowering students to critique and create meaningful written work.

This is a credit-bearing class and grades will be given. This class is for high school students in grades 9-12. Please check the supply list tab for materials needed to complete this class.

This class must meet minimum enrollment by July 3rdin order to run. Register today! 




  • Each student should have their own preferred tool for writing and note-taking. 
  • A email address – PCA&D uses Google Classroom for online classes. Gmail accounts are free to create.
  • Optional: Laptop/tablet


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