I am charged up about what God is going to do in the students own lives and through them as they impact the community. I hope to empower them to both explore different writing styles and be able to hone in on whichever style they are most passionate about.
Most of the time we will be using a less traditional style of teaching where students receive a themed prompt and then they get to choose to run with whichever specific writing style they want. I'm excited about this because we will get a variety of topics but also they won't be forced to write in a style they hate for the majority of the time.
Here's an example of what this might look like:
Tommy reaches his hand into a hat and pulls out the topic “Proverbs 17:9 “Disregarding another person's faults preserves love; telling about them separates close friends.” He decides it would be fun to try and do this week's assignment as lyrics to a song, and what do you know, that's allowed!
As long as the theme is evident (through a story, real-life example, through direct quotation, etc.), he can be as creative as he wants. Throughout the season Tommy will have to do a minimum of 2 persuasive papers, 1 reflective paper, 1 informative paper, 1 song lyrics or poem, 1 fiction paper, and 1 script (drama or video) but he has to write a total of 12 assignments—meaning 5 of his assignments are completely up to him to decide on the style. (Actual required assignments subject to change before season starts.)
Tommy will also have to share at least 3 of his works publicly, and he will also have the opportunity to work alongside other tracks (like the video production and drama tracks!) to bring some of his work to life.
I'm telling you, this is going to be amazing—I definitely wish I had been able to be a part of something like this when I was in high school! If you know anyone age 14-18, send them on to www.worshipartscentral.com/message-team to get them plugged in with this awesome experience.