Writing is part choice, part calling. And while you don’t have to do it particularly well to enjoy it, honing the craft can definitely make it more fun.
Dawn Rice has taught elementary classes, college courses, home school lessons, and writing workshops. So this educator and creative spirit is well-versed in myriad ways to draw creativity out of writers.
Dawn realized her calling after completing the Invitational Summer Writing Institute with the San Marcos Writing Project. Firstly, she started with her classroom students. Her attempts to engage kids with the fun and excitement of being at the helm of a story succeeded beautifully. The kids were overjoyed and empowered. So was Dawn.
Secondly, she added workshops and camps. Write On! hosted its first camps in 2014 and they were an instant hit. Clearly the engaging prompts and focused lessons in a welcoming environment met a need in the community. However, the intimate setting also limited the number of attendees Dawn could welcome.
It was time to go “big time” and move into a retail space. Here’s some foreshadowing: this move coincided with the arrival of a global pandemic.
An Interesting Plot Twist
Write On! Creative Writing Center opened to the public in mid-February. During the week of March 3, they hosted their first workshop. Next comes the conflict in this story — COVID-19. Dawn had to close the doors almost immediately after her downtown Frisco storefront opened.
So, Dawn, like the hero in a story, improvised, innovated and overcame. But rather than wielding a sword or time traveling, she chose technology as her powerful ally. You guessed it.
Write On! went virtual, leading weekly creative writing workshops on Zoom. Additionally, there are two online series: “Writing with the Moon” and “Nature Journaling.” In addition to continuing Zoom workshops and series, Dawn is gearing up for summer camps.
What’s Your Story?
You have a story, or ten, in you. Admit it. Also, you’ve likely toyed with the idea of putting them on paper. It’s in our DNA. Since ancient times, we’ve had a need to share our thoughts, hopes, and dreams. Not only can you have a great time improving your writing in Write On! workshops and summer camps, but Lifestyle Frisco readers can even get discounts. Here’s the lineup:
Zoom Workshops (free with the code WOScribe)
5/26 ~ Tuesday
Getting Started with Journaling 3:30 – 4:30 pm
5/27 ~ Wednesday
Word Art 3:30 – 4:30
Creative Writing Workshop 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
5/28 ~ Thursday
Journaling for Happiness and Stress Release 4:45 – 5:45 pm
Summer Camps (Use codes: LF10 – $10 Off Any Zoom Summer Camp; LF25 – $25 Off Any Summer Camp)
Write On! offers 10 weeks of half day and full day themed and more general Creative Writing Summer Camps as well as quarter day Zoom Camps.
First and foremost, camps are a time to unleash the imagination and discover the writer within. They’re also great for developing literacy skills, building confidence, and encouraging creativity. Camps start the first week of June and go through August 7.
We all have stories to tell and Dawn Rice and her team are ready to help. Here’s hoping you get to tell your stories and that they all end up happily ever after.
Tues – Friday: 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
(Hours are expanded for Summer Camps.)
7027 Hickory St., Suite 200
Frisco, TX 75034