Ross Upper SchoolRoss eighth-graders transformed themselves into playwrights with the help of Stony Brook Southampton’s Young Artists and Writers Project (YAWP). Through this program, they have discovered their own authentic voices and viewpoints while learning the intricacies of producing a play. The students wrote one-act plays for two actors about issues relevant and appropriate to their age group.
Sponsored by the university’s MFA in Writing and Literature Program, YAWP sends professional writers and writing teachers into high schools and middle schools across Long Island with a variety of programs, which conclude with special projects and presentations. Over seven weeks, the teaching artists instructed Ross students on the art of writing a short play, introducing them to the elements of dramatic writing through various exercises that helped them develop ideas, characters, themes,... more