Fiction, Poetry

  • Term: Fall 2022
  • Start Date: October 23, 2022
  • End Date: October 23, 2022
  • Day of Week: Sunday
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Level: Open to all levels
  • Audience: Youth
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes

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A Workshop of Weird for 7-8th grade

If you'd like to write some stories about strange situations, wacky images, and other oddities, this is the workshop for you. Students will use prompts to jumpstart the weirdness of their imaginations, then share their work (totally optional) and receive positive feedback. Expect to write to at least two prompts and to leave with the beginnings of some strange short stories. All writing levels welcome!

This workshop is for students in 7-8th grade and will take place online using Zoom.

Scholarships are available by application. Questions? Please email

Tina Tocco

Tina Tocco


Tina Tocco is a Pushcart Prize nominee. As a writer for both children and adults, her work has appeared in kiddie magazines, such as Highlights, Cricket, Humpty Dumpty, AppleSeeds, and Odyssey, and in literary journals, including New Ohio Review, River Styx, Sou’wester, Roanoke Review, Potomac Review, Portland Review, and Italian Americana. Her children’s poetry collection, The Hungry Snowman and Other Poems, was released by Kelsay Books in 2019; her grown-up work was selected for The Best Small Fictions 2019 (Sonder Press, 2019), Best Nonfiction Food (Woodhall Press, 2020), and other anthologies. A recipient of multiple awards, Tina was a runner-up for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator’s Work-in-Progress Grant and a finalist in CALYX’s Flash Fiction Contest. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell. Tina has taught for GrubStreet, Hudson Valley Writers Center, Arts Escape, Kids Short Story Connection, and other organizations.