BY MAYOR O’NEILL
Zia Credit Union is collaborating with the Fuller Lodge Art Center by sponsoring a free creative writing workshop for teens June 20-24 called “Story Anatomy.”
The workshop will be led by Cat Ozment who has taught creative writing at the Art Center since 2017, including the basics of fiction, principles of story structure, compelling characters, critical reading for creative writers and a variety of NaNoWriMo preparatory courses, and more.
Ozment’s undergraduate degree was in Creative Writing and his Ph.D. is in contemporary literature. Before moving to Los Alamos, she spent more than a decade teaching students to write, read, and think critically and collaboratively about the world around them.
“Teaching language arts is my great passion, and returning to both my creative writing roots and teaching was essential to finding my footing after moving to Los Alamos in 2015,” he said. she stated. “I currently teach English as a Second Language at UNM-LA through a publicly funded program that is part of the phenomenal Adult Learning Center,” Ozment said.
“Story Anatomy” will teach Summer Art Camp for the first time for Ozment, which is also a freelance publisher.
“I couldn’t be more excited to bring my expertise and enthusiasm to such a wonderful program by offering four courses this year. “Story Anatomy,” which is generously sponsored by Zia Credit Union, adapted from an adult creative writing class I taught in early 2020,” she said.
Ozment said there is a long tradition of established authors playing with the stories, forms and conventions of fairy tales through narratives.
“For good reason: fairy tales grab us with the basic elements of compelling storytelling. Students in this class will use analytical skills, creative skills, and their experience of everyday storytelling to discover the basic structure of story, create their own retelling of a specific fairy tale and give it their own unique perspective,” she said, adding that the course is designed for both beginners and advanced writers.
Other Ozment classes offered during Art Camp are “Find Your Voice” in June and “Writer Superpowers: Observation” in July for middle schoolers, and “Exquisite Corpse” in July for teens.
“An investment in our community is the best investment one can make, and there is no better investment than in the future of young professionals,” said the President and CEO of Zia Credit. Union, Dwayne Herrera. “This workshop fosters creativity and writing skills – preparing young adults to succeed in college and their future careers. We are incredibly proud to offer our support.
Herrera said Zia believes in impacting the lives of its members, employees and community in a positive way by providing financial advice, education and tools to people in Los Alamos Counties. , Rio Arriba, Taos, Pojoaque and Santa Fe., they have had a significant impact on the quality of life within the communities where their members live, work or worship.
“Just as Zia helps people change the narrative or financially write their life story, we hope investing in this workshop will inspire these young adults to strive for the best versions of themselves now. and in the future,” he said.
Attendees can register by visiting the Fuller Lodge Art Center’s Eventbrite page.