Upcoming classes


Manuscript Workshop: Writing For Children

November 2nd through December 21st (**this class is asynchronous)

This supportive and enthusiastic ongoing writers’ workshop strives to find the heart of every story and assist the writer in every stage of revision. Instructor Denise Santomauro welcomes all writers who are working on stories for children and teens. This advanced course will not offer weekly lectures but will focus entirely on the participants’ own work in progress. Topics for discussion and optional writing prompts are generated from student manuscripts and are unlimited.

Participants should expect to submit material for consideration once a week, offer encouraging and constructive comments on others’ work, and be prepared for critical appraisals of their own. An introductory Zoom meeting will take place on the first day at 7pm CT and each student will get the option of a one-on-one meeting with the instructor. Chapter books through YA.

Students should have completed an introductory class in writing for children or have a working knowledge of and experience in shaping a story from idea though completion. (And as a note, this is an adult class in writing for children, not a course for children writers.)

Sign up for Manuscript Workshop here

YOUTH CLASS: Becoming a NaNoWriMo Wizard

Saturday, November 5th at 10am CT

Celebrate the start of National Novel Writing Month with us! This fun and engaging class will help young writers brainstorm story ideas with a special focus on Character, World-Building, and Plot. Participants will engage in hands-on writing exercises to find or advance a story, as well as explore possible beginnings and endings. So bring a story you’ve already begun or start a new one with us.

Open to youth students in grades 5-8.

Sign up for Becoming a NaNoWriMo Wizard here

teaching artistry

As an arts education youth teaching artist, I specialize in: 

  • arts integration (with a specific focus on literature curriculum)

  • arts education

  • aesthetic education

  • social and emotional learning

  • Common Core Standards

  • partner teaching

  • program development

  • arts outreach and access

Interested in working with me to create a curriculum or consult on an arts-based program? Contact me for more details