As one of the Focus Areas at ARGS, Literary Arts strives to educate, inform, and delight readers and audiences in local, regional, and national forums. We teach creative writing as both a craft and as an art. Each year we host a Writers’ Festival that brings in published authors from around the nation. We are four time winners of the Virginia High School League Creative Writing Championship and we publish an award-winning literary magazine (ASGARD) as well. In addition, our student work has earned local, regional, and national awards in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition.
Writing as an art form develops best in community. The Literary Arts courses move sequentially from Creative Writing (where a beginning student learns the writing process, writing craft, and habits of a successful writer) through genre workshops (where students can hone skills in specific areas such as poetry or playwriting or fiction) and through the Senior Project Seminar (where seniors will work on producing a substantial writing portfolio.) Students present their work in local, regional, and national venues.
Our Department Goals:
|Literary Arts & English Teachers|
|Sarah Luong||Intro. to Lit., Composition & Research, English 12||sluong.args.us|
|Dr. Cindy Cunningham*||Indep.Proj.Sem., English 12 CC, Non-Fiction, Senior Project||ccunningham.args.us|
|Gail Giewont||English 11, Print and On-line Pub. (Lit. Mag.), Print and On-line Pub. II (Lit. Mag.), Poetry I, II||ggiewont.args.us|
|English 10, English 10 H|
|Patricia Smith||English 11 CC, Creative Writing, Creative Writing (Majors), Fiction I, II||psmith.args.us|
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