Crisp Museum Hosting ‘Storyworx’ Summer Academy for Youth

The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus is hosting “Storyworx,” a five-day summer academy for youth, June 3-7.

Participants will explore story writing, storytelling and illustration through one of three theme workshops, including sci-fi fantasy, mystery and short story. Museum staff and special guests will facilitate this unique, fun learning experience.


Morning sessions for grades 3-6 will take place from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Afternoon sessions for grades 7-11 is scheduled from 1-4 p.m.

Cost for this workshop is $50. Seating is limited, and registration is required by May 20. Supplies will be provided.

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“Storyworx” workshop themes will include:

Sci-Fi Fantasy Adventure Workshop:
What if the artifacts in the Crisp Museum came from civilizations that long ago traveled to and from other galaxies? Or, what if they’re secretly alive, and they play video games on the office computers at night? In this workshop, participants will use their imagination to create stories and objects unique to this world, with plots that will captivate family and friends.

Whodunit? Mystery Writing Workshop:
During this workshop, participants will read some short story mystery tales, find clues, write and share their own short mystery stories. Discussions include the ways good writers are similar to detectives, noticing little details that many people miss. For their stories, they will be using the Crisp Museum’s galleries for writing prompts.

Short Story Writing and Illustration Workshop:
Authors start with their own original ideas and experiences for their story’s beginning, middle and end. Using this as a framework, they creatively expand each section and develop interesting characters in descriptive settings as their plot unfolds. Inclusion of a twist or surprising turn can be a fascinating element. Participants will also have mini-lessons involving memory walks, illustration, personification and puppetry.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 1-4 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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