Frisco May 2021

BUSINESS FEATURE WriteOn! Creative Writing Center Frisco business helps all ages hone skills D awn Rice, owner of Write On! Creative Writing Center, said anyone can bene ! t from

AUTHORIAL ADVICE Owner Dawn Rice said one resource that has been an inspiration for her is Stephen King’s “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.” In this memoir, the acclaimed novelist touches on his own experiences and shares advice for aspiring writers.

BY MATT PAYNE

addressing an envelope. Rice said those who participate in the curriculum set at Write On! can get practice on many skills: writing short stories, poetry, essays and more. “We make sure that the toolbox of all of our writers is being ! lled with di " erent things,” Rice said. “They’re getting a variety, continually, if they’re part of the year-round writing that we have.” There are curriculum options for all age groups. Kindergarten classes are geared to mix writing skills with engaging activities, while more expe-

spending time at her facility. Her brick-and-mortar spot opened in March 2019, though the educator said she has been conducting writing workshops for more than a decade. Originally a teacher, she ! rst became inspired to pursue spe- cialized writing workshops after attending a young writers conference around 2008 in California. Rice implemented workshops to help students hone all sorts of writing skills in the classroom.

Dawn Rice is the owner of Write On! Creative Writing Center in Frisco. (Photos by Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)

A makeshift tree and benches serve as a callback to Rice’s original inspiration to open a nature-themed bookstore.

But instead of pursuing class- room teaching when she moved to Texas about a year later, she held workshops out of her own home. “Seeing these students’ writings

rienced students can participate in activities tailored to meet their needs. “The purpose is not to give our writers something that they can only do once they’re very

“WEMAKE SURE THAT THE TOOLBOXOF ALL OF OURWRITERS IS BEING FILLEDWITH DIFFERENT THINGS.” DAWN RICE, WRITE ON! CREATIVE WRITING CENTER OWNER

The design of Write On! Creative Writing Center is meant to be inspiring and optimistic with bright colors and open windows, Rice said.

improve because they were writing— that’s really where it all started,” Rice said. “I just really found this passion for making writing fun and attainable for everybody.” Often, in standard education, some students progress through traditional schooling and do not fully realize their writing potential, according to Rice. She said struggles in early grades often lead to lapses in everyday skills, such as properly

advanced but to give them things to work on their writing,” Rice said. Adults are also welcome. Anyone from aspiring book writers to those keen on sharpening fundamentals can gain just that, according to Rice. “It’s a place where writers, anyone at any level, can come in,” Rice said. “They can feel successful and grow their skills so that they can reinforce or build that foundation that they need to just go about life.”

WriteOn! CreativeWriting Center 7027 Hickory St., Ste. 200, Frisco 214-915-2155 www.writeonfrisco.com Hours: Tue.-Fri. 3-7:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Mon.-Sun.

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