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Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School

Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School

Department of Literary Arts

Dan LeRoy

Department Director
Dan LeRoy

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Mission Statement

The Literary Arts Department at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School develops the skills of young writers in a variety of disciplines and genres, including poetry, drama, fiction, screenwriting and creative nonfiction. Through intensive study of great works, essential concepts and best practices, as well as a diverse array of writing assignments, students hone their craft in a supportive and challenging environment.

Course of Study

All Literary Arts students begin by taking introductory classes in each of the major genres (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama/screenwriting), which prepare students for writing workshops - the core of the Literary Arts curriculum.

In addition to core writing classes, the LPPACS Literary Arts Department also offers instruction in a variety of special topic areas, to create well-rounded writers and students. These courses are offered on a rotating basis.


Students in Literary Arts are taught by working authors and writers, with instruction supplemented by such acclaimed guest artists as Jeffrey Zaslow (co-author of The Last Lecture with the late Randy Pausch); Neil McCormick (author of Killing Bono); Lee Gutkind (the "godfather" of creative nonfiction); Davy Rothbart (creator of Found magazine and author of The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas); National Book Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes; poet, screenwriter and filmmaker Jim Daniels (Mr. Pleasant), poets Yona Harvey and S. E. Smith; and authors Jane McCafferty (One Heart), Carrie Kennedy (Panorama) and Sherrie Flick (Reconsidering Happiness).

Courses Offered Include:

  • Journalism
  • Film Studies
  • Critical Reading
  • Why We Think What We Think
  • Bookbinding
  • Books You Should Have Read By Now
  • Writing for the Radio
  • Violence in Literature
  • Shakespeare vs. SpongeBob: Archetypes
  • 50 Poems in 50 Days
  • Fiction Workshop
  • Poetry Workshop
  • Screenwriting Workshop
  • Creative Nonfiction Workshop
  • Adaptation


Three unique publishing experiences exist at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School through a partnership with the school's Media Arts Department. Literary Arts students produce the award-winning school literary journal, pulp., each spring, and work year-round on The Siren, the school's newspaper.

The Literary Arts Department is also home to BatCat Press, which publishes new, original works by authors from around the country, and is the only high school student-run press in the country.