Literary Arts

Director of Literary Arts

Dan Leroy

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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.


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

In addition to core writing classes, the Lincoln Park 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 My Heart is an Idiot); National Book Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes; poet, screenwriter and filmmaker Jim Daniels (Mr. Pleasant), poet (and Marvel Comics author) Yona Harvey; WordPlay founder Alan Olifson; and numerous other authors, journalists and literary figures.

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


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Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School is dedicated to providing student-centered service in a professional and compassionate manner. The school utilizes a highly-trained and committed staff, which includes a number of professional artists. Students at LPPACS benefit from individualized educational strategies, tailored to each student's needs, interests and abilities, and designed to empower every student to succeed.

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