I'm Crystal Bowden, the Editor of The Clothed Mole Rat Magazine & owner of Kids Write with Crystal. I've been teaching children in my community for eight years. There's nothing I enjoy more earnestly than working with kids to provide an educational experience that won't bore them to tears! I love working with young writers to nurture their ability to tap into their writing voice and find the words they have inside them.
"To live a creative life, we must first lose our fear of being wrong." - Joseph Clinton Pierce
My approach to coaching children in writing is done with this thought in mind. As parents and educators, we tend to treat writing as if it's an academic subject to be tackled, but it's foremost an art form and one of the most important ways we express ourselves creatively.
The goal of good writing is to capture the vivid perspectives of the writer, which is all about communication. As writers grow, they will be able to influence their readers to think, feel, and see what they've written. I'm a firm believer that the mechanics of writing should be developed separately from a child's original writing. Kids can't find their voice if we bog them down with rules and create fear. They need permission to make mistakes!
My primary goal is to aid in the development of a happy and confident writer. I approach this goal by offering support, enthusiasm, ideas, and affirmation to growing writers. Writing can feel hard for kids, but it doesn't have to be that way! I explore writing by going OUTSIDE the lines and encourage children to consider what constitutes writing in new and fun ways. I take a cross-curricular approach in my classes, regularly combining writing with art, music, history, literature, poetry, and analysis.
I'm excited to be offering my bi-monthly Writer's Club and other engaging workshops in the greater Atlanta area! All current class offerings are happening online using Zoom. Keep an eye on the Calendar or sign up for our newsletter to receive updates and see what's coming!
In my spare time, yoga, fluffy blankets, reading, Christmas lights, hiding out in my lake house, hot drinks, writing poetry, and kitty snuggles bring me enjoyment and peace.