I'm Crystal Bowden, owner of Kids Write with Crystal & the Editor of The Clothed Mole Rat Magazine.
I enjoy nothing 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
I approach coaching children in writing with this thought in mind. As parents and educators, we tend to treat writing as 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 writer's vivid perspectives, 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 offer my monthly Writer's Club and other engaging workshops & classes in the greater Atlanta area and beyond! All current class offerings are happening entirely online using Zoom due to COVID-19.
I live outside of Atlanta with my husband and two children. A veteran homeschooler, I am an active member of the Atlanta homeschool community, where I've taught children for over eight years.
An established cat lady, I can be found most days, enjoying kitty snuggles and dreaming of hiking the Appalachian Trail - all 2,190 miles of it. In my spare time, yoga, fluffy blankets, reading, Christmas lights, hiding away in the woods, hot drinks, writing poetry, and collage art bring me joy.
My work has appeared in zines from Riot Grrrl Press and Dreamers Magazine, where I won Honorable Mention in their 2020 Haiku Contest.
You can follow me on Instagram.