Writing Workshops are regularly added to the calendar when time and availability allows! I enjoy taking a cross-curricular approach in the workshops I teach, regularly combining writing with art, history, literature, and analysis. Check out the Class Calendar for upcoming opportunities or take a look at the list of workshops below and schedule one for your children and some of their friends!
This workshop explores Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll, a fantastical poem full of nonsense! We will read the poem, discuss lexicons, Lewis Carroll's use of nonsensical words, and create our own lexicons with words throughout Jabberwocky. Students will use their created lexicons to write their own 3 stanza rhyming poems. This workshop takes approx. 2.5 hours.
Throughout history, people have used song to convey their messages. In this workshop, we explore songs that tell stories - Bad Boy Leroy Brown, The Brady Bunch Theme Song, The Devil Went Down to Georgia, and Blue. Students will analyze each song's narrative and choose one to continue telling the story. This will be an ultra-fun way to explore storytelling! This workshop takes approx. 2.5 hours.
Writing doesn't have to feel hard! In this fun workshop, we will turn what we think of as acceptable writing on its head. Exploring writing as art through street art, we will give beauty to everyday objects or surfaces with graffiti words, then rip apart writing we love and create new meanings within mash-ups! This workshop takes approx. 2-2.5 hours.
Strong character development is one of the most important aspects of writing a fictional story, so let’s take a look at what it takes to create a character from the outside —> IN! Students will discuss types of characters and traits to consider when creating a character, complete a thorough character profile using a questionnaire, and finish out by doing a short freewrite starring their new character! This workshop takes approx. 2-2.5 hours.
How can writing change or influence someone's thoughts? In this workshop, students will dabble in persuasive writing using advertisements. Students will discuss common elements found in advertising, and analyze advertisements as a group for what makes them appealing or convincing. Students will be creating a poster advertisement and pitch for their favorite book to bring the concept full circle! This workshop takes approx. 2.5 hours.
Poetry can cause fear in even the most versed writers! Scrounged poetry is a fun way to explore poetry by removing the pressure of original writing and allowing children to choose language that interests them, then reorganize it to create something new. Students will be Word Collectors using magazine text to create word tickets, photography for inspiration, and then create a finished Scrounged Poem using their word ticket bank to guide them. This workshop takes approx. 2 hours.
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