Let’s dress up, read a story, and be silly together! Shall we be pirates? Shall we be Santa or his elves? Or shall we be really hungry people with big appetites? You choose! Tell me what to wear and I'll bring the story.
Join me, your Fairy Godmother, as we discuss our favorite fairy tales before mixing them up—on purpose! We’ll choose characters from giants, to big bad wolves, to dwarves, to witches, to boys and girls and everything in between. We’ll also choose the magic! Let’s go on a journey into a fantasy world as we wave our wands and sprinkle some fairy dust…
Gullible Gus is a book of fiction with no truth in it at all! A Junior Library Guild selection, it's the story of a gullible cowboy who believes every darn thing. The only way poor Gus can be cured of gullibility is to travel to Fibrock, a town full of liars and find the biggest liar of all to tell him some whoppers. If Gus can doubt even one of…
Young piggywinkles, ages 4-10, will enjoy a romp with Greenbeard, the guinea pig pirate! Andrea will read the story, GREENBEARD THE PIRATE PIG, ending with a rousing pirate shanty. Participants will learn how to do their very best, “AAaaarrrr,” and “AHOY!” and “AVAST!” and will learn how to sing like a pirate!
Have you ever finished a book and thought, "Oh, I'd love to meet the author and ask her __________?" This program is for individuals or families who have finished reading WINTERFROST, a magical, wintry tale rooted in Scandinavian lore. Meet Michelle Houts, hear about how Klakke and Gammel and the Pedersen family came to be, and -- most importantly…
Authors of over 130 books, Dave and Neta Jackson have taught writing seminars to young people all over the United States as well as in China and Canada. This is your chance to get tips on how you might become an author, too.
Take a deep dive into research. Writing fiction and non-fiction stories involves researching - to add details to plot, characters, and setting. Learn helpful research techniques and know when it's time to stop researching and start writing!
We all have our own cultures and heritages - let's use our unique voices to tell our special stories. SADIE'S SHABBAT STORIES celebrates family history and the power of storytelling. Come with paper and pen to mine your family background and heirlooms in order to create your stories.
Explore how to write amazing science fiction and fantasy stories! Bring paper and pen/pencil, and come prepared to write. By the end of the program, you'll have great story ideas, and techniques that you can apply to your writing for years to come.
Discover the three-step process that many professional authors use to write amazing stories! Bring paper and pen/pencil, and come ready to write. By the end of the program, you'll have developed character, setting, and plot ideas, along with starting your own incredible story.
I will use my latest book as a guide to introduce readers to poetic forms like sonnets, nonets and limericks, poetic stanzas of various lengths, and metered lines that demonstrate the beat and rhythm of rhymed and unrhymed poetry. We will then practice creating poems as well using word exercises.
Award-winning author Katie L. Carroll shares how she found her magic in writing for teens and kids and the personal stories that inspired her books. This is followed by a guided writing exercise for budding writers to begin developing their own creative stories.
How do you portray sons and daughters, parents and siblings, teachers, friends, and others you know… in a book? Is it easier or harder to include people you know? The answer might surprise you. Let’s talk about it – and maybe even write about it.
Reveal every side of your characters by showing not telling-the good, the bad and the very good. Bring a short list of your favorite book/movie/tv characters and why you like them as well as paper and a writing tool.
What's the most fun part of writing a fantasy book? Why, the magic, of course! Come learn about the different types of magic in your favorite fantasy stories, and all the things you need to think about when you're getting ready to make your own!
Have you ever heard that there are two sides to every story? Well, that's not true. There are, in fact, THREE sides to every story! Learn about the three sides of history, and how to use this triangle of facts and fancy to write stellar historical fiction and fantasy!
Everybody loves heroes, and we need them now more than ever. Luckily, there are plenty of heroes in SUPER JAKE & THE KING OF CHAOS - if you know how to find them. And after we talk about what makes a hero, you might even find one in your own mirror.
While Michelle Houts was writing the STEM-based chapter book series LUCY'S LAB, something hit her like an acorn falling from an oak tree: Writers and scientists use the same process! They both need ideas (inspiration), they have to do their research (investigation) and from there, the sky's the limit (imagination). Get ready for some…
Ever wondered how authors create their characters? Want to learn what they don't teach you in school?
Join British children's fantasy author and former teacher J. A Browne as she takes you on a journey of discover to create your own magical character using the power of nature and shares her own character creation secrets.
This programme is for anyone who wants a little bit of everything! You’ll get to meet Camilla, listen to a storytelling of one of her three books, take part in a short, story building workshop and have your questions answered.
Learn to weave scientific facts into your fiction in this hands-on writing and plotting adventure. Science writer and children’s author Cristy Burne shares her contagious passion for science and technology in this fast and funny creative writing workshop.