A description of what it's like to become a tow truck driver and what is involved in it's everyday functions and the ins and outs of the job. You could do a jump start to get someone going or you could have to do a job that a car or truck has rolled over which is much more involved. And don't forget about all that paperwork.
Do you know about the littlest of five sisters who grew up to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time? If not, then join me for a closer look at Serena: The Littlest Sister, a biography of Serena Williams.
Do you know about the 14-year-old gymnast who made history at the Olympics? If not, then join me for a closer look at Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still, a biography of Olympic Gold Medalist Nadia Comaneci.
Over the years, I've set up my illustration studio in spaces of all sizes and have learned a few basic rules along the way. The last thing you need is to stifle your creative output with an inefficient space. Let's talk about how to create a working environment that works best for you.
Do you ever wish you were better at talking in front of people? Whether you're about to give a speech in front of a big audience, read a book in front of a class, introduce yourself in a job interview, or just say hello to some new friends, stage fright can make life much harder! Luckily, I have the cure!
Lee has talked with thousands and thousands of children and young adults over the course of her 35+ year career. The #1 question she's been asked thousands and thousands of times is: "Where do you get your ideas?" In this program, Lee will discuss how to get great ideas from one's own life (even if you think your life is BOR-ring!) and how to turn…
How do writers make their stories sing? With details, of course! Author April Jones Prince shares five fun strategies to help you add sizzle and spice to your writing. Find your favorite pen or pencil and let's jump into the writing playground!
Marsha’s Smithsonian Notable book THE PUMPKIN RUNNER is still “running” strong after 22 years in print. Come explore how ultra-marathoner Cliff Young inspired a nation with his good heart, sharing spirit, and perseverance. We'll also explore writing fiction stories inspired by real people, places, and events.
Can we use the junk we see everyday to create amazing things? Using STEAM thinking, engineering, and problem solving we'll create an interactive hands-on Arts project together made entirely from recycled materials you already have around your home. Learn to be a maker! Reference Book: Junk Re-Thunk
Where do we get ideas from? And how do we generate new ideas?
In this workshop I'll walk kids through their interests and pasts and mine their memories for crafting amazing stories that are uniquely them. Workshop exercises include (as time permits) idea and character brainstorming for stories that kid will be clamoring to write. Please plan on…
Make poetry fun and engaging with these quick "wild mind" writing games that will help you develop creativity, get new ideas, and surprise yourself with your writing. Through these games, we'll explore poetic skills like voice, imagery, descriptive language, rhythm, and rhyme. All you need are paper, pen/pencil, and a willingness to let your mind…
Have you ever wanted to talk with a professional writer about a story or a book idea that you're working on, and learn ways to take your writing to the next level? Todd Mitchell has helped hundreds of writers develop their stories and books, and get them published. You can talk with him to solve problems, learn about next steps to take, and get…
Fill your mug, literal and metaphorical, with creative fuel during this casual chat, geared for adults. If you're considering a career as a writer, there's a place for you at this table. Beth will share her journey to breaking into the industry and insight for those interested in learning more about publishing.
Want the scoop? Beth will dish on what life is like as an author, including peeks at her writing space, writing and revision processes, and what she's working on now. This question and answer presentation will focus on readers’ publishing and writing questions and inspire them to tackle stories of their own.
Welcome to The Newspaper Club, cub reporters! As Nellie says, “What could more exciting than kicking off a brand new newspaper—one that we could create entirely on our own?”
The goal of most newspapers is to report the news and not be the news, but when it comes to a family or class newspaper, you and the other members are primary sources. This…
Beth will show how young writers can reimagine and relive their own experiences to write a story only they can share. Using clear steps, she'll showcase the steps to bring a story from concept to page. This presentation will inspire even reluctant young writers to harness their power to be the hero of their own stories.
Dinosaurs might not be able to put a birthday party together - but they're still pretty awesome! Children will learn about the process of how "Don't Ask a Dinosaur" came together, cool facts about the dinosaurs included (and some that didn't make the cut!), and how a 7-year-old child "saved" the book before it went to press!
Whether you already love writing and reciting poetry or just want to try it out, this workshop will make it easy and fun. We'll practice both composing and performing an evocative poem. Participants should have a notebook and writing
utensil. Family members are welcome to
Award-winning author Katie L. Carroll performs a lively reading of the picture book THE BEDTIME KNIGHT, in which a young mouse and her father turn the scary shadows of the night into fun imaginings. Learn the inspiration behind the book. Then bring paper and writing tools to unlock the power of your own imagination in a guided drawing exercise.
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.
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!
Wild horses still roam freely in some of the mountain and desert ranges of Wyoming. I'll share their stories with you. Together we'll write a mustang poem, and then you'll get to create your own leather bookmark or bracelet.
If you love horses this session is for you! I'll share stories of real-life horse heroes, we'll work together on a horse themed writing activity, and at the end of our time together, you'll create your very own leather bookmark or bracelet.
We’ll use several types of paper, cut and glue them to design our collage. Simple, fun art activity with impressive results! Includes reading of the picture book Penny and the Plain Piece of Paper. You'll need different types of paper, scissors, glue and a bit of imagination!
Have you ever been told you have a fascinating life? Do you like telling stories? Some of the best fiction actually comes from lived experience that an author molds into a compelling narrative that is often more interesting than what happened in real life. Author Nikki Barthelmess shares how she drew from her life to create her books and gives tips…
Ask yourself HOW you want to live while you grow up, not the old “WHAT do you want TO BE." Kids are being driven toward robot competitions and 'learning to code' when there are myriad careers available in tech beyond just the mythical rockstar coder and lead designer/inventor. Success takes teams, trials and time.
We take a look underneath the glass and plastic of tablets and laptops into the world of SOIC and Friends. We will look at actual circuit boards and semiconductor chips and how they are assembled into the tools and toys your use every day.
Many kids think great writers are born knowing how to write, but that's definitely not true. Everyone can learn a few strategies to improve their writing, whether it's fiction, nonfiction, personal narrative or biography. Sarah will share some tips and tricks for kid writers who want to get to the next level.
Sarah gives kids a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to be a nonfiction writer, and then shares some fascinating research stories and cool historical anecdotes that kids definitely won't find in their textbooks.
We are going to make the basic Picture Book at home. From this you will learn how to progress to bigger and better books. You will need 4 x A4 sheets of writing paper, pencils and eraser and crayons or coloured pencils.