The Storytellers Workshop is designed to inspire young writers while giving them the tools they need to tell great stories.
As a working author, my critique groups are invaluable to me. Nothing improves my own writing like diving into the developing stories of fellow writers and receiving feedback on my own works-in-progress. Using the same read-and-critique format, young writers in the Storytellers Workshop are free to grow their imaginations while developing valuable skills in writing, critiquing, and story analysis. In a supportive, student-centered setting, lessons arise naturally from the writing produced by the group. In that way, we all learn from each other.
Above all, it is my goal to share my passion for children’s literature and the fun and magic of storytelling.
Class will be structured to meet the following goals:
- Working in any genre they choose, students set and reach their own writing goals, share and accept group feedback, learn to revise well and work toward project completion.
- Adapting for the tastes and abilities of the age group, instruction will include read-alouds from mentor texts taken from children’s literature. Using such works as The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman and Savvy by Ingrid Law, we will dive into craft mini-lessons on plot, point-of-view, character, voice and more—spiraling back to those topics as they arise in student writing.
- Teaching and modeling the workshop read-and-critique format, the instructor will guide students in offering positive, meaningful feedback and making connections between stories.
- Students will be given plenty of time to write. During this time the instructor will circulate and confer as needed.
- To understand how we use storytelling to shape and understand our lives, students will be encouraged to find and share ‘real world’ examples of great storytelling across a variety of genres: books, television, movies, songs, poetry, theater, photography, games etc.
Check out this article highlighting the work I did at the Del Mar Heights Storytellers Club!