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A good writer loves WORDS--the way they look, the way they sound, and the way they come together to make meaning. The author Joseph Conrad said, "Give me the right word, and I will move the world!” Words are powerful, and they’re also just plain fun. In this exploration of poetry, descriptive writing, and wordplay, students will learn how words can whistle, whoosh, gallop, and bloom, painting pictures in our imaginations and making music in our ears.

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"Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it." Those are the words of a famous American poet named Mary Oliver, and this class is about learning how to be a spy. Being a good writer doesn't start with your words. Being a good writer starts with your eyes and ears and nose and fingers. So in this class we learn how to be spies in the universe, paying close attention to the world around us, finding astonishment in ordinary things, and using some basic writing tools to "paint" pictures with words. This is a fun, interactive, hands-on introduction to a writer's way of looking at the world.

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New Classes Coming Soon!

A lot of people have asked if I'll be teaching any of my online writing courses this summer, and the answer is, sadly, "No" . . . BUT that's because I'll be hard at work creating some new classes! I've got a few fun surprises up my sleeve, and I'll update you as soon as a new class is available. 

Summer Workshops at Brentwood Library

From treasure maps to fantastical creatures, from playdough poems to larger-than-life characters, Sleeping Giant classes and workshops aim to stretch kids' imaginations and show them how fun writing can be! It is a privilege for me to teach in the beautiful Story Room at the Brentwood Library in Brentwood, Tennessee. I have several writing workshops coming up this summer:

Jurassic Poetry: Kids will learn basic poetic forms in order to write poems by and about dinosaurs. 
Wednesday, June 8, 1:00 - 2:00 (ages 6-8)
Wednesday, June 8, 2:15 - 3:15 (ages 9-12)

Voyage to the Planet Zorkon: Using real planets as our models, kids will create imaginary planets and write about what it would be like to take a trip there. 
Wednesday, July 6, 1:00 - 2:00 (ages 6-8) 
Wednesday, July 6, 2:15 - 3:15 (ages 9-12)

Diary of Wimpy Kitten: Using the bestselling picture book Diary of a Worm (Doreen Cronin) as our model, kids will imagine what it’s like to be an animal and write a diary from that animal’s perspective.  
Wednesday, July 27, 1:00 - 2:00 (ages 6-8)

Weird and Wacky Creatures: In this workshop, kids will draw their own fantastical animals and then make up stories about how these strange creatures got to be they way they are. 
Wednesday, July 27, 2:15 - 3:15 (ages 9-12)

All workshops are currently full, but if you'd like to be on the waiting list, see the Brentwood Library website for registration information.