Winter Workshops at Brentwood Library

This winter I'll be teaching two creative writing workshops at the Brentwood Library in Brentwood, TN. Descriptions are below.

Age: 9-12
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Fee: $10
How to register: check the Brentwood Library Calendar

Saturday, January  21, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
"Spies in the Universe"
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. 
Go to the library's event calendar to sign up.

Saturday, February11, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
"A Whirlwind Tour of Stories"
What IS a story? Through imaginative games and writing exercises, we’ll be breaking stories down to their basic ingredients and exploring the C’s of all good stories: Conflicts, Choices, and Consequences. 
Registration will begin in January on the library's event calendar. 

2017 Online Classes Open for Registration

What If? (online class)
from 99.00

Everyone has an imagination—it is the source of inventions, scientific discoveries, great art and music and stories, fear as well as hope—and one of the most important questions our imagination asks is “What if?" In this 6-week class, we will charge head-first into the great mystery of writing: Where do ideas come from? As we leap from tall tales to fables, dabble in the past and the future, and collect real-life anecdotes filled with drama and laughter, kids will learn that stories are everywhere around them—in the most fantastical reaches of their imagination, in the people they meet, and in the everyday experiences of their own lives.
 

Dates: January 30 - March 10, 2017
Age Level: Recommended for 3rd - 7th grade

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Stories of Magic & Wonder (online class)
from 99.00

This six-week fiction-writing class is perfect for lovers of fantasy and fairy tales. We will build our own worlds, draw maps, create fantastical creatures, send heroes on perilous quests, and write stories that are as wild and wonder-full as the kids' imaginations can make them—all while learning the basic elements of story structure. 

Because this class focuses on building a single story, from start to finish, students can retake the class in order to work on a different story. 

Dates: March 27 - May 5, 2017
Age Level: Recommended for 3rd - 7th grade

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Coming April 2017: Henry and the Chalk Dragon

“It is a dangerous thing to open a door. But that, after all, is the only way to find an adventure.”

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In the town of Squashbuckle, just about anything can happen, and when Henry Penwhistle draws a mighty Chalk Dragon on his door, the dragon does what Henry least expects—it runs away.

Now Henry’s art is out in the world for everyone to see, and it’s causing trouble for him and his schoolmates Oscar and Jade. If they don’t stop it, the entire town could be doomed!

To vanquish the threat of a rampaging Chalk Dragon, Sir Henry Penwhistle, Knight of La Muncha Elementary School, is going to have to do more than just catch his art—he’s going to have to let his imagination run wild. And that takes bravery.

You can pre-order signed copies of Henry and the Chalk Dragon in the Rabbit Room Store. Ships April 4!