"I learned lots of things that I was learning at school so it helped me. I also loved that we did things before we were writing like how to write a story." — Lila, age 11
"A good space to learn. Encouraging." — Noa, age 11
"I mostly liked everything from this creative writing workshop. I would say that the only thing that I would change is more time to write." — Jesse, age 12"The quiet writing time was glorious!" — Aurora, age 10
The Writer's Café was designed to encourage children up to the age of 12 to embrace their voice, remove the mystery of 'new ideas', unlock inspiration, and discover the joy of storytelling. This five lesson program can be split into blocks to fit your own schedule. Take a full Saturday and knock it out all at once, or do weekly sessions to allow for more writing time in between, culminating in a final time of sharing.
Using the opening sentence from William Golding's Lord of the Flies, students will craft their own stories, learning that even if everyone starts from the same place, they will find themselves going in wildly different directions.
With many opportunities to contribute to discussion and participate in collective brainstorming and sharing sessions, children will learn to appreciate the diversity of imagination, and in the end, have a story to share with their families.
While the workbook walks children through each lesson, leaving lots of room for them to record their ideas and work on the writing assignment, the Teacher's Manual will help the leader direct each lesson. With helpful discussion questions and insightful tips, this manual will allow anyone to bean encouraging voice in a child's creative journey. This program is designed for use in a classroom or workshop setting, and is not recommended for individual use.
Each Super Pack has a retail value of $165 if you purchased each piece individually.
You may also choose to build your own pack, using the available options listed.
Are you interested in inviting Alanna to come and lead this workshop? She can be available to come up to a three hour distance to lead this over two days. For more information on cost and requirements, please visit the Writer's Café page.
With over fifteen years of design experience, powerful understanding of publishing technology, a passionate love for stories, and a desire to make dreams come true, I am your advocate, mentor, friend, and cheerleader and I can’t wait to help you bring your work into the light. To submit to Blank Spaces, my Canadian literary magazine, please visit the submissions page at www.blankspaces.ca. To learn more about how I can help you achieve your publishing dreams, pop over to www.publishing.alannarusnak.com.