Pen & Tell It!

It’s time to PEN AND TELL IT! We have workshops jam packed with new teachers, new ways to look at writing, and new stories waiting to be written. These stand-alone sessions are perfect to learn more about a topic or writing skill in one afternoon. All supplies are included, you just need your imagination!

Classes are limited to 20 students and are $20 for 2nd-3rd grade; $25 for 4th-8th grade. Families can mix and match classes, but please fill out a separate form for each student. All classes take place at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave. Please note the date and time of the classes as they vary. 2018 registration has now closed.

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Questions? Contact Meg Brown at megbrown@thurberhouse.org

2/3 Grade

Up, Down, All Around
Sunday, November 4; 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Writing inspiration is everywhere—you just have to find it, and that’s what we’ll be doing in this class. We’ll look, listen, and feel for story ideas, and write about whatever gets our imaginations fired up!

Instructor: Lyn Ford is an Ohio teaching artist, the author of the award-winning Affrilachian Tales and Beyond the Briar Patch. Lyn is also a fulltime storyteller, keynote speaker, and workshop facilitator, whose work has taken her to Hawaii, Australia, Ireland, and many other venues.

The Big Question
Sunday, November 11; 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Big questions abound in this class! What does fear taste like? What is the smell of hope? How does love feel? Answer these and other Big Questions in poetry form by using your five senses. Have fun picking a Big Question Card and see what creative answers you can craft.

Instructor: Amy Greenberg is a writer, poet, and translator. She has facilitated workshops for several years at Thurber House as well as at several schools and libraries in the Central Ohio area.

4/5 Grade

Diary of a 4th/5th Grader
Sunday, November 4; 1:00-3:30 p.m.
[SOLD OUT]

To be placed on the wait list, email Elizabeth at efalter@thurberhouse.org

It’s time to channel our inner Greg Hefley! We’ll develop and write our own Diary of a 4th/5th Grader stories about our lives at school and at home. We all have some funny drama and stories to share. We’ll even add some stick figure drawing to complement our work.

Instructor: Andra Gillum is a free-lance writer, and the author of the children’s books Doggy Drama series. She writes a periodic column for the Columbus Dispatch using observational humor. She also does frequent author visits to elementary schools to share her stories, and teach about the writing process.

Transformation Tales
Sunday, November 11; 1:00-3:30 p.m.
[SOLD OUT]

To be placed on the wait list, email Elizabeth at efalter@thurberhouse.org

No one likes a story where nothing interesting happens. You will avoid this epic problem in this class where you will discover how to put your characters through crazy challenges and see how they turn out in the end. You’ll even learn some new folktales along the way, too.

Instructor: Lyn Ford is an Ohio teaching artist, the author of the award-winning Affrilachian Tales and Beyond the Briar Patch. Lyn is also a fulltime storyteller, keynote speaker, and workshop facilitator, whose work has taken her to Hawaii, Australia, Ireland, and many other venues.

Design Your Own VILLAIN
Sunday, November 18; 1:00-3:30 p.m.
[SOLD OUT]

To be placed on the wait list, email Elizabeth at efalter@thurberhouse.org

Take a walk on the dark side as we create our own villains and delve into what makes them tick. Is it his or her bad personality? Is it a mean streak? Do villains have exceptional powers that let them get away with evil? We’ll break it all down as we design, draw, and outfit our own villain, complete with fabric clothes and accessories.

Instructor: Megan Moriarty is an art educator and practicing artist. She teaches art all around town, including the Ohio Craft Museum, libraries, festivals, schools and more. Megan has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in art education, so she thinks that teaching art combined with writing is pretty much the best combination ever.

6/7/8 Grade

What’s Your Problem?
Sunday, November 4; 1:00-3:30 p.m.
[SOLD OUT]

To be placed on the wait list, email Elizabeth at efalter@thurberhouse.org

The best stories have conflicts that seem unsolvable, but how do writers DO that? How many different conflicts can there really be? This class will show you how to create characters with BIG problems and stories that will keep readers guessing.

Instructor: Jody Casella is an author and a former high school English teacher. Her YA novel Thin Space, received a starred review from Kirkus. She blogs, teaches writing classes for writers of all ages, and is the Regional Director of the Ohio Central/South region of SCBWI.

Write Jokes Like a Pro
Sunday, November 11; 1:00-3:30 p.m.
[SOLD OUT]

To be placed on the wait list, email Elizabeth at efalter@thurberhouse.org

There are no “dad jokes” in this class. Learn how to write funny, original jokes on any subject, for any occasion. Jokes make everything better – stories, schoolwork, trying to convince your parents to let you stay up later. You’ll learn the secrets of the comedy trade from a successful professional comedian.

Instructor: Mike Larsen is a nationally-known comedian who has appeared on HBO, Showtime, and The Tonight Show, as well as being a regular performer at the Funny Bone here in Columbus. He’s also an Emmy-nominated comedy writer for shows like The Drew Carey Show and Ellen. Mike’s joke-writing workshop is fun and informative and he GUARANTEES you’ll write an original joke in the first 5 minutes.

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From Page to Stage
Sunday, November 18; 1:00-3:30 p.m.
[SOLD OUT]

To be placed on the wait list, email Elizabeth at efalter@thurberhouse.org

Make your words come to life! If you’ve ever thought about writing for theatre, television, or film, you know how important it is that words on the page can translate to the stage or screen. We’ll start off with some improvisation games to find inspiration, and then get that inspiration down on the page when we write and workshop scenes.

Instructor: Winter Mead is a former member of the Stanford Drama Department Faculty and has taught writing, acting, and directing for the last thirty years. An optioned screenwriter, Winter also co-wrote Sherman’s Lagoon -- The Musical! with cartoonist Jim Toomey.

 

Questions? Contact Meg Brown at megbrown@thurberhouse.org.

Thanks to the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council, and the James W. Overstreet Fund of The Columbus Foundation for their support of this program.