Pen and Tell It! 2017 Season

Pen and Tell It!

2017 Season

It is 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 $15 for 2nd-3rd grade; $20 for 4th-8th grade. Families can mix and match classes but please fill out a separate form per student. All classes take place at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave. Please note the date of the classes as they vary. The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 30.

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Pen and Tell It! Fall 2017 Classes


Hello from my Happy Place [THIS CLASS IS FULL]
Sunday, November 5; 2:00-3:30 p.m. (Note: this class starts later.)

We’re fusing art, imagination, and writing in this class. You’ll make a cool fabric collage postcard that illustrates your favorite place, real or imaginary, and compose a “hello from my happy place” story on the back.

Instructor: Megan Moriarty is an art educator and practicing artist. She teaches art all around town, including the Ohio Craft Museum. Her background is in journalism and art education, so teaching art combined with writing is pretty much the best combination ever.


Rock, Paper, Scissors, String
Sunday, November 5; 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Everything has its own story! Ms. Ford will have a box full of “stuff” to inspire you to create autobiographies, adventure stories, silly tales, and more by personifying the objects and using your imaginations. Instructor: Lyn Ford is a nationally recognized Affrilachian storyteller and Ohio teaching artist. She has shared programs and workshops on telling and writing stories with students of all ages for more than twenty-five years.

Write like a BFF

Sunday, November 12; 1:00-3:30 p.m.

It’s easy to write how YOU feel and what YOU would do, but storywriters must get into different characters’ heads in order to write an intriguing story. In this class, you will learn to write from a unique point of view by looking at the world through your best friend’s eyes.

Instructor: Cindy Thomson is the author of eight books, the Daughters of Ireland series. She also writes genealogy articles Your Genealogy Today magazines, and short stories for Clubhouse Magazine.

Make ‘em Laugh Sunday, November 19; 1:00-3:30 p.m.[THIS CLASS IS FULL}

Everyone loves to laugh, but what makes something funny? You’ll learn all the ins and outs of creating stories that tickle your funny bone, from slapstick to situational comedy, and then turn you loose to write your own. Instructor: Andra Gillum is a free-lance writer, author of the children’s book series Doggy Drama, and writes a periodic column for the Columbus Dispatch using observational humor. She also visits elementary schools to share her stories and teach about the writing process.

6/7/8 GRADE

Writing and Publishing 101 [THIS CLASS IS FULL]
Sunday, November 12; 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Have an idea for a story but don't know what to do next? Or maybe you've written a book and would like to publish it. This class will show you how to write and revise your best story and give you the tools you need to get it published!

Instructor: Jody Casella is a published Young Adult author who teaches writing workshops all over Columbus. She is currently at work on her next novel.

Create Your Own Comic [THIS CLASS IS FULL]

Sunday, November 19; 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Bring your best comic characters and ideas to create the comic you've always wanted. From sketching, inking, lettering, to full color pages, learn how to get the most action, drama, and humor out of your sequential art. All skill levels welcome!

Instructor: Mat Washburn is the creator of the webcomic Evan Yeti and developer of the mobile game Save Baby James. He also creates music scores for video games and more.


Questions? Contact Meg Brown at

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.