Writing Wizards

Sharpen those pencils, break out those thinking caps, and join us for our 2019 Writing Wizards. No matter the class, you will be challenged to write outside the box, use your imagination, expand your horizons, and have fun creating new things!

Writing Wizards workshops, for 2nd-8th grade students, will meet each Saturday from February 9 through March 9, 2019, and are limited to 15 students per workshop. Classes are $110 for 2nd-3rd grade and $125 for 4th-8th grade. All classes take place at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, and the deadline for registration is Friday, January 25th.

Questions? Email Meg Brown at megbrown@thurberhouse.org

2/3 Grade

It's a Whole New World
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Trees are made of licorice, it rains chocolate milk, there is no homework, and adults have to obey kids. What happens in a world like this? We dare you to imagine big in this class because you'll need to create a place that is uniquely yours and write and draw all about it!

Instructor: Valerie Cumming is a freelance writer who has taught classes at Thurber House for fifteen years.

Can You Imagine?
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Can you imagine what would happen if you took over the school with your friends, or developed super powers? What would happen? How would the story go? We'll use a fun theme and writing prompt each week to spark our creativity and imaginations.

Instructor: Andra Gillum is the author of the children's book series, Doggy Drama. She also writes a periodic column for the Columbus Dispatch.

4/5 Grade

World Builders
10:00 a.m. - Noon

The best part of reading is escaping into another reality, and the best part of writing is the ability to create one. You are the J.K. Rowling of your world in this class, from beginning to end. The sky's the limit! Unless you decide that it's actually not...

Instructor: Stacy Fabbre is the illustrator of several picture books including The Fate of the Frog, and is an aspiring writer.

Recipe for Writing
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

You know the main ingredients: character, plot, setting. But what's the best recipe for mixing up a perfectly blended book? How do you make it a page-turner? Join us for a crash course in whipping up a story that will leave readers hungry for more.

Instructor: Jody Casella is the author of the acclaimed YA novel, Thin Space, and a former high school English teacher.

6-8 Grade

Nonfiction with Flair
10:00 a.m. - Noon

Want to be the next Lin-Manuel Miranda? Do you love history or geeking out over research? We will delve into what it takes to write awesome literary nonfiction, from picking a topic, to how to put the research into an interesting story (or maybe a hit Broadway play). You don't have to be obsessed with Hamilton to enjoy this class.

Instructor: Bethany Tuten is a middle school language arts and social studies teacher, who loves creative problem solving.

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Generation Next
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Every generation insists that the younger generation is "different." In this class, we'll have fun with the premise that Gen Z really is different. Using genres like science fiction, fantasy, and alternative history, we'll figure out what powers, talents, and philosophies set you apart...and tell the story of how you'll take over the world!

Instructors: Kathy Matthews is a freelance writer and Dan Mushalko is operations manager at WCBE radio. They have been teaching creative writing workshops together for years.


Thank you to our generous sponsors who make this program possible!

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.