Writing Wizards registration is closed for 2018.

The temperatures are dropping and that means one thing, Writing Wizards! We have new topics, teachers, and even more ways to stretch your imagination to reach new heights. From cartooning to poetry and even Steampunk, you don’t want to miss out this winter! Check out our classes and register today.

Writing Wizards workshops, for 2nd-8th grade students, will meet each Saturday from February 10 through March 10, 2018, and are limited to 15 students per workshop. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and the deadline for registration is Friday, January 26th.


Tuition is $100 for 2/3 grade classes and $110 for 4/5 and 6/7/8 grade classes.

Scholarships are generously provided in memory of the following Thurber House volunteers: Babette Lazarus Sirak, Norm and Ruth Spain, and Janet Hammock. We have a limited number of scholarships available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please note - Students may receive one scholarship toward one Thurber Writing program in a calendar year. Full scholarships require verification of enrollment in a free school lunch program or a letter from a school official stating financial need and the $10 non-refundable registration fee.  Partial scholarships require verification of enrollment in a reduced school lunch program or a letter from a school official stating the need for partial financial assistance, and payment of half the tuition plus the $10 non-refundable registration fee ($60 for grades 2-3, $65 for grades 4-8).  Applications and fees must be received by Friday, January 19th and scholarship recipients will be notified by Friday, January 26th.

Full tuition, minus the $10 registration fee, will be refunded only if a class is full or if Thurber House cancels a class.  Tuition is 50% refundable for cancellations received by January 26.  After January 26, no refunds will be given.

We encourage the involvement of children with special needs and do our best to ensure that our students with mobility challenges are accommodated.  Please let us know of any special needs when you register so we can prepare prior to the start of the Writing Wizards program.

Writing Wizards Winter 2018 Classes

2/3 Graders

Adventures in Poetry with Valerie Cumming

10:00 - 11:30 am

This is not your grandma’s poetry class! We’ll learn about Sausage Poems and Umbrellaphants, take a Poetry Hike, and more, all while putting together a collection of our own original poems to take home on the last day of class. 

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

 Animal Tales with Andra Gillum [SOLD OUT - To be added to the wait list, email Meg at megbrown@thurberhouse.org]

12:30 - 2:00 pm

Kids love animals and Wizards love writing. This class combines them both for a ton of furry fun! We’ll compose stories, poems, tall tales and even opinion writing all about animals. We’ll also sprinkle in some fun games, musical animals, and animal charades.

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 Graders

A Travel in Time with Cindy Thomson [SOLD OUT - To be added to the wait list, email Meg at megbrown@thurberhouse.org]

10:00 a.m. - Noon

Who says all stories have to be present day? You will create a time traveler who jumps from today to the time of the Pilgrims or even The Civil War. Or create a character from the past and send him/her to the present day. We will use our imaginations to write stories and explore all the craziness that could happen!

Cindy Thomson is the author of eight books. She also writes genealogy articles, and short stories for Clubhouse Magazine.

Cartooning 101 with Ginny Baughman  [SOLD OUT - To be added to the wait list, email Meg at megbrown@thurberhouse.org]

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Did you know that cartooning is essentially telling stories with pictures? In this class, you will get to try your hand at flip books, cartoon strips, and even making your own graphic novel. No drawing experience needed, you just need your imagination.

Ginny Baughman is a local artist and teacher whose art can be found in murals around Columbus.


6/7/8 Graders

Write Your Book! with Jody Casella [SOLD OUT - To be added to the wait list, email Meg at megbrown@thurberhouse.org]

10:00 a.m. - Noon

We all have a story we are eager to tell… but how do we begin? How do we keep writing when we’ve hit a wall? If you are looking to get that book that is stuck in your head, down on paper, this is the class for you. There will be tons of tips and activities for you to get from beginning to The End!

Jody Casella is a Young Adult author and a teacher of writing and revision classes all ages.

Stoked About Steampunk with Kathy Matthews and Dan Mushalko [SOLD OUT - To be added to the wait list, email Meg at megbrown@thurberhouse.org]

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Imagine a world where men wear top hats, women wear long dresses and gloves, airships float above the towers, and computers are powered by steam. That’s Steampunk – the imaginative intersection where fantasy, science fiction, and history meet. Join us for this very interactive writing workshop that just might have you role playing your character, too. 

Kathy Matthews is a freelance writer and Dan Mushalko is operations manager at WCBE radio. They’ve 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.