Writing Wizards workshops, for students in grades 2 - 8, will meet each Saturday from February 4 through March 4, 2017, 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 13th.

2/3 Graders

A Bit of Writing Fun (SOLD OUT)
With Sarah Magill
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
From the tiniest mouse to the biggest elephant, we are going to stretch your imaginations!  We will write from short haikus to tall tales, and look for inspiration for our writing in the smallest things we see and the biggest we can envision. You'll need to bring your thinking caps and maybe a magnifying glass for this class.
Sarah Magill is a journalist by trade and has been published in national, regional and local publications. She has taught several classes at Thurber House.

Pet Diaries (SOLD OUT)
With Andra Gillum
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Create your own book! You will choose an animal and learn how to bring it to life using personification. You’ll develop a story, add your own illustrations, make the binding, and even add your author bio to the cover. On the final day of class, you will "publish" your animal book to take home.
Andra Gillum is the author of the children's books Doggy Drama and Puppy Drama.  She is a Thurber Camp teacher and visits schools to teach about the writing process.

4/5 graders

Pinkwater Paradise
With Paul Hammock
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Who says writing has to always be serious? Using author Daniel Pinkwater's stories as an inspiration, you will use silly names, unusual creatures, and zany plots to imagine your stories. A lively time awaits all participants for this creative writing adventure!
Paul Hammock is a retired school teacher who likes to use imagination and humor as tools to inspire learning. 

Happy Writer and the Cloak of Creativity (SOLD OUT)
With Matt Betts
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fight writer's block, here! You will learn secrets to magically come up with new ideas and how to use them to create stories out of thin air. Each hands-on session will focus on a new technique for brainstorming story or character ideas. The only magic items you need are scrolls and wands but paper and pencil work, too.
Matt Betts is the author of multiple poetry collections as well as the Steampunk novel Odd Men Out. He's also a Thurber Summer Writing Camp teacher.

6th-8th graders

Writers' Workshop (SOLD OUT)
With Valerie Cumming
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Are you a serious writer who has been struggling with a short story, essay, or poem? Looking for some friendly, helpful feedback? Then this is the class for you! We will spend time reading each others' work, offering encouragement, and gentle suggestions for improvement. Have fun, learn a lot about writing, and enjoy all of the benefits a supportive writing group can offer.
Valerie Cumming is a freelance writer who has been teaching at Thurber House for many years. She has also sat through more than her fair share of writing workshops!

Writing for the Gods (SOLD OUT)
With Kathy Matthews and Dan Mushalko
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
From Percy Jackson to Thor, ancient gods are popular everywhere. Why? We will look at the "real" gods from ancient mythologies, create our own pantheon of modern ones, and along the way, you’ll craft tales of the gods - both old and new. This class thinks outside the box and often has group work that may include role playing!
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.

Registration for the 2016 Writing Wizards workshops has closed. Please call or email Jessica Sarber at 614-464-1032 ext. 13 or jsarber@thurberhouse.org with any inquiries about late registration.


Tuition is $90 for 2/3 grade classes and $100 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 $8 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 $8 non-refundable registration fee ($53 for grades 2-3, $58 for grades 4-8).  Applications and fees must be received by Friday, January 6th and scholarship recipients will be notified by Friday, January 13th.

Full tuition, minus the $8 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 27.  After January 27, 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.


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