Pen & Tell It!

It's time to PEN AND TELL IT! We have a whole new set of workshops jampacked with new teachers, new ways to look at writing, and new stories waiting to be told. 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 and 3rd grade; $25 for 4th-8th grade. Families can mix and match classes, but please fill out a separate form for each student. Please note the date and times of classes as they vary. The registration deadline is Monday, October 28.

Questions or problems with registration? Contact Elizabeth Falter at or 614-464-1032, ext. 13

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2/3 Grade

What's Your Fortune?
Sunday, November 3; 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Try your luck with our version of fortune telling! Pick a fortune from the treasure box and get inspired to write a poem or a story. Tempt fate by combining more than one—what crazy plots can you bring to life?

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.

Shopping Cart Adventures
Sunday, November 10; 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Grocery stores are boring, but not today! You’ll create your own store with whatever items you want, imagine who shops there, and then put them in situations with special “shopping lists” and adventures. Will your character survive their trip to the store?!

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.


4/5 Grade

Mind. Body. Pencil.
Sunday, November 3; 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Take down writers’ block once and for all! We’re combining basic yoga poses and writing to help you “unblock” yourself when you feel stuck in your writing. You’ll move, create, and even write stories about some of the yoga poses like downward dog and arched cat. NO YOGA MATS or EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.

Instructor: Linda Baird is a freelance writer, educator, and certified yoga and meditation teacher living in Columbus. She is a regular contributor to 614 Magazine, where she writes about interesting things going on around town. She has been writing for as long as she can remember and practicing yoga for 20 years.

Ahoy, Writers!
Sunday, November 10; 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Arrrr, you ready for some writing fun? Join us for a day of swashbuckling adventures on the high seas. You will learn about pirates and mermaids, write your own stories, make treasure maps, and more.

Instructor: Professional writer Linda Forte-Spearing, a pirate AND a mermaid herself, will do anything to get seafaring children to read and write. She has taught camp, Writing Wizards, and other Thurber classes for years and she looks forward to leading enthusiastic writers on this maritime adventure.

Epic Story Scrolls
Sunday, November 17; 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Discover the art of Chinese story scrolls, where a long panel is illustrated to reveal a story as it is unrolled. You will use paint, fabric, and other embellishments to illustrate and write an adventure, a monumental event, or a story you invented. Whatever you decide, it will be epic!

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

Creepy Campfire Tales
Sunday, November 3; 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Have you ever heard a rumor so spooky that it made your spine tingle? In honor of Spooky Season, we are going to create, pen, and illustrate our own urban legends using a fun and slightly sinister recipe that just might have you spooking yourself.

Instructor: Martha Bove is a teacher, poet and local artist/calligrapher who has an MFA in Writing from Pacific University and is obsessed with her nieces & nephew, the ocean, and music.

See Your Name in Print
Sunday, November 10; 1:00-3:30 p.m.

It can be hard getting published and we’re here to help. In this session, you will learn about some of the publishing opportunities for kids, practice writing a piece, and get the tools you need to submit your work taught by a published author who has been where you are.

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.

Sunday, November 17; 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Curses, like rules, are made to be broken. We’ll explore folklore and folktales to concoct our own spells with their own system of punishment and rewards, and see if our characters can survive the day.

Instructor: Justin Martin is a writer, a graduate from Kenyon College with a BA in English, has been a Thurber summer camp counselor for three years, and is a former Thurber camp student himself!

Thanks to the Greater Columbus Arts Council; the Bette Wallach Fund for Columbus, the Charlotte R. Haller Fund, and the Ingram-White Castle Foundation of The Columbus Foundation; and the Ohio Arts Council for their support of this program.