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Whether your child is a confident writer or struggles to get their ideas down on the page, The Story Room has something for everyone. Our relaxed workshop approach nurtures and inspires young writers, enabling them to think creatively and to develop their writing skills. Our tutors and workshop leaders are writers who passionately believe in the benefits of writing for all. We understand the difficulties that a writer faces in communicating their creative thoughts effectively and this enables us to work with children of all writing levels.
We love what we do and are forever on the hunt for new story-writing ideas for our writers!
Our broad range of activities are for children aged 5-16 years old. We run holiday workshops, term-time writing clubs, bespoke writing workshops, children’s birthday parties, author workshops and book clubs.
The Story Room is currently in Winchmore Hill N21 and online.
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CLUB Online/Face to Face Year group Time Dates Spaces? Helpful for entrance exams Website Link Junior Writers’ Club online 3 to 6 (children are put into age groups) 2pm to 4pm Most Saturdays throughout the year. (£30.00 per session or four sessions for £112.00) Yes Yes. We work on writing skills. https://www.storyroom.co.uk/writing-clubs-for-7-to-11-year-olds/ Young Writers’ Club online 1, 2 and 3 …
Review by Dalila Letaief DRAW WITH ROB Amazing Animals Author: Rob Biddulph Illustrator: Rob Biddulph Publisher: HarperCollins GB, £7.99 Publication Date: 4th August 2022 Format: Paperback ISBN: 978-0008479015 For ages: 4-10 Type: Drawing Book You might be familiar with Draw with Rob the YouTube videos, well known for keeping many of us busy during Covid and lockdown. I do remember having fun doing these tutorials. Since the …
Ten years ago (in May – I thought it was June!) I started The Story Room. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that it would grow into what it is today! I am super proud of what we have all achieved – and by ‘all’ I mean our workshop leaders, everyone who has ever sent their children to …
Der Parents, To celebrate our 10th anniversary here are 10 words associated with CELEBRATION for your 11-plus child: Annual – it happens once a year Auspicious – fortunate or favourable Commemoration – a celebration of or a reminder of some past event or person Celebrant – someone who performs a religious ceremony Impromptu – done without any rehearsal or planning/preparation …
Tuesday 25th July CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR 1,2,3 CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR 4,5,6 A WORLD OF WORDS Today we are going to have fun with alliteration. We will look at how it can enhance poetry and stories and just be fabulous fun too. Tantalised by the theme? Then tune in for some for truly terrific tales. Thursday 27th July CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR …
Even though we are nearing the end of the academic year, it is still worth starting our clubs as you can give the children the reading and writing bug for the summer holidays! Club Name Online or in person Year Group Time Dates Do we have spaces? Good for entrance exams? Junior Writers’ Club online 3 to 6 (children …
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Creativity is at the core of reading and writing, at the heart of speaking and listening. So our range of Creative Literacy programmes offers pupils opportunities to explore and experiment with words in different contexts - and appreciate how effective spelling, punctuation and grammar act as the very foundations of language and communication.
Experiential, exciting and empowering, our imaginative and cross-curricular approaches harness tried and trusted approaches from the worlds of drama, visual art and creative writing and are all rooted in the Curriculum. Approaches specifically developed to support EYFS - KS2 / P1 - P7 children in developing their reading and writing skills – and to boost motivation, build on existing knowledge and enhance progression.
School Workshops during 2023
In-person literacy workshops.
Engaging and Exciting Literacy workshops delivered in your school. Many of which are available for a whole-school in one day! Please get in touch to discuss how we could work in your school.
Live Streamed Workshops
Enjoy one of our Shakespeare, Poetry or Literacy workshops live streamed into your classrooms by one of our expert team of practitioners. Bookings can be for a half or full day and we're happy to deliver these sessions over whichever digital platform your school is using.
Literacy Teaching Resource Package
Teaching Resource packages allowing you to deliver a whole-school Literacy "wow" day! packs include: A Visit from Bookman and The Extraordinary Adventures of Fillolog
Bring the whole-school together to celebrate World Book Day , Shakespeare Week , Storytelling Week or National Poetry Day with one of our inspiring Literacy workshops!
These workshops can last between 30 and 90-minutes, depending on the number of classes you would like to take part – and, as they can lead to poems on any subject of your choice, they provide a fantastic way of linking poetry to other areas of the curriculum! After exploring what makes a poem a poem, and the subject of theirs, pupils will be guided through an activity designed to support them in developing their ideas. Experimenting with rhyme and rhythm, they’ll then get the opportunity to write their own poems. Younger children will contribute to some collaborative poetry – with older pupils composing their own verses! And, for extra flexibility, workshops can be streamed into classrooms and/or pupils’ homes.
Spotlight on Shakespeare
Our passion for Shakespeare shines through in our exciting and highly participatory workshops - suitable even for very young children. And, lending pupils our “actor’s eye view” of the plays, our workshops see them up on their feet, telling the story of your chosen play themselves, through a series of carefully structured drama activities. Never afraid to dive into the original text, we explore the backstories of Shakespeare’s characters, how those characters drive his plots - and how all the different elements join together.
Our Shakespeare programmes will this year also be available as live, streamed workshops, making sure that pupils can still learn about and enjoy Shakespeare’s plays – even in this “winter of discontent”. Offering a uniquely “actor’s eye view”, the approaches adopted in Streaming Shakespeare work with any of the texts, exploring a play’s backstory, key themes and principal players. These workshops can last between 30 and 90-minutes, depending on the number of classes you would like to take part - and, in longer sessions, pupils can be introduced to a framework and technique for writing poems about their favourite characters!
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Introducing Shakespeare: The ideal way for your students to begin to get to know both the man and his works, Introducing Shakespeare gives an actor's perspective on the writer and the writing
Spotlight on Shakespeare: This experiential and highly active workshop sees pupils being introduced to a number of drama activities and approaches as we take them right through the play, exploring the backstory, meeting the main characters and bringing key moments to life.
Teacher CPD - Top Tips for Shakespeare: Our hugely successful Shakespeare CPD events for teachers take active approaches to exploring ways of working with the Bard with children of all ages. Get in touch if you’d like to find out more – or to book an event at your own school.
Exploring (depending on age, focus and time): backstories, narrative structure, characterisation, cause and effect, simple stagecraft, the roles of verse and prose, iambic pentameter, the power of metaphor, theatre history, “hidden stage directions”, Shakespearean conventions.
Duration: 1 hour – 1 day, depending on focus and number of classes.
"Every year, Jackson baffles me with his energy and passion. His in-depth knowledge of the play, his enthusiasm and professionalism is outstanding. As he talks about himself too, and all the actors he’s worked with and all the plays he’s done, the children are in awe of him. The children in our year love it every year and we will be booking for next year very soon." Hasland Junior School
"Huge thanks to Jo and all the team at As Creatives - the schools in our Manchester Hub have been delighted with the workshops. You have delivered some amazing sessions (as always!). Thank you so much for all your hard work - we really do love working with As Creatives!" Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
View our full range of Shakespeare workshops here
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A Visit from Bookman
Bryan Bukman is a contented librarian who, with the help of his friend Betty, can transform himself into homemade superhero Bookman – with the power to bring stories to life! Unfortunately, though, there’s just one blot on the landscape … The village grump, hates anything that sparks people’s imaginations – and that includes books! He’s managed to wipe Bookman’s memory clean of all the stories he knew and loved – which is causing no end of trouble. Bookman needs the children to help him begin rebuilding his memory … and regain his superpower! We can plan a timetable that allows up to 7 classes to take part in just one day!
The Extraordinary Adventures of Fillolog! (also available as teaching resource pack from ( www.ascreativesconnect.com )
Whatever book our friend Vistie was reading as a little girl (and she read a lot of them!), it always featured Fillolog, an extraordinary creature with an extraordinary appetite for stories. They were there in the forest, as she read of wolves, owls and eagles. They were there in the sea as she devoured tales of pirates, shipwrecks and treasure islands. And they were there in the distance as she read of adventure, action and mystery. Fillolog also had their own story to tell - but now that Vistie has got older, it’s faded to the back of her memory. And that’s where you come in! Because you and your pupils have the chance to help her by writing a unique and extraordinary whole-school story - with Fillolog at its heart!
The Extraordinary Adventures of Fillolog can accommodate the whole of up to a two-form entry in a single day*, comprising an interactive assembly, workshops (one per year group) and follow-up literacy activities designed to put flesh on the bones of the story.
The workshops see children participating in related and age-appropriate drama-based activities before working together to solve literary clues revealing key aspects of Fillolog’s story.
- Nursery children (where appropriate) will be the Locksmiths - literally looking for the key to the story …
- Reception classes/P1, the Story Openers - discovering where the adventure starts …
- Year 1 pupils/P2 – the Explorers - will want to know where the Secret Doorway leads …
- Year 2/P3, the Friend Makers will provide a companion for Fillolog …
- Year 3/P4 classes will be the Questors , searching for an object vital to the success of the story …
- Year 4/P5 pupils, the Intrepids , will need to unravel the threads to discover the problem that Fillolog and their friend will face …
- Year 5/P6 children – the Problem Solvers – will be helping Fillolog overcome the challenge they’re faced with …
- Year 6/P7 classes, the Bridgers , will provide a bridge to the next part of the story by finding a cliffhanger ending to the tale so far!
Poetry Assemblies for Schools
Assemblies are a great way, of course, of launching your National Poetry Day celebrations - and ours are guaranteed to create a real buzz about the wonder of words! So we're happy to lead whole-school poetry assemblies at the start of a day of any of our poetry workshops, sharing some of our favourite verses and providing opportunities for pupils to join in - and all at no extra cost!
View our full range of poetry programmes here
A Celebration in Rhyme
Working with up to 420 children to create and perform a School Poem in just one day!
A celebration in Rhyme has been developed to help celebrate the stories your pupils love in verse - by writing and performing a collaborative School Poem in just a single day! After a quick assembly sharing our love of poetry and issuing the overall challenge, children will participate in collaborative writing workshops, usually for a year group at a time. Using our unique “RunAround” methodology, KS2 classes will choose the themes and content, creating the lines as they go - with EYFS and KS1 providing the chorus. And the outcome? A beautifully crafted poem extolling the wonder of stories that’s unique to your school - and that will get its very first performance at a second, celebratory assembly at the end of the day!
Those pupils who said they don’t like poetry will be writing furiously at the end of this magical workshop. Realising the power of “sound”, they’ll design and perform contrasting soundscapes on a text or theme of your choice – then be guided through a structure that will help them create poems that tell both individual and collective stories.
Longer workshops will see them gaining experience in presentation skills as we support them in exploring the most effective ways to deliver their poems vocally.
Exploring (according to age): onomatopoeia, alliteration, descriptive writing, contrasts, rhythm, tone, pace.
Duration: 1½ - 2½ hours, depending on how many classes.
“The poems look amazing and I am really excited to send these home with the children who took part in the workshop. The day was a huge success and all of the pupils have commented how fantastic it was. Similarly, the teachers really enjoyed the CPD. Thank you again for such a wonderful experience.” Mapledene School
What would the world look like from the point of view of a Roman Legion’s eagle figurehead? How would it sound to the gravestone that William trips over at the start of “Goodnight Mr Tom”? What would be the memories of Stonehenge? And what might the clock on your classroom wall dream of as it gazes down on all the learning below? This highly imaginative and interactive workshop allows children to harvest the fruits of both their own and their classmates’ imaginations as they explore notions of empathy to construct some uniquely moving poetry. Longer workshops will see them gaining experience in presentation skills as we support them in exploring the most effective ways to deliver their poems vocally.
Exploring (according to age): empathy, personification, subtext, descriptive writing, contrasts, rhythm, tone, pace.
Duration: 1 - 2 hours, depending on how many classes.
"The students, particularly those who don't normally enjoy reading, found a new way to look at stories. They also loved the active trail which was part of the families session." St Peter's Catholic Primary School
From tiny acorns … great verses grow …
Every tree starts as a seed – a seed that germinates and flourishes. And every poem starts with an idea – an idea that finds its form in words. In both cases, the journey to fruition is an organic one. And while neither topiarist nor poet can know what the final outcome will be until it’s there in all it’s glory, they both shape and prune their creations carefully.
This enchanting workshop supports children and young people in appreciating how a poem evolves from the pen of its writer – and offers them scaffolds allowing ideas and words to take root and grow. We’ll provide them with stimuli to start the process off, enable them to think structurally as they begin to piece their poems together – and emphasise the role that “choice” plays in poetry as they select the words, phrases, similes, metaphors and personifications that best suit their needs.
Suitable for: KS1 – KS3
Duration: 60minutes – half a day
Exploring (according to age): descriptive writing, connection-making, simile, metaphor, poetic structure.
Across both the centuries and the continents, poets have taken inspiration from the outdoor world. And this intriguing workshop gives your children the chance to do the same! Using your own school grounds as a resource in themselves, we'll guide pupils through a process enabling them to see ordinary things in extraordinary ways - and weave magical tapestries of words.
“Thank you again for your work with Year 2 and Year 4. We’ll get loads of writing out of this - and will definitely be contacting you in the future for further work!” The Beacon Primary
“The children loved the workshops. There was a fantastic buzz around the school and as children left their session they said how much fun the session was. Ady was so enthusiastic, passionate and positive - it was infectious!" Bookman workshops at The Willows School
Family Literacy (add-on session at the end of the day)
We all know how much family support benefits children's learning. So, our Family Literacy workshops have been specifically developed to gain and cement that support by offering a fun and friendly environment in which parents/carers work alongside their children on activities designed to highlight the joys to be found in books and stories! And, by tackling our Best Books Trail , they'll discover just how much they actually know about the wonderful characters that only exist in their pages! Carefully structured drama activities will support participants to further explore some of these and choral speaking reminds all involved of the playful pleasure in the spoken word.
Family Literacy workshops are available in a range of formats - but if you book one at the end of a day of workshops with pupils, we'll be happy to offer you a healthy discount!
"The families loved the after-school workshop (Literacy Trail), enjoying time with their children." St Peter's Catholic Primary School
Purposeful Writing – With Pirates! - Character Visit
It’s widely recognised that people write best from experience – and this applies just as much to children as to adults, of course. So this colourful programme places pupils at the heart of a fictional world when they receive a surprise visit from our friendly pirate, Captain Morgan – who needs their help in recruiting new crew members for his ship. After meeting everyone at an assembly, the Captain will work with each year group at a time – in workshops that prepare for pupils for writing to entertain, writing to inform, writing to persuade or writing to discuss (the choice is yours). And as they return to class, he’ll throw down a Writing Challenge to help him overcome his problems.
Suitable for: EYFS - Year 6. Up to 60 children at a time
Exploring: speaking and listening; writing to entertain (poetry, short stories, play scripts), writing to inform (recipes, job descriptions, risk assessments), writing to persuade (speeches, advertising campaigns) or writing to discuss (reports for The Pirate Panel).
"The writing tasks were challenging - but the children were enthused by the approaches used!” Holy Family Primary
World Book Day
World Book Day celebrates the joy and value of books and reading – and we’ve put together an exciting portfolio of programmes that does just that! No-one is ever too young, too old or too cool to enjoy a journey with books and stories, so our drama and visual arts workshops have been carefully developed to promote a lifelong love of reading. And, whether you’re looking for a character visit, an opportunity to learn more about well-loved characters through drawing and illustration or some magical ways of inspiring pupils to tell their own tales, you’ll find something to suit you here!
View the full list of World Book Day workshops here
The Book Review Competition at Little Podmore Library received record entries this year – but someone snuck in before judging was complete, and jumbled up all the entries! In a series of age-differentiated workshops, we’ll be asking your children to indulge in a frenzy of connection-making, using their knowledge of a range of well-loved tales to make sense of it all!
CSI: Reading Skills
Pupils who tell us they don’t like “reading” are always amazed when they realise quite how much skillful reading they’ve accomplished by the end of this fun and busy workshop. From inference and deduction to skimming and scanning, from previewing to predicting and from context to content, CSI: Reading Skills makes no bones in drawing connections between the everyday skills required to interpret infographics and play computer games and those required to delve into more formal texts.
Specifically designed to support pupils in making those connections between different ways of “reading”, CSI: Reading Skills sees them working in small teams to help out in a time of national emergency – because a briefcase containing some Top Secret plans was discovered on the 8.42 to Little Padworth, destined for an Enemy Power. The only clues to the identity of the traitor are to be found in a pile of old train tickets, recipe, book reviews and faded photographs. If “read” correctly, however, they’ll allow the pupils to discover who took the plans and why. KS1 pupils will travel to Storyland and use their reading skills to work out who it is that's been sending secret messages to the Big Bad Wolf!
Suitable for: Years 1 - 6 (up to 30 students at a time)
Exploring: generic and transferable “reading” skills; the roles of speculation, inference and deduction in reading.
Duration: 1½ hours – half a day.
CSI: Reading Skills - The Sequel!
Developed by popular demand for schools who have already enjoyed and benefitted from CSI: Reading Skills, this engaging workshop sees students reacquainting themselves with the secret agents they've already investigated. This time, though, there's a plum job going - but only one of them can get it! Confronted with some of the candidates' work, students will need to recall their knowledge of famous books and authors, analyse spelling, read for context and use their powers of inference and deduction to decide which of them should be rewarded.
The Great Grammar Adventure!
An energetic way to actively explore spelling, punctuation and grammar!
We've spent some time perfecting the recipe, experimenting with different ingredients and trying a range of ways of blending them together. So The Great Grammar Adventure gives pupils a unique environment in which to practice and explore spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Chef Grantham Grant makes the perfect Spaghetti Bolognese - but needs to brush up on SPAG skills to get it on the menu. In a series of fast-paced challenges, children will have opportunities to practice and show off their understanding of SPAG - and to help Grantham stop making such a meal of it all!
Exploring (according to age): Spelling, punctuation, capitalisation, paragraphs, nouns, pronouns, noun phrases, verbs, modal verbs, adjectives, adverbs, fronted adverbials, prepositions, verb prefixes, suffixes, connectives, conjunctions, clauses, subordinate clauses, possession, tenses (including present perfect), cohesive devices.
Suitable For: KS1, KS2
Duration: 60 minutes - half a day
How does a cover make you want to open the book? Through exploring this question, children will create their own unique bookplates – each one representing a hybrid of two of their favourite works!
Suitable for: Years 1 - 6
Exploring: Characterisation, prior knowledge, creative thinking and fine motor skills.
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World Book Day Workshops and Visits
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"The workshop was completely relevant to our work on anti-bullying... All the activities were brilliant and the children loved them. The activities all suited different types of learners and the children were all fully engaged. The facilitator was absolutely brilliant. Her behaviour management of the children was fantastic and she held their attention superbly. I honestly can’t think of a way to improve it – it was perfect for our children."
Creative Writing workshops
Imaginative creative writing workshops for KS1 & KS2
I have been writing stories for my own use and for heritage settings for many years and I love sharing my practise with pupils to help them develop their own creative writing and poetry skills.
I offer a range of imaginative creative writing workshops which not only support teaching NC English and History for KS1 & KS2 but also develop your pupils as writers. Sessions are tailored for individual year groups, to ensure they meet the requirements of particular key stages and subjects. Some sessions can be adapted to be taught online and I can also create a bespoke creative writing session for you - contact me to discuss your requirements.
Hear my voice (KS1 & KS2)
This workshop takes a historical artefact, photograph or document as inspiration to create stories and poetry. You choose the time period and/or the object and I create the activities but, typically, workshops include a mixture of story writing, creative artefact labels, poetry and kennings (subject to time and age).
This workshop can be tailored so it is delivered as either a half or full day per class, or it can be delivered over several sessions - either in school or online. (If delivered online or over a series of sessions in school I provide follow up work to do between sessions.)
Contact me for costs and to discuss your workshop.
The gallery below shows examples from some of my workshops:
Amazing object label inspired by a replica Anglo-Saxon brooch
Brainstorming poetry ideas in the classroom
Kennings written on Anglo-Saxon helmets form part of a class exhibition
Amazing object label inspired by a replica Anglo-Saxon belt
Developing amazing object labels into stories
Using artefacts to inspire writing
Creating post-it note Kennings in a Captain Cook writing workshop
Historical artefact used in a poetry workshop
Wild Words (KS1 & KS2)
Inspired by books such as The Lost Words, The Lost Spells and Wild Child, this workshop explores the natural world to create stories and poetry. It can be tailored to suit the surrounding area of your school (sea, woods, park, etc) and I provide a range of resources to inspire pupils' writing.
Typically, workshops include a mixture of story writing, creative artefact labels, printing, poetry and kennings (subject to time and age).
This workshop can be tailored so it is delivered as a full day per class, or it can be delivered over several sessions - either in school or online. (If delivered online or over a series of sessions in school I provide follow up work to do between sessions.)
Gathering inspiration in a wood local to school
Mini poem attached to a jar of found objects
Collecting rainwater for a poetry jar
Using our senses to inspire writing
Playing with words and sounds to generate ideas
Planning mini poems onsite
Attaching initial poetry ideas to a jar of found objects onsite
Exhibition of cinquain poems and labels inspired by the natural world near school
Lost Property Tales (KS1 & KS2)
The Lost Property Office has a very strange collection of bags and boxes and each one tells an amazing story! You might see a briefcase with Top Secret files, a beautiful bag with strange eggs inside or a locked tin containing its owner's most precious belongings.
I bring a range of weird and wonderful objects from Lost Property Tales into school to inspire pupils to create stories about the owners of each bag, or box, as well as imagine what their journeys and lives were like. We will brainstorm ideas together and I will use one set of ideas to create a mini story on the spot. Pupils will then plot their own stories.
This workshop can be tailored so it is delivered as either a half or full day per class.
The gallery below shows some images from Lost Property Tales:
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The Great Fire of London writing workshop (KS1-KS2)
Get your students writing about the Great Fire of London with a workshop and assembly from Creative Writing Club founder Robin Price. Robin is the author of 15 children's books including the Spartapuss series . He's currently working on a new title about the Great Fire of London.
Get pupils engaged and ready to write with a class assembly about The Great Fire of London. It's fun and interactive. Your class will visit Pudding Lane – where the fire started, find out about Mayor Thomas Bloodworth's big mistake, and discover how in 1666 gunpowder was an important took for stopping fire! We'll meet the famous diarist Samuel Pepys and find out what happened to the Parmesan cheese that he buried in his garden. Plus: take part in a bucket gang and check out a Stuart period fire engine.
Write about the Great Fire
After the assembly pupils will be primed and ready to write their stories in pairs using Creative Writing Club's clever Egyptian writing materials and interactive app . You can keep it realistic or younger children might enjoy to write a story about animals escaping from the fire. Robin will pass on some practical techniques to improve the stories. The hour long workshop ends with the pupils reading out their work on the microphone.
Feedback from teachers:
“Robin’s assembly was a fantastic combination of facts, story telling and knockabout comedy, that, whilst entertaining the whole school, also cunningly prepared the ground for their own story writing…”
“Robin’s sessions not only gave children a structure for planning a story, but really excited and inspired them so that they couldn’t wait to get writing!” Richard Smith, Deputy Head, Trafalgar School
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To inquire about this workshop call Yvonne Lang on 01535 656015 ext 9850 or
The Great Fire of London is one of 50 workshops and themed assemblies that you can choose when you bring Creative Writing Club to your school. Popular topics include: the Bronze age, the Celts, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans , the Anglo Saxons, Boudicca, the Normans, the Stone Age, the Tudors, Mary Seacole, the Victorians, WW1 and WW2. We also run workshops on Shakespeare and Fairytales .
To discuss your requirements call Yvonne Lang on 01535 656015 ext 9850 or
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Enhance your skills and deepen your work through these focused writing workshops. While the Poets House space is still closed for construction, workshops will take place remotely on Zoom. The link will be sent, along with any documents to be previewed, in advance of the workshop date.
3-Hour Workshops: $105 ($90 for members)
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Remote 3-Hour Workshop: Julia Guez: Mapping Our Poems
Nov 18: starting with a word, phrase, or lines from another book of poetry, Julia Guez helps us map our poems, feelings, rhythms, and syntaxes.
Remote 6-Week Workshop: Susan Comninos: The Mythic “I”
Nov 28-Jan 9: In this six-week reading, writing, and discussion course—explore the creation of speakers who are virtuous, special—and not quite real.
Remote 6-Week Workshop: David M. Perkins: The Art of it All
Nov 26 – Jan 7: David M. Perkins leads a 6-week craft-based, hands-on workshop: bring your own poems—and bring a scalpel to dissect what works in a poem.
All are welcome, space is limited. Please email [email protected] with any questions.
Remote 3-Hour Workshop: Kwame Dawes: Against the “Line-break”
Dec 3: Kwame Dawes explores the possibilities inherent in thinking of the poetic line as a key source of great possibility and meaning in the poem.
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Dec 2: Brian Turner focuses on dreamscapes, poems of the underworld within, & that state where language and image meld as story gives way to song.
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Kay Ulanday Barrett delves into Disabled poetics and Crip Ecologies in their many hybrid, justice-informed, climate-aware, and multi-approach radiances.
Remote 3-Hour Workshop: Anastacia-Renee: Crying Out Loud
Dec 9: examine overarching themes, hybridity, historical nuances, techniques, and writing with Anastacia-Renee.
In-person workshops are held at Poets House, 10 River Terrace in lower Manhattan (corner of Murray Street and River Terrace in Battery Park City). Please check-in at the Welcome desk in the Atrium, where you will be directed to your workshop. Be kind, arrive on time.
In-Person 4-Week Workshop: Estha Weiner: There Are People Out There
Jan 6 – Jan 27: Esta Weiner leads us as we read our work aloud. We’ll listen, discuss, and offer helpful responses. How do you serve your audience?
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Jan 25-Feb 29: Keisha-Gaye Anderson teaches techniques for better listening and creating clearer channels for your intelligence to really shine through.
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Jan 24 – Mar 6: Neil Shepard takes us from first draft to final poem, with strategies for unlocking the full potential of content and form.
Remote 3-Hour Workshop: Kelly Weber: Songlike as a Snake
In this generative session, we will examine and discuss contemporary poetic series and sequences such as the sonnet crown and the serial poem.
4-week workshop: christopher rey pérez: heart tattoos.
Christopher Rey Pérez starts with the tat-tat of pen on paper, looking at marks, figures, designs, words, and using the body as a record.
Open to all levels, six-week courses are offered on a wide variety of topics. Register early—first come, first serve.
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Remote 6-Week Workshop: Sarah Stern: Poetry and Its Forms II
6 Thurs: Nov 9-Dec 21: Learn the rules then break them in the second iteration of this interactive and supportive workshop with Sarah Stern.
Free Online Video Workshops
While the Poets House space is still closed for construction, please check out these past workshops, and check back later for more free online workshop offerings!
10*10*10: Free Video Workshops with Dave Johnson
Join Dave Johnson at 10am to write a new poem in only 10 minutes. We’ll present a new video every weekday for 10 days. For teens to adults. Free!
10*10*10*2: Daily Free Video Workshops with Dave Johnson: Second Series
Starting Monday, April 20. 10AM, Dave Johnson is back for 2 more weeks of free video workshops. Write 10 new poems in 10 days, weekdays at 10AM!
Advanced Workshops offer advanced writers of poetry an opportunity to work intensively with some of the most respected poets of our time. An application of three poems is required, sent through Submittable ; space is limited.
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- Refunds will not be issued after the following deadlines, regardless of participation. For Six-Week Workshops: tuition (less processing fee) is refundable until the second class meeting. For Advanced, One-day, or 3-Hour Workshops: refund requests must be made at least 24 hours prior to the first meeting.
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- Six registrants are required in order for a class to run. If a course fails to meet the minimum registration, it will be cancelled and full tuition will be refunded to all registrants.
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My Lunch is Alive! KS2 creative writing resource
Subject: Art and design
Age range: 7-11
Resource type: Lesson (complete)
27 April 2018
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