I will be teaching a couple workshops this spring for both adults and teens as well as giving a public reading of an excerpt of my short story, “The Girl In Orange” which is written from my experience with the teens at Denney Juvenile Justice Center poetry workshop.
Spunky, Daring and Brave: Writing Characters for Children’s Books
She’s spunky, daring and brave. He’s imaginative, fearless and smart. Who are these characters we love in children’s chapter books, middle grade and young adult novels? And how do we create a character who is so irresistible, young readers won’t want the story to end? In this class we’ll explore what makes us love the child character by finding a character’s voice through writing character monologues, exploring their hiding spaces with setting maps and discovering their secrets to success by brainstorming possibilities for sequels and spin-off stories. Students will leave with a spunky child character ready to jump into a story and multiple story ideas for that character.
May 12 and May 19. 1:00-3:00 p.m. Schack Art Center, Everett, WA. Register here
Slam, Jam Poetry Workshop: A Writing Workshop for Tweens and Teens
Join us in this interactive workshop where we write poetry about people, places and events which fire us up, inspire and fuel our deepest hopes and dreams. We’ll explore how to take a poem from it’s raw form and turn it into something which can be performed for an audience at a poetry slam. The workshop includes both writing and coaching for the slam contest which will take place on Saturday, April 23 at the library.
April 2, 1:00-3:30 p.m., Redmond Public Library. Free.
Public Reading of “Girl in Orange”
Also, my short story, “Girl in Orange” was accepted for publication with Rain Literary Magazine which is produced by students at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon. The short story was drawn from my experience running a poetry workshop at Denney Juvenile Justice Center. A public reading will be held on May 20, 2016 at Clatsop Community College.