Sunday, September 25, 2011

Coming this Week!

Week of September 25—Magical Writing Wizards
Quote of the week:
Enter the writing process with a childlike sense of wonder and discovery. Let it surprise you.
—Charles Ghigna

Just about every Saturday between now and the end of February (with the exception of the month of December) you’ll find me leading a writing camp in a school media center, cafeteria, or multipurpose room. This will be the most ambitious schedule of writing camps I've ever undertaken, and I can’t wait!

I’ll alternate between two camp themes (based on the preferences of each school). One camp is entitled The Wonka Writing Factory and uses Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl as the mentor text. The other camp—newly developed and written—is entitled The School of Magical Writing Scribes based on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Each camp focuses on building enthusiasm and passion for writing, teaches how to gather writing ideas and plan writing, and focuses on writing crafts and elaboration strategies.

This week on Picture This! I’ll be sharing some of the resources I’ve recently developed and written for The School of Magical Writing Scribes. I hope you’ll find some inspiration in each idea and that you’ll also be learning more about the craft of writing.

Monday—Magical Scribe Chant
Tuesday—Writing Ideas Coat of Arms
Wednesday—Secrets to Specific Nouns and Vivid Verbs
Thursday—Magical Scribes Use Attributes to Add Details
Friday—Magical Sentences Come in Many Varieties

1 comment:

The Storylady said...

That sounds like so much fun! I just started writing workshops at my library, basing them off the cliffhanger stories in my book "Cliffhanger Writing Prompts." (Scholastic, 2011) You might find it helpful for breaking the ice.

Children's imaginations are so amazing! I'm consistently delighted when I get to listen to them make up something off the tops of their heads.

I'm looking forward to some good workshop tips from you this week!