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Writing Wizards

Writing WizardsGrab your wizard hat and favorite journal because it's time for Writing Wizards! We're setting off on adventures, diving into poetry, destroying societies, solving grand mysteries, and more. Join our enthusiastic teachers and check your writer's block at the door because we are about to have some fun writing! Check out our offerings this winter and register today.

Writing Wizards workshops, for students in grades 2-8, will meet each Saturday from February 6 through March 5, 2016, 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 15th.

2/3 Graders

All About Poetry with Amy Greenberg
10:00 - 11:30 am
Oh, the places you will go, in this fun, creative and sometimes wacky, poetry class! You’ll get inspiration from your family, other poets, and maybe even pets, to create poems that you will put in your very own book to take home at the end.
Amy Greenberg is a poet and writer. She is also an Artist-in-Residence for the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Verbs are the Words! with Sarah Magill
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Nouns get all the attention, but verbs are where the action is! In this class, you will create an epic Great Big Book of Verbs and write a variety of stories inspired by everything from a game of charades to “Where’s Waldo?” to verb photo shoots.
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.

4/5 Graders

Crazy about Mythology with Linda Forte-Spearing
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Do you dream of attending Camp Half-Blood? Percy Jackson had a magic pen, and so do you! You will write your own quest, discuss Greek mythology, make shields and more. Your imagination and a fondness for creating monsters is the only requirement.
Linda Forte-Spearing is a freelance writer. She teaches after school creative writing workshops through the Dublin Community Education Program.

Planting Evidence with Valerie Cumming
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
It’s your turn to create the twists, turns, and plant the evidence that keeps the reader guessing. In this session, you will learn the ins and outs of writing mysteries from developing suspects
to where to place a red herring. There’s no mystery in why you should take this class.
Valerie Cumming is a freelance writer, teacher, and editor. She has been a Thurber House teacher for over ten years.

6/7/8 Graders

Your Hero’s Journey with Jody Casella
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Create your own characters and take them on a thrilling and breathtaking adventure. From Where the Wild Things Are to The Wizard of Oz to Harry Potter - what all of these stories have in common is a hero or heroine yearning for adventure. Learn the secrets of the timeless Hero's Journey and unlock your own exciting story.
Jody Casella is the author of the Young Adult novel, Thin Space. She teaches writing and revision classes for writers of all ages and levels.

To Be or Not to Be? with Kathy Matthews and Dan Mushalko
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
If you have an interest/obsession with destroying societies or reading about dystopian worlds, then this is for you. You will delve into the differences between utopia and dystopia and how to create your own society. Whether you want it to survive or not is up to you.
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.

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 29.  After January 29, 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 need when you register so we can prepare prior to the start of the Writing Wizards program.

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 8th and scholarship recipients will be notified by Friday, January 15th.

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


All classes are held in the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue (map). (Jefferson Avenue is one block west of where I-71 intersects with East Broad Street.)

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If you’d like to be added to our email or mailing list, please contact Erin Deel at edeel@thurberhouse.org. If you have any questions about Writing Wizards, please contact Meg Brown at megbrown@thurberhouse.org.