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Writing Wizards

Writing Wizards

Writing Wizards 2014

It’s time to let your imaginations soar and sharpen your creativity as you explore all types of writing! Writing Wizards is back in action with new classes and teachers eager to share their passion for writing with you. We range from idea hunting to script writing to science fiction. We have everything a young, budding author could want! Writing Wizards workshops are for students in grades 2-8, will meet each Saturday from January 25 to February 22, 2014, and are limited to 15 students per workshop.

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and the deadline to register is Friday, January 10th.
Click here to register online for Writing Wizards.
Click here to download a printable registration form.

The deadline for registration has passed. If you would like to inquire about availability or be put on a wait list, please contact Katie Poole at kpoole@thurberhouse.org. 

2/3 Graders 
Giants of Publishing
With Sarah Magill
10:00-11:30 am; $90
THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT. Please contact Katie Poole at kpoole@thurberhouse.org to be placed on a wait list. 
Your head better be ready to wear many different hats, because in the Thurber Publishing Company you are going to be the writer, illustrator, designer and editor of your own picture book. You’ll have your own copy to take home but not before we showcase it at our book launch party on the last day.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.

Treasure Hunt for Poems
With Amy Greenberg
12:30 – 2 p.m.; $90
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! Channel your inner poet in this class where you’ll grab inspiration from all over including famous poets, your senses, your family and friends, and maybe even a Lorax. By the end you will have your very own anthology. This class is even better than green eggs and ham! Amy Greenberg is a poet, translator and writer. She has been an Artist in Residence for the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council for nearly twenty years.

4/5 graders
Plot Twists
With Paul Hammock
10:00 a.m. – noon; 
THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT. Please contact Katie Poole at kpoole@thurberhouse.org to be placed on a wait list. 
Everyone loves a good twist in a story and this makes for a great page-turner. In this you’ll warm up your brains with puzzles and codes and move into creating stories with twists and turns of your own. Only you will know how the stories end and how you get there. Retired language arts teacher, Paul Hammock, is a fan of Daniel Pinkwater’s works, which inspire his creative approaches to writing.

Shakespeare in a Tutu?
With Ashley Fournier
1:00-3:00 p.m.; 
THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT. Please contact Katie Poole at kpoole@thurberhouse.org to be placed on a wait list. 
Write, edit…perform! In this workshop, you will write your own piece of drama and bring it to life. We’ll cover everything from character, setting, and conflict, to acting it out for your parents. Talking goldfish? A magical baseball cap? Shakespeare in a tutu? The possibilities are endless when you are the writer of your own dramatic creations. Ashley Fournier studied Creative Writing and Theatre at Ohio State. She’s taught classes at Thurber Summer Writing Camp and the McConnell Arts Center.

6th-8th graders
Science Fiction and Beyond!
With Valerie Cumming
10:00 a.m.-noon; $100
The third head turned and looked at me as its tentacles swayed in the wind and I knew I was in trouble. Not your typical first day of school story. In this class, you will learn the differences in science fiction writing, how to create imaginary or futuristic worlds and populate them with human and alien creatures. By the end of the class, you’ll have a story to share or maybe a novel in the works. Valerie Cumming is a freelance writer, teacher, and editor. She has been a Thurber House teacher for over ten years.

Daydream Believer
With Kathy Matthews and Dan Mushalko
1:00-3:00 p.m.; 
THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT. Please contact Katie Poole at kpoole@thurberhouse.org to be placed on a wait list. 
Do you ever daydream in school?  Wonder 'what if' when things go wrong?  Well, what if those daydreams were your inner writer giving you great story ideas?  This class is your excuse to daydream even more -- and to learn how to turn those dreams into cool stories to share with the world. Kathy Matthews is a freelance writer and Dan Mushalko is operations manager at WCBE radio.  Together, they are the dynamic duo of writing workshops.

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 17.  After January 17, 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 & 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 10th and scholarship recipients will be notified by Friday, January 17th.

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



All classes are held in the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue (map). Interstates 670 and 71 are currently under construction as part of the Columbus Crossroads project. Traffic lanes will remain open during construction; however, speed has been reduced to 45 mph for safety. Please allow more time for travel during construction. ODOT posts traffic information, ramp closures, alternative routes and other news here to help you get to your destination safely.

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