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Writing Wizards

Writing Wizards

2015 Writing Wizards 
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 exploring the world of magic to creating your own world from scratch. Writing Wizards workshops, for students in grades 2-8, will meet each Saturday from February 7 through March 7, 2015, 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 9th.


2/3 Graders
All About Me SOLD OUT
with Valerie Cumming, 10:00 - 11:30 am; $90
If you were a shoe, what kind would you be? What is your most exciting memory? You’ll write fun self-portraits, poems, stories and more that you will put in your very own scrapbook all about you.
Valerie Cumming is a freelance writer, teacher, and editor. She has been a Thurber House instructor for over 10 years.

I Claim This Land for Me SOLD OUT
with Sarah Magill, 12:30 - 2:00 pm; $90
When we stepped off the plane, we couldn’t believe our eyes... What happens next is up to you when you create your own country from scratch! You’ll imagine everything from what it looks like to who lives there and if they’re good or evil.
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
Art Investigators SOLD OUT
with Paul Hammock, 10:00 a.m. - Noon; $100
“A picture is worth 1000 words” and now you get to prove it. You’ll delve into different forms of art, including photography, then create your own stories and poems that spring from what you see. There’s no word limit on this activity!
Paul Hammock is a retired language arts teacher and former Docent at the Columbus Museum of Art. He enjoys creating classes that overlap art, history and writing. 

Do You Believe in Magic? SOLD OUT
with Jennifer Maschari, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.; $100
From Harry Potter to Percy Jackson, there are magical powers all over. You’ll learn how to add magical elements in your own short stories. As a class, you’ll select a few to perform on the final day, as long as you can keep your magic under control.
Jennifer Maschari is a former classroom teacher who loves to work with young writers. Her first middle grade novel will be published in 2016. 

6/7/8 Graders
Create It and Trade It SOLD OUT
with Heather Knapp-Welsh, 10:00 a.m. - Noon; $100
Passing notes has never been this fun. You’ll create the beginning to your story and each week pass it to classmates to continue. You’ll write parts of all different stories,then finish yours on the last day, all without getting into trouble.
Heather Knapp-Welsh teaches at Wedgewood Middle School and has taught at Thurber House Summer Writing Camp.

It’s a Whole New World SOLD OUT
with Kathy Matthews and Dan Mushalko, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.; $100
This class is out of this world, literally. You’ll imagine and write about your own world and its inhabitants, focusing on culture. How do they communicate? Is burping gross or a compliment? It’s your world, your rules.
Kathy Matthews is a freelance writer and Dan Mushalko is operations manager at WCBE radio. They’ve been creating out of this world writing workshops 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 30.  After January 30, 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 9 and scholarship recipients will be notified by Friday, January 17.

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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