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Write Now: Map Your Life

Map Your Life by Rochelle Melander

I love maps: old maps, new maps, digital, paper, hand-made and computer generated. I love to study maps and imagine trips. I also like to make maps. As a writer, I often create maps for the fictional worlds I write about. I love knowing where my characters live, how they get to the library and the grocery store, and where their favorite hangouts are. With a map, I can better write about their adventures.

I also love mapping ideas and feelings. Several years ago, I learned how to use mind mapping to record information, explore ideas, and develop stories. I turn to mind mapping when I have a story to write but I don't know where I'm going with it. It helps me organize my ideas--and often the process helps me uncover new ideas and connections.

In My Map Book, Sara Fanelli has created a child's world with maps. The book includes maps of external places like the child's bedroom, neighborhood, and route to school. And it includes maps of i…
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2017-2018 Highlights We've had a great year at Dream Keepers.  We've brought the program to two libraries, Capitol Drive Library and the brand new Historic Mitchell Street Library.We once again brought Bing! Bang! Boom!, our program on noisy poetry, to the Dr. Seuss Day Celebration at Central Library.We led a workshop on reading and writing poetry for the members of the Milwaukee Public Library Teen Advisory Board.
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Dream Keepers Writing Circle Fall 2016

Dear Super Writers,
Dream KeepersWriting Circle got off to an excellent start last night! For those of you who didn't make it, let me share with you a bit of the fun we had.

A student wanted to make paper airplanes, so we planned and folded. 

Then we wrote poems on the airplanes.

One poem contained a challenge:

The student also wrote a how-to guide—for anyone who didn't know how to fold an airplane.  I should have read it before I accepted the challenge to race my paper-airplane.

I lost. He won.  My plane took a deep nose dive and crashed at my feet. His flew over the check out counter and sailed toward the window. Perhaps my plane was weighed down by words? 

Join us next time at Capitol Drive Library. We'll be unleashing our wild imaginations and creating stories of magic and wonder! Take a look at the dates below and join us! 
--Ms. Rochelle

The Dream Keeper's Writing Circle
The Dream Keeper Writing Circle will give you the opportunity to work on your writing project and share it w…