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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Dream Keepers Writing Circle Fall 2016



Dear Super Writers,

Dream Keepers Writing 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 with other young writers. Students will spend the first hour of the session writing, with writing prompts and encouragement from author and writing coach Rochelle Melander. During the final 30 minutes of the session, students will share these stories with each other, learning how to read aloud and respond to one another.

Capitol Library
3969 N. 74th Street

Dates
September 6, 20
October 4, 18
November 1, 15
December 6, 20

Time
4:00-5:30 PM


Writing Workshops for Adults at Milwaukee Public Library

Okay, young people...if your parents are envying all this time you spend writing--let them know about these upcoming workshops. And students: you are welcome to join the NaNo workshops, too.

Writing to Transform Your Life

Journaling improves memory and sleep, boosts immune cell activity, supports you in achieving your goals, and increases your longevity. In this workshop, you’ll learn easy journaling exercises that will help you deal with difficulty, plan your future, and practice gratitude.


When: September 28, 2016
6-7 PM
Where: Bay View Library
2566 S. Kinnickkinnic Avenue


When: October 12, 2016
6-7 PM
Where: Villard Square Library
5190 N 35th Street


Plan Your NaNoWriMo Novel

Fasten your seatbelts and get ready to write! Every November thousands take the National Novel Writing Month challenge and sign up to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days! In this kick off workshop led by the author of the NaNoWriMo Guide, Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell About it), you’ll get a chance to start planning your novel. You’ll work on exercises to help you choose your genre, create characters, and imagine what might happen!

When: October 31, 2016
6-7 PM

Where: Central Library
814 W. Wisconsin Avenue

Make NaNoWriMo Fun!

Have you set out on your National Novel Writing Month adventure only to find yourself…stuck? Join writing coach and the author of the NaNoWriMo Guide, Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell About it) for a writing workshop that will help you overcome writer’s block, solve those pesky plot problems, and create marvelous problems for your characters. Of course, the main goal is to have fun while we write!

When: November 8, 2016
6-7 PM

Where: Central Library
814 W. Wisconsin Avenue



Friday, January 8, 2016

Dream Keepers Writing Circle Spring 2016

Dear Super Writers,

I'm delighted to announce that Dream Keepers will be offering many exciting workshops this spring at various libraries. We'll be giving ourselves secret super writer names, unleashing our wild imaginations, and creating stories of magic and wonder! Take a look below and join me to write poetry and stories! 

-Ms. Rochelle





The Details



The Book of Me
Students will create poetry, essays, and artwork about their name, interests, family and neighborhoods. Each day, students will create a unique piece about themselves. Students who attend all three days will craft a small book about their lives. 







Forest Home Library
February 10, 17, 24
4-5:30 PM
1432 W. Forest Home Avenue

Center Street Library
March 2, 9, 16
3:30-4:30 PM
2727 W. Fond du Lac Avenue




Boing! Bam! Boom!
Try your hand at writing poems that use words that sound just like the noises they are describing (that’s called onomatopoeia)! We’ll read some famous onomatopoeia poems and write our own. 

Central Library
Saturday, March 5
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
814 West Wisconsin Avenue








Poetry Rocks!

Students will read poetry from popular children’s authors. Then, they’ll write their own poems using a variety of poetic styles. Topics for the three days may include Bug Off!, Art and Poetry, My Milwaukee, Disgusting Love Poems, and more.


Washington Park Library 
April 7, 14, 21
2121 N Sherman Blvd.  
 3:30-5:00 PM









Art and Poetry
For TEENS

For students who love to create with both pictures and words, this workshop will provide you with wonderful inspiration from the world of picture books and art. Write your poems in reaction to famous works of art. Create art to accompany your favorite words. And learn how to make art with words.

Zablocki Library
2:30 PM
3501 W. Oklahoma



The Dream Keepers Writing Circle


The Dream Keeper Writing Circle will give you the opportunity to work on your writing project and share it with other young writers. Students will spend the first hour of the session writing, with writing prompts and encouragement from author and writing coach Rochelle Melander. During the final 30 minutes of the session, students will share these stories with each other, learning how to read aloud and respond to one another.


Capitol Library
3969 N. 74th Street

Dates
January 5, 19
February 2, 16
March 1, 15
April 5, 19

Time
4:00-5:30 PM


Spring Project


This spring, students will have an opportunity to work on a longer project—either a novella or an autobiography, The Book of Me. Each writing opportunity will include an art option, allowing students to write and illustrate their books!


The Book of Me

January 19 
The Book of Me: My Name
What does your name mean? Are you named after a family member or famous artist? How does your name reflect you? Students will research their names and write about them. 



February 2 
The Book of Me: Metaphor Me

If you could choose one metaphor to describe yourself, what would it be? Are you like an iPod, bursting with music and information, or more like a tall mountain, quiet and sturdy? Students will search for a metaphor that reflects their personality and write a poem using that metaphor. 


February 16 
The Book of Me: The Best Part of Me
What do you like about you? Do your legs run fast? Does your hair curl and bounce in the wind? Can your hands create beautiful pictures? Students will read, The Best Part of Me, edited by Wendy Ewald, and write poems and essays about their favorite traits. 

March 1
The Book of Me: Where I'm From
Where do you come from? Students will read George Ella Lyon’s poem, Where I’m From and write their own version using their life experiences and their own style of writing.

March 15 
The Book of Me: My Hood
Where do you live? What makes your home yours? What do you love about it? What would you change? Students make maps of their home or their heart and write about what they love and what they'd change. 

April 3 
The Book of Me: My Dreams for Me
What do you dream about achieving in your life? We'll brainstorm our dreams for the future and write about our best possible future selves. 

April 19 
The Book of Me: My Dreams for the World
What do you dream of creating that will change the world or your community? Maybe you think that an indoor garden would help families eat all winter or you have an idea for how people can get along better. We'll read the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech and write about our own dreams.