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Friday, September 19, 2014

Calling All Young Writers: Dream Keepers Fall 2014 Schedule


Dear Super Writers,

We had a great summer of Super Reader writing workshops. We wrote super hero six-word stories, super hero sagas, and imagined many ways that super readers could defeat Dr. Brain Drain! We also thought up our own super powers. Most of us agreed that reading and writing ranked high on our list of fantastic, brain-drain defeating super powers.

I'm delighted to announce a whole bunch of fun fall writing workshops at a variety of Milwaukee Public Libraries. Open up your imaginations and join me. Together we'll write, draw, glue, and write some more. 

Rochelle,
the Super Writer!


Art and Poetry 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.

September 15, 22, 29 
King Library
4:00-5:00 PM
310 W. Locust Street








Dream Keeper Writing Circle Calling all young writers (ages 9-13)! 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 part of the session writing, with writing prompts and encouragement from author and writing coach Rochelle Melander. During the second half of the session, students will share these stories with each other, learning how to listen for key story elements and give helpful feedback.

October 6, November 3, December 1
Capitol Library
4:00-5:00 PM
3969 N. 74th Street


October: Boo! Scary Stories Can you tell a scary in six words? Have you ever written a ghost story? This class will give students the opportunity to invent monsters and villains and put them into scary poems and stories. Come for one day and write a short scary story or attend all four and create a book of terrifying tales.

October 7, 14, 21, 2014
Villard Square Library
4:00-5:00 PM
5190 N 35th Street

October 13, 2014
Atkinson Library
4:00-5:00 PM
1960 W. Atkinson Avenue


November: National Novel Writing Month at Milwaukee Public Library Come write a short novel for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Over the course of four days, students will create characters, dream up a setting, craft a plot, and write a novella (that’s a really short novel). Students are welcome to come for single days and participate in a part of the process or do the whole thing and write a big ol' novella!

November 4, 11, 18, 2014
Forest Home Library
4:00-5:00 PM
1432 W. Forest Home Avenue

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summer Writing with Dream Keepers! by Rochelle Melander

Last night was awesome! The Dream Keeper Writing Circle met at Capitol Drive Library, and we wrote tall tales. I grew up hearing tall tales about such characters as Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The 11 young writers who came had never heard of a tall tale—but they liked the idea of writing about something that wasn't quite true. I wish you could have heard the stories. We met footballs that turned into hungry monsters, trains that chased people, and stolen princesses. For the most part, the endings were happy. (Whew!) 

Come join us during July and August for Dream Keeper Writing Circle AND our wonderful Super Reader Writing Workshops.

Happy Writing,
Rochelle



Dream Keeper Writing Circle
Calling all young writers (ages 9-13)! 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 part of the session writing, with writing prompts and encouragement from author and writing coach Rochelle Melander. During the second half of the session, students will share these stories with each other, learning how to listen for key story elements and give helpful feedback.

July 7 and August 4, 2014
Capitol Library; 4:00-5:00 PM
3969 N. 74th Street

How to Be a Superhero in 6 Easy Steps
Super Reader Writer Workshop
Did you ever wonder how the Super Reader kids got their powers? Why doesn’t Dr. Brain Drain want kids to read? Come to this workshop and use your skills to write the backstory for your favorite Super Reader characters or even make up your own! Geared toward ages 6-12. 


July 21, 22, 23, 24, 2014
Mill Road Library; 4:00-5:00 PM
6431 N 76th Street

August 18, 19, 20, 21, 2014
Bay View Library; 4:00-5:00 PM
2566 S Kinnickinnic Avenue

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Winter and Spring Writing Workshops

Happy New Year! 

Last fall was amazing and exhausting! I led 9 four-day workshops at various branches of the Milwaukee Public Library. I worked with bunches of kids who wrote amazing poetry and stories. (Including wonderful "how to" books, like the one you see at left.) 

And the fun continues this year! Take a look below for a listing of our amazing winter and spring workshops at the Milwaukee Public Library. As always, the workshops are free and open to the public and all supplies are provided.

And please note, I lead writing workshops for adults as well as children. If you'd like me to teach at your writing group, education class, small business, or meeting—contact me via email to set up a consultation!


Winter and Spring Dream Keeper Writing Workshops


Dream Keeper Writing Circle
Calling all young writers (ages 9-13)! 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 part of the session writing, with writing prompts and encouragement from author and writing coach Rochelle Melander. During the second half of the session, students will share these stories with each other, learning how to listen for key story elements and give helpful feedback.

Jan 15, 22, 29 and Feb. 5, 2014
Capitol Library; 4:30-6:00 PM
3969 N. 74th Street


I Have A Dream!
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. What do you dream of for your own life? During this three-day workshop, participants will write about their dreams for their community and their own lives.

Feb 24, 25, 26, 2014
Zablocki Library; 4:00-5:00 PM
3501 W. Oklahoma Ave

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.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Central Library, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

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.

Mar. 3, 4, 5, 2014
Tippecanoe Library; 4:00-5:00 PM
3912 S Howell Ave.



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.

Mar 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 2014
Martin Luther King Library, 4:00-5:00 PM
310 W. Locust Street

Art and Poetry
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.
Apr 7, 8, 9, 2014;
Atkinson Library; 4:00-5:00 PM
1960 W. Atkinson Avenue