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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