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Youth Writing Half-Day Workshops


2013-2014
All ½ day Saturday workshops are $20.00
and will be held on the Oakland University Campus.

Grades 2-5                    Grades 6-8

Register and pay for the workshops online.

Grades 2-5 (Registration/Payment Page)
Mystery Writing   
September 14, 2013 from 12:00-2:00   
Oakland Center, room 127 
Would you like to be an author of your own mystery story? The secrets of mystery writing will be revealed while you create your own mystery story to take home. Crime scene investigating experiments will also be conducted as part of our exploration.    

Ghost Story Writing
October 12, 2013 from 12:00-2:00        
Meadow Brook Mansion 
Are you ready for some supernatural fun? Learn how to create a spooky atmosphere in writing – from the mundane to the extraordinary. We will reveal the elements necessary to conjure a story that will enchant or frighten. Skits and mysterious experiments will enhance our experience.

Historical Fiction
November 9, 2013 from 12:00-2:00      
Meadow Brook Mansion 
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the past?  We will be touring the historic Meadowbrook mansion, America's castle, and discussing the tools a writer of historical fiction needs to make a riveting tale.  

Poetry
January 11, 2014 from 12:00-2:00   
Oakland Center, room 125
Poetry means so many different things to so many children; we hope to share the infinite possibilities of words in this workshop. We will be exploring the Oakland University campus with scavenger hunts for treasured words, Reader’s Theater, and a grand performance of our original works.

Science Fiction 
February 8, 20134from 12:00-2:00  
Oakland Center,  125
Robots? Outer space? Future Technologies? Or maybe a future where school does not exist? We will delve into the “literature of ideas” in this writing genre that uses today’s scientific studies to predict our future – with a strong dose of imaginative speculation. Reader’s theater, along with a beaker of mythology will serve to inspire us.  Students will take home their own "lava" bottle!

Comic Book and Anime Writing
March 15, 2014  12:00-2:00
Oakland Center 125
Are you Otaku? Do you love a great comic book? The history, artwork and especially the writing elements of anime and comic book creations will be explored and you will take your own graphic novel home.

Multi-Modal Composing
April 12, 2014 from 12:00-2:00        
Kresge Library, 4th Floor e-LIS Office 
Composing on the computer!!  Combine still images, voice, music, and video in this interactive computer based creation.  You will be able to share, via the internet, your story with friends and family.

Grades 6-8 (Registration/Payment Page)

Horror/ Gothic Writing    
October 12, 2013 from 12:00-2:00
Meadow Brook Mansion
What better place to write a horror story than an almost century old castle, with  secret stairways, hidden doors, and 110 rooms with their original furnishings?  We will tour the mansion to build inspiration, then gather in the original library, to the tune of ghostly organ music, to write and share our stories...if you dare!

Science Fiction Writing
November 9, 20113from 12:00-2:00    
Oakland Center, Lake Huron room  
Are you interested in a future where school does not exist?  We will delve into the “literature of ideas” in this writing genre that uses today’s scientific studies to predict our future – with a strong dose of imaginative speculation. Writer's will explore how mythology and scientific discovery can combine to create fascinating fiction, that could one day be reality.  Each participant will take home, along with their writings, their own polymer collection.

Fantasy Writing
January 11, 2014  from 12:00-2:00         
Oakland Center, 125     
Whether you like magic, shapeshifters, mythology, heroic epics, fairies or just magical realism – this is the workshop for you! We will transmogrify the elements of Fantasy into relevant tales you will create and take home. Visual and oral inspiration will aid in world building, culture and race creation, questing, and the important thread of plot.

Comic Book Writing
February 8, 2014 from 12:00-2:00  
Oakland Center,  room 125
Are you Otaku? Do you love a great comic book? The history, artwork and especially the writing elements of anime and comic book creations will be explored and you will take your own graphic novel home.

Mystery Writing
March 15, 2014 from  12:00-2:00   
Meadowbrook Mansion  
We will investigate a who-dunnit at America's castle using crime scene investigation experiments.  We will then take those clues in to the garden terrace to discuss the secrets of mystery writing and mysteries of the era of the Dodge family, while you create your own mystery story to take home.

Multimodal Writing
April 12, 2014 from 12:00-2:00
Kresge Library 4th Floor Elis  
Compose a mind blowing narrative on the computer!  You will combine still images, music, and video in a final tale that you can share immediately with friends and family via the internet!

All workshops are located on the Oakland University Campus.  Cost for each workshop is $20.00.

For more information, contact Rebecca Rivard at rivard2@oakland.edu