Writing Workshop: How Things Began (3/22/14)

Do you ever wonder how a certain thing got its start? Like the number 6? Where did he— or she—come from? And what about all those squiggly punctuation marks? The relaxing period, clever comma, ecstatic exclamation point, sleepy question mark—where did they sprout from? (Inspired by Karen Benke’s book Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing, 2010)

Well, these are questions our talented writers have answered. With the help of wonderful volunteers, our writers have created some of the most inspired stories about where these symbols came from. We combined different shapes—jagged, rectangular, curved—with movements—plummeting, bending, staggering—to create images and stories about the symbols we use every day as writers. Enjoy!

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Read our stories from How Things Began

Writing Workshop: Sarcastic Encyclopedia (3/8/14)

In this workshop, we considered everything we knew to be true and we threw it right out the window! We used satire to twist our ideas around in sarcastic ways and created a real live and really strange encyclopedia. You may be surprised at what you learn. You may even disagree at times. Or, you may find the truth you’ve been looking for all along. We’ve reinvented history, and maybe even the way you think. Enjoy!

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Read our stories from: Sarcastic Encyclopedia

Writing Workshop: Calvin & Hobbes (1/11/14)

Using the hilarious antics and adventures of the beloved Calvin and Hobbes comic strip as inspiration, we practiced writing puns and poems, we used figurative language, sarcasm, and other complex language concepts and forms to write short stories. Click on the link below to read them. Prepare to laugh until it hurts!

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Read our stories from Calvin and Hobbes