Current Schedule

Things to know about 826michigan workshops:

Greetings, workshop students and families!

Our registration system is always improving, and we anticipate a smooth registration process. However, we also ask for your patience as we work out any glitches with the system–if we’re not in touch with you within a week, you should contact us about your registration!

Please remember:

  • Each student may only sign up for TWO workshops per semester.
  • Each student may come to AS MANY DROP-IN WRITING sessions as he/she likes.
  • Yes, we are strict on ages.
  • Workshops are so stellar, so spectacular, so amazing that they fill up quickly.
  • Please give us five business days to confirm your registration. If after one week you have not heard from us, feel free to send an email to 826michiganworkshops@gmail.com.
  • When you get your confirmation email, write down the workshops you have gotten into on your calendar! It makes us feel sadder than almost anything when students sign up for workshops and then don’t show.
  • We love feedback! Let us know what you think of the schedule and the new registration system. Send an email to catherine@826michigan.org to let us know what’s working for you and what isn’t!

For Ages 12-15
Day Saturday
Time 2:00-3:30pm
Session Oct 4-Nov 22*
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
*Sessions on Oct 4, Oct 18, Nov 1, Nov 22

The Society of the Red Curtain: A YA Reading and Writing Club

Taught By:
Lucy Huber
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Do you love reading books written for and about young adults? Do you hate the feeling of reading a great book but then having nobody to talk about it with? Is your mom tired of hearing you explain the finer plot points of your latest read while she’s trying to cook dinner? Does your dog just not seem to get what you love about those characters so much? Have you even maybe considered writing young adult literature of your own? This is the place for you! The Society of the Red Curtainis a place for young adults like you who love to read. Every meeting we will discuss a book of our choosing, talk about what makes a good young adult book, and work on producing our own writing aimed at young people. There will be tears! There will be laughter! There will be poignant coming of age scenes!

For 13+
Type Drop-In
Day Monday
Time 5:30-6:30pm
Session Sep 15-Dec 15
ydl_michave
Michigan Ave Branch Ypsilanti District Library
229 West Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Teen Drop-in Writing @ YDL Michigan Ave

Taught By:
826michigan Intern Teams
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No pre-registration is necessary
This workshop is a drop-in program, COME WHEN YOU CAN

Writing can be a good way to express your creativity, and it’s not all five-paragraph essays! In this ongoing, drop-in program, we invite you to join our mad scientists every week to sharpen your creativity and skill with a variety of fun, informal writing exercises, including exquisite corpses, story starters, and a healthy dose of hilarity.

For 8-12
Type Drop-In
Day Tuesday
Time 5:30-6:30pm
Session Sep 16-Dec 16
ydl_michave
Michigan Ave Branch Ypsilanti District Library
229 West Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Youth Drop-in Writing @ YDL Michigan Ave

Taught By:
D’Real Graham
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No pre-registration is necessary
This workshop is a drop-in program, COME WHEN YOU CAN

Writing can be a good way to express your creativity, and it’s not all five-paragraph essays! In this ongoing, drop-in program, we invite you to join our mad scientists every week to sharpen your creativity and skill with a variety of fun, informal writing exercises, including exquisite corpses, story starters, and a healthy dose of hilarity.

For 8-12
Type Drop-In
Day Monday
Time 6:00-7:00pm
Session Sep 29-Dec 1
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Twilight Write: Monday Youth Drop-in Writing on Liberty Street

Taught By:
Ricky Wiesner
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No pre-registration is necessary
This workshop is a drop-in program, COME WHEN YOU CAN

Night owls and late-afternoon enthusiasts will have the opportunity to sharpen their writing skills with fun and creative writing exercises, learning that writing is more than a standard five-paragraph essay!

Students never need to register for Drop-in; they can come whenever they like, as often as they like!

For Ages: 6-8
Type Drop-In
Day Wednesday
Time 6:00-7:00pm
Session Oct 1-Dec 3
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Drop-in Writing for Wee-Bots!

Taught By:
Ricky Wiesner
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No pre-registration is necessary
This workshop is a drop-in program, COME WHEN YOU CAN

Little bots like to write too! Join us whenever you can make it for our drop-in writing sessions for young writers! All ability levels are invited to these fun, informal sessions where we play around with writing — from the physical act of actually writing to the creative ideas involved!

For Ages: 14-18
Day Tuesday
Time 8:00-9:30pm
Session Oct 7-Dec 9
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Best American Non-Required Reading Editorial Board

Taught By:
Nora Byrnes
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Inez Tan
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We meet each week on Tuesdays from 8-9:30pm at 826michigan, inside the Liberty Street Robot Supply and Repair Store at 115 E. Liberty Street. On a typical night, we read 2-3 pieces of writing (culled from national magazines, literary journals, as well as smaller blogs and zines). Then we discuss the merits of each piece and vote on which pieces are the best. There are no special requirements for high school students to join the BANR group, and there are never any pre-meeting preparations necessary (such as homework, etc.) for attending on any given night. You just sign up and show up––perfect for any student interested in creative writing and lively debate on contemporary literature.

For Ages 10-15
Day Tuesday
Time 6:00-7:30pm
Session Oct 14-Dec 2*
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
*Three Tuesday sessions: 10/14, 11/11, 12/2

All You Can Eat Historical Buffet, Second Helpings: On-Going Adventures in Historical Fiction

Taught By:
Will Purves
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Continue our journey through history and historical writing with these follow-up sessions to our summer workshop. During these workshop meetings, we’ll continue to explore the art of research and writing, present our progress, and discuss challenges that come up as part of the writing process. We’ll also go over strategies for revision, get and give feedback during small group workshop, and do some writing exercises to keep our creative sparks flying high! Even though this is a follow-up to a summer workshop, you can join the group and discussion fresh this fall: all that’s required is an interest in historical fiction and a project (already started or yet-to-start) in mind.

This workshop meets once a month during the fall semester on Tuesday, October 14, Tuesday, November 11, and Tuesday, December 2.

For Ages 9-11
Day Thursday
Time 6:00-7:30pm
Session Oct 16-Oct 30*
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
*Thursdays, Oct 16-23

#TeamWolf: Writing Fairytales for Twitter

Taught By:
Christopher Ankney
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Tom Bianchi
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Registration closed
Look for this workshop
next season!

What would Little Red Riding Hood tweet about? Would Cinderella live-tweet while watching The Bachelor? Would the Big Bad Wolf just tweet out different recipes for pork for when he finally catches the Three Little Pigs?
Help us answer these questions and more in a new, three-part workshop that explores Twitter, the art of editing and brevity, and the inner thoughts of our most beloved fairy tale characters.

For Ages 8-10
Day Tuesday
Time 6:00-7:30pm
Session Oct 28
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Secret Life of Roy G. Biv

Taught By:
Cammie Finch
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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the color of Periwinkle? What is the texture of Turquoise? Maybe it’s silky soft or even furry! And what did Miss Razzmatazz wish for on her birthday? Here is your chance for a once-in-a-lifetime interview with the colors! Watch as their lives come out from behind the Crayola box and spring to life! We will become “color biographers,” and capture the quirky secret lives of the rainbow in our own stories.

For Ages 8-10
Day Thursday
Time 6:00-7:30pm
Session Nov 6
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Busting Bat Myths: A SPOOKY REPRISE of a HALLOWEEN Night in the Life of a Bat!

Taught By:
Jeff Shi
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We all know—or think we know—a lot of bats. They are infamous in the public perception, sucking blood, spreading disease, turning into vampires, and running into everything (like you) because they’re so blind. Join bat expert (ecologist and evolutionary biologist) Jeff Shi for a workshop on how to tell bat fact from bat fiction, and learn, like all good scientists and writers, how to ground your stories in reality in order to tell the best tales. Costumes (batty or otherwise) encouraged!

This workshop has been rescheduled from Friday, October 24 to Thursday, November 6 from 6-7:30pm.

For Ages: 8-10
Day Thursday
Time 6:00-7:30pm
Session Nov 13
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Wishing for S’More Summer: Camp 826michigan

Taught By:
Megan Gilson
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Class is Full

Welcome to Camp 826michigan, where we experience summer camp year-round (or, at least, for the day). Do you long for the summer days filled with crackling campfires, silly stories, and slightly burnt marshmallows (despite your best efforts)? We’ll ignore the crisp fall leaves and cool breeze in the air as we read a story around the campfire. Next, we’ll review parts of a story and focus on how we can include vivid sensory details that bring our characters and stories to life, helping our listeners imagine that they are actually in our stories. Then, we’ll pitch our tents (forts) and put our storytelling minds to work, writing our own campfire stories that we can share with our family and friends. We’ll practice our skills as oral storytellers (campfire stories are told out loud, after all) as we take turns sharing our stories around the campfire. Pack your sunscreen and join us for a day of summer camp fun!

 

For Ages: 9-11
Day Thursday
Time 6:00-7:30pm
Session Nov 20
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Poetic Outlaws: Learning the Rules of Constrained Poetry . . . and Breaking Them!

Taught By:
Maddy Rombes
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The idea behind constrained poetry is that the creative juices flow much better when there are some simple rules to follow. In this workshop, we will first look at examples of Lipograms, Haikus, Blackout Poetry, and more . . . and then we will write some poems of our own! You will leave with a portfolio of your own poetry—what better way to hone your (outlaw) writing skills?

For Ages: 6-8
Day Friday
Time 6:00-7:30pm
Session Nov 21
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Celebrating Little Things: Filling Your Cornucopia with Thanks

Taught By:
Kati Shanks
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Gee, thanks! This is the time of year when folks traditionally give thanks for food, family, and festive centerpieces. In honor of Thanksgiving, we’ll flex our gratitude muscles and remember all the small things that add up to a great day. How wonderful is that pillow you sleep on? How grateful are you for your bubble-gum-flavored toothpaste? We’ll brainstorm ideas together and write individual thank-you notes to all of our favorite things as practice for Thanksgiving day.

For Ages: 6-8
Day Thursday
Time 6:00-7:15pm
Session Dec 4
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Season’s Greetings: Winter Poems for Wee Bots

Taught By:
Catherine Calabro
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Oh no! It’s time for frost and winter coats! But there are so many things to celebrate in the coming cold: seeing our breath in the air, drinking hot chocolate, breaking out our mittens and scarves, and participating in the occasional snow day’s activities. Come fend off the frost bite by writing short poems about the soon-to-be-season. We’ll share our writing with each other and stay just a little bit warmer in our hearts.

115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 761-3463