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:

  • Student may only sign up for TWO workshops per semester.
  • Student may come to AS MANY DROP-IN WRITING sessions as they like.
  • 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 workshops@826michigan.org.
  • When you get your confirmation email, write down the workshops you have gotten into on your calendar! It makes us feel sad 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 registration system. Send an email to dreal@826michigan.org to let us know what’s working for you and what isn’t!

For Ages 14-18
Day Thursday
Time 4:30-6:00pm
Session Jan 14-May 5*
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
*Weekly Thursday sessions

Best American Nonrequired Reading Editorial Board

Taught By:
Best American Nonrequired Reading Editorial Board
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Helena Smith
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Belle Baxley
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Come join excited, engaged readers from southeastern Michigan to select pieces for inclusion in the next edition of Best American Nonrequired Reading. Together with the committee from 826 Valencia in San Francisco, the 826michigan BANR team will spend the semester unearthing interesting stories and articles, reading them, and sparring over their merits and flaws before seeing their hard work in print.

This program is drop-in, although registration paperwork is required on your first day! Please email hannahrose@826michigan.org with interest, questions, and to ask for more information.
For Ages 6-8
Type Drop-In
Day Wednesday
Time 6:00-7:00pm
Session Jan 27-May 25
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Drop-in Writing for Wee-Bots on Liberty Street

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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 8+
Type Drop-In
Day Friday
Time 4:30-5:30pm
Session Jan 29-May 27
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Liberty Street Drop-in Writing

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No pre-registration is necessary
This workshop is a drop-in program, COME WHEN YOU CAN

Writing is not all five-paragraph essays! Writing can just be a good way to express your creativity. In this ongoing, drop-in program, we invite you to join our amazing volunteers 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 Ages: 11-15
Day Saturday
Time 12:00-2:00pm
Session May 7-May 14*
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
*Two Saturday Sessions 5/7 & 5/14

Graphic Novel Memoirs for Middle School Students!

Taught By:
Megan Gilson
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In this workshop, we’ll look at a wide variety of graphic novel memoirs, examining how the authors choose to represent important moments from their lives, and how they bring words and pictures together to create a complete story. Then, we will brainstorm about important moments from our lives, the ones through which we learned something significant about ourselves or the world. We’ll learn some of the lingo of graphic novels and conventions that the professionals use, including dialogue, graphic weight, and special-effects lettering, and plan out our own graphic novel memoirs using a storyboard. After, we’ll become graphic novelists ourselves, designing our memoirs by hand or with an online graphic novel program. We’ll have plenty of time for planning, drawing, writing, and peer review, and we’ll conclude the second session by combining our memoirs into a group anthology of graphic novel memoirs, working together to create a title and cover for our published book.

For Ages: 9-13
Day Saturday
Time 3:30-5:00pm
Session May 7
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

“To Understand the Future We Have to Go Back in Time”: Using 20th-Century Pop Culture to Write Historical Fiction

Taught By:
Beth Fowler
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time? Well, you don’t have to track down Marty McFly and Doc Brown to do so—instead, join 826michigan as we learn more about 20th century U.S. history through pop culture. You will listen to rock and roll music, watch neat movie clips, and browse through swell magazine advertisements to get ideas about a time when your grandparents were kids. Next, you will brainstorm ideas inspired by these pieces about what your life would be like if you lived in the past. Finally, you will write a short story set in the past, with yourself as a main character.

Come see what it would be like to travel back in time without ever having to leave the comfort of your own backyard! (Or, close enough.)

 

For Ages: 10-12
Day Saturday
Time 3:00-5:00pm
Session May 14
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Vote For Me!

Taught By:
Carman Judd, a Super Sensation!
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Would you make a good president of the United States? Perhaps you would be a great mayor of Munchkin City, prime minister of Peoria or Plutonia, chief witch or warlock of the Wisconsin Wizengamot, or another important office that does not include alliteration. Now is your chance to convince the world that you are the person for the job. In this workshop, we will spend time discussing what makes an effective and convincing campaign speech. Then, we will write our own speeches about issues that are important to us and to the voters in the lands of our own creation.

 

For Ages: 6-12
Day Saturday
Time 12:30-1:30pm
Session May 21
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Dr. Blotch’s Super-efficient Shuffleable Poems

Taught By:
Charles Elliott
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AN URGENT NOTICE FROM DR. BLOTCH

ATTN: I have long sought a way to make poetry more practical. “Why,” I have long wondered, “would anyone waste their time toiling over a single, puny piece of writing that would only be read once and forgotten?” Where are the moving parts? Where is the efficiency? Where is the power? Thankfully, I have devised a brilliant solution: shuffleable poems! With newly discovered “shuffle” technology, one may create a single poem that can be randomized to create millions, if not thousands, of different combinations of words, lines, and stanzas. With a sufficiently large poem, we may never need to write a single line of verse again!

As practical and efficient as this new method of poetry manufacturing is, I unfortunately still require an initial investment in “poets.” My robot minions, incapable of “emotion” and “creativity,” will simply not do. All poets registered with the Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair Store MUST report to me by Saturday, May 21, or THEY WILL BE FIRED!

 

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