Current Schedule

Things to know about 826michigan workshops:

Greetings, workshop students and families!

Our registration system is new and improved, 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 8-18
Type Drop-In
Day Mon-Thurs
Time 10:30-12:00pm
Session Jun 30-Aug 7*
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
*No session 7/16 and 7/17

Wake Up Drop-in Writing on Liberty Street

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

826michigan morning Drop-in Writing is part of a complete breakfast. Early birds and mid-morning 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 8-18
Type Drop-In
Day Mon-Thurs
Time 4:00-5:00pm
Session Jun 30-Aug 7*
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
*No session 7/16 and 7/17

Drop-in Writing Table on Liberty Street

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

Become a member of our not-so-secret* Liberty Street Writing Club! Students will have the chance to think outside of the box with fun and creative writing exercises, learning that writing is more than a standard five-paragraph essay! The Liberty Street Writing Club is the summer edition of our writing table at Liberty Street Tutoring.

*there may be a secret handshake

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 Mon and Wed
Time 4:00-5:00pm
Session Jun 30-Aug 6*
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
*No session Wednesday, July 16

Drop-in Writing for Wee-Bots on Liberty Street

Taught By:
Mary Roderique
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Patty Zeichman
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826michigan Intern Teams
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Want to help?
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!

This summer, Monday afternoon Drop-in Writing for Wee-Bots will be led by 826michigan Interns and Wednesday afternoon Drop-in Writing for Wee-Bots will be led by Mary Roderique and Patty Zeichman.

For Ages 13-18
Type Drop-In
Day Monday
Time 5:30-6:30pm
Session Jun 30-Aug 4
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
Bio
Want to help?
No pre-registration is necessary
This workshop is a drop-in program, COME WHEN YOU CAN

Writing workshops are a great way to hone skills and do creative work outside the school setting. We welcome all students to 826michigan’s workshops at the Ypsilanti District Libraries. At Drop-in, we’ll experiment with writing prompts, get constructive feedback on poems and stories, learn new techniques, discuss creative writing with other teens, and have plenty of opportunities to publish, record, and perform your work!

Michigan Avenue Branch of the Ypsilanti District Library
229 West Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

This workshop is a drop-in program, so no pre-registration is necessary: Just come when you can!

For Ages 8-18
Type Drop-In
Day Monday
Time 6:00-7:00pm
Session Jun 30-Aug 4
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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

Taught By:
826michigan Intern Teams
Bio
Want to help?
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 8-12
Type Drop-In
Day Tuesday
Time 5:30-6:30pm
Session Jul 1-Aug 5
ydl_michave
Michigan Ave Branch Ypsilanti District Library
229 West Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Youth Drop-in Writing @ YDL Michigan Ave

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

Writing workshops are a great way to hone skills and do creative work outside the school setting. We welcome all students to 826michigan’s workshops at the Ypsilanti District Libraries. Go on a new writing adventure every week (or whenever you can make it). We do everything from imagining the future, to creating monsters, to writing collaborative poems!

Michigan Avenue Branch of the Ypsilanti District Library
229 West Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

This workshop is a drop-in program, so no pre-registration is necessary: Just come when you can!

For 8-12
Type Drop-In
Day Wednesday
Time 5:30-6:30pm
Session Jul 2-Aug 6
ydl_whittaker
Whittaker Rd Branch Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Youth Drop-in Writing @ YDL Whittaker Rd

Taught By:
Dave Tumbarello
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Becky Welzenbach
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Want to help?
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 Ages 10-15
Day Thursday
Time 6:00-7:30pm
Session Jul 24-Aug 7*
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
*Three Thursday sessions

All You Can Eat Historical Buffet: Historical Fiction, or How to Add Your Own Ingredients to the Facts and Assemble a Splendid Feast

Taught By:
Will Purves
Bio
Want to help?
Registration closed
Look for this workshop
next season!

Can you imagine what it was like to live during the Spanish Civil War? How about further back, during the Renaissance in Italy? Or ancient Egypt? Or ancient anything?! Writing historical fiction takes research, guts, imagination, and all those old rules about fiction (like write what you) know apply here as well: you may not know exactly what it feels like be in the Colosseum during its construction, but you sure do know a thing or two about dedication and hard work. Writers working on stories (and poems and plays and novels) about the past draw from their own experiences and, with historical facts as their inspiration and guide, move forward fearlessly into new (old) worlds. Join us for this three session workshop and explore the art of research and writing–we’ll write about a specific time in history through several genres, and by the end of the workshop, we’ll have a fascinating literary window into the lives of our ancestors.

For Ages 9-11
Day Friday
Time 4:00-6:00pm
Session Jul 25-Aug 1*
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
*Two Friday sessions

Do You Dig It: An Archaeological Adventure and Pop-Up Museum

Taught By:
Jeff Shi
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Want to help?
Registration closed
Look for this workshop
next season!

Bring your khaki shorts and pull up a trowel to join us on a journey into a previously unknown civilization. Students will join an archaeological dig to determine when this civilization existed, what the people there were like, and what happened to make it disappear. In our second session, we’ll write up our findings and create exhibits to present them to our fellow archaeologists in a pop-up museum.

For Ages: 10-14
Day Tuesday
Time 6:00-8:00pm
Session Jul 29
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Buildup: Telling Stories in Comics Format

Taught By:
Loren Bondurant
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Want to help?
Registration closed
Look for this workshop
next season!

Ever wondered what makes a joke funny or a story really engaging instead of boring? It’s all in the telling! Get tips from a real-life cartoonist on how to use the special tricks in comics to tell your own story in the most interesting way possible. Read examples of great comics (bring your own to share!), then spend time making your own. All levels of artistic ability are welcome. The mini-comics made in this short workshop will be collected and published in a zine later in the week.

 

For 6-8
Day Wednesday
Time 6:00-7:30pm
Session Jul 30
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Retelling of Fairy Tales Through Mad Libs, or How I Turned Goldilocks Into a Dragon

Taught By:
Brandan Pierce
Bio
Want to help?
Class is Full

Fairy tales are too simple for today’s young writers. There are too many cute characters, uncomplicated problems, and oh-so-neatly-wrapped solutions. But what happens when, instead of wandering onto the property of a family of three bears, Goldilocks stumbles into a desert fortress of 10,000 spiders? Join us for the re-creation of fairy tales using Mad Lib-like writing exercises, and see if Goldilocks finds things “just right” after all.

For HS Seniors
Day Friday
Time 1:00-3:00pm
Session Aug 1
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Common App is Where It’s At: A Heartening Introduction to College Entrance Essay Writing

Taught By:
Will Purves
Bio
Megan Gilson
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Want to help?
Want to attend?

Seniors! August 1 is very special day for those of you using or about to use an-oh-so-helpful tool, the Common Application. The application season opens (and you can create your account on the Common App) on that day, and while it may seem like your time in high school is far from over, you can start applying to colleges now!

Wait! What!? Do you need some help thinking about your college choices and the application essays that they require? In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to begin brainstorming in a supportive and pressure-free environment. Think essay writing is dull and painful? No! Most application essay writing involves talking about yourself and sharing your experiences and stories, so we will also spend some time having conversations about our experiences to brainstorm essay responses. The goal: to understand how to use the Common Application and leave this workshop with a list of potential essay ideas and several outlines of those essays.

Different schools require different essays, from those on the Common Application to supplemental pieces, to particular topics at certain schools, or for scholarships. It will help a great deal if you have a list (even if it is a long one or is incomplete) of the written requirements and questions/topics of the colleges and programs you are contemplating.

For Ages 13-18
Day Saturday
Time 1:00-3:00pm
Session Aug 2
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Applying for Anything: Telling the Story of What Makes You Great

Taught By:
Julie Maloney
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Want to attend?

Sometimes it’s difficult to write about yourself on applications and in personal statements–you have to find that balance between being overly modest and overly braggy. It can also be tricky to write something unique in response to tired old writing prompts like “Talk about a time you overcame a challenge” or “Write about an experience that changed your life.” This workshop will help you write about yourself honestly and confidently through specific detail and strong narrative voice. These skills will help you as you apply for jobs, colleges, and scholarships, and as you learn how to talk about yourself and your many great qualities in interview settings.

For Ages 8-10
Day Tuesday
Time 6:00-7:30pm
Session Aug 5
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Secret Life of ROY G. BIV

Taught By:
Cammie Finch
Bio
Want to help?
Class is Full

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the color Periwinkle? What is the texture of Turquoise? Maybe it’s silky soft or even furry! And what did Razzmatazz wish for on her birthday? Here is your chance to create an up-close-and-personal interview with the colors themselves! When we ask the right questions, we can watch their true colors come out from inside the Crayola Box and spring to life! We will become color biographers and expose the quirky secret lives of the rainbow that the world has never seen (or touched, or smelled, or heard) before!

For Ages 6-18
Type Drop-In
Day Wednesday
Time 6:30-8:00pm
Session Aug 6
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Family Writing Fun Night with 826michigan and the Eastern Michigan Writing Project

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

Join us for a fabulous summer send-off, an evening of writing activities that families can enjoy together! 826michigan volunteers, staff, and interns, together with our partners at the Eastern Michigan Writing Project, will work with you and your family to try out writing activities that are fun, hands-on, and creative. We’ll also give you tips and resources for how to continue writing as a family at home. End-of-summer refreshments and merriment will be served!

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