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 6-11 and their families
Day Saturday
Time 3:00-5:00pm
Session Feb 13
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Doctor Blotch’s Writing Laboratory

Taught By:
Hannah Rose Neuhauser
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Although Dr. Blotch, our crotchety editor, thinks families are completely foul, smelly, and incapable of teamwork, she is not above recruiting them for the sake of adding to her savings. Dr. Blotch is looking for families to test out a series of writing experiments before she can market them as engaging and delightful for the whole family and make millions for her golden, ostrich-sized nest egg. Join us for an afternoon of collaborative and creative writing activities—and plan to prove Dr. Blotch’s hypothesis that families can’t work together wrong.

For Ages 11-15
Day Saturday
Time 2:00-4:00pm
Session Feb 20
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Magical Moments and Memories

Taught By:
Ashleigh Bell
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The ability to tell a GREAT story is an art. Think about the person in your family or group of friends who can make you laugh until you have tears coming out of your eyes; or maybe they give you goosebumps by telling stories so scary that they seem real. These are the great storytellers in our lives. This could be you! Telling a great story is all about the details that you include and the passion that you put into it.

Throughout this workshop, you will think through the incredible memories that make up your life, then you’ll choose one to develop into the best story you’ve ever told.

We write about our lives to process, to celebrate, to remember, and to be remembered. No one knows your story as well as you, so there is no one better suited to tell your tale. Together, we will learn how to talk—and write—about our lives so that people will listen.

 

For Ages 13-18
Day Saturday
Time 3:30-5:00pm
Session Feb 27-Mar 5*
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
*2 Sat. Sessions: 2/27 & 3/5

Youth Activism 101

Taught By:
Anthony Morgan
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Young people all around the world are advocating for social justice and safe schools. Youth-led social justice movements not only affect change in the classroom; the influence of young people can be noted in zines, documentaries, school board meeting rooms, and in municipal buildings all around the world.

Youth Activism 101 will include dialogue about the importance of youth activism and youth leadership, manifesto writing, and offer students an opportunity to reflect on, and address, the social climate at their own schools. Let’s explore contemporary youth-led community social justice organizing movements and use current examples as story ideas to create a manifesto!

For Ages 12-15
Day Saturday
Time 1:00-2:30pm
Session Mar 5
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Words on Walls: Writing as Public

Taught By:
Patti Smith
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Hey, writers! We think Ann Arbor is the home to some pretty fantastic fantastical creatures (fairies and their doorways, aliens climbing out of the sidewalk, monsters playing musical instruments, blue and maize banshees screaming constantly). In this workshop, we’ll give those creatures stories and voices in the form of short original odes and other prose forms we write. Then we’ll post the work around town, so passersby can learn what it’s like to be an Ann Arbor ogre or a Main Street monster.

For Ages 9-11
Day Saturday
Time 1:00-3:00pm
Session Mar 12
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

“Bot Buddies”—Art & Story Creating

Taught By:
Elaine Reed
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Most things are better when you share them—ideas, ice cream, jokes, imagination! And how great is it that writers share their characters with us through the books they write (and we read!)? In this workshop, we will create original robot characters called Bot Buddies to share with new readers. Our bots will be programmed randomly (i.e. we’ll draw character traits out of a hat!), so we’ll know some important information right away (is this bot hopeful? helpful? hilarious? loving? brave?). The rest will be up to us! What makes this particular bot unique? What details can we imagine about who they are, how they were designed, what kinds of things they like to do, what kind of motor oil they prefer? We’ll create two tiny copies of these bot creatures (using some crafting materials you might have around your house), and then we’ll write stories driven by our bot characters’ traits. Finally, each writer will send one of their bots and a copy of their story to an unknown reader, someone who might be cheered by a fresh, original, and thoughtful story and a Bot Buddy to go along with it. This workshop was inspired by the Bot Joy project.

For Ages 10-15
Day Saturday
Time 3:30-4:30pm
Session Mar 12-Mar 26*
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
*3 Sat. sessions: March 12, 19, 26

Making Myths: The Hero’s Journey

Taught By:
Charles Elliott
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A person living a dull, ordinary life is suddenly swept up into a world bigger than they could ever imagine. Guided by a wise elder, this person overcomes a series of trials that test their resolve. They strive to defeat a great evil, which they ultimately have to face alone. Making friends—and enemies—along the way, this person grows into a hero who returns home wiser than they were before. Who is this hero? Harry Potter? Luke Skywalker? Rey? Frodo Baggins? Katniss Everdeen? Or have they yet to be created? In this workshop, young writers will learn about “The Hero’s Journey,” a structure present in countless myths and stories, and create their own! Imagine a mythical world and guide your hero to victory in this epic workshop trilogy!

 

For Ages 13-15
Day Saturday
Time 1:00-2:00pm
Session Mar 19*
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
*2 Sat. Sessions: 3/19 & 3/26

Satire: The Joke’s on Everyone Else

Taught By:
Claire Stano
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From Aristophanes in ancient Greece to Amy Schumer on Comedy Central, writers have used satire to mock and critique established cultural norms. In the first session of this workshop we will briefly examine the history of satire from the plays of Aristophanes, to Jonathan Swift’s 18th century novel Gulliver’s Travels to 1984 in the 20th century, and 21st century satire such as The Daily Show and The Onion. After reviewing examples of contemporary satire, we will discuss how satirists employ irony and humor to create argumentative writing that is often more powerful and memorable than a straightforward essay. Then students will begin writing their own satires. Students’ satires may take the form of an Onion-style article, a short story, or an SNL-style script. In the second session students will return with their writing to workshop and polish their pieces.

 

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