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 14-18
Day Tuesday
Time 8:00-9:30pm
Session Jan 14-May 6*
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
*No session 1/21, 2/18, 3/4, 4/8

Best American Nonrequired Reading Editorial Board

Taught By:
Colin Corrigan
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Nora Byrnes
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Come join excited, engaged readers from all over Southeast Michigan to select pieces for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Best American Nonrequired Reading. Together with the committee from 826 Valencia in San Francisco, the 826michigan BANR team will spend the year unearthing interesting stories and articles, reading them and sparring over their merits and flaws before seeing their hard work in print.

This workshop runs throughout the academic year, and students are welcome to join the group at anytime.

For Ages 8-12
Type Drop-In
Day Monday
Time 6:00-7:00pm
Session Jan 27-Jun 2*
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
*No session 2/17, 4/7 & 5/26

Liberty Street Drop-in Writing

Taught By:
Amy Wilson
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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 Ages 6-8
Type Drop-In
Day Wednesday
Time 6:00-7:00pm
Session Jan 29-Jun 4*
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
*No session 2/19 and 4/9

Drop-in Writing for Wee-Bots

Taught By:
Brandan Pierce
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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 8-12
Type Drop-In
Day Wednesday
Time 5:30-6:30pm
Session Apr 16-May 21
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
Bio
Becky Welzenbach
Bio
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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 13+
Type Drop-In
Day Monday
Time 5:30-6:30pm
Session Apr 21-May 19
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 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 Apr 22-May 13
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
Bio
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 6-7
Day Tuesday
Time 6:00-7:30pm
Session Apr 22
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

A My Name is Agatha: Concept Books for Early Writers

Taught By:
Catherine Calabro
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A my name is Agatha and my buddy’s name is Abe! We come from Antarctica and we sell anacondas! Ever heard of us? No? Well, allow us to introduce you to our favorite long list of letters (the alphabet!) through a series of writing games. After some letter/sound bingo, we’ll take one word that’s important to us and use it as the jumping off point for our own concept books, full of all the best words that start with each letter, plus illustrations!

This workshop was inspired by the wonderful writing workshops of Mary Roderique.

For Ages 7-9
Day Tuesday
Time 6:00-7:30pm
Session Apr 29
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Odes to Animals

Taught By:
Emily Pittinos
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Have you ever wanted to tell your favorite animals how you feel about them, but just couldn’t find the words? Odes are poems meant to help you do exactly that! In this workshop we will learn about several tools poets use to express their admiration, and then we’ll use those tools to write poems dedicated to our favorite fuzzy (or scaly) friends. Parents, join us on the Reading Rug for the last fifteen minutes of class where we will share our odes and illustrations with everyone.

For Ages 12-18
Day Thursday
Time 6:00-8:00pm
Session May 1
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Writing for a Live Studio Audience: The Art of the Sitcom

Taught By:
Tom Bianchi
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Brian Collins
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Cecilia Latiolais
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Screenwriting is an art you’ve been studying just about everytime you turn on the television. As a viewer, you learn what makes a comedy show worth watching (and what makes a flop). But have you ever wondered how far the story for your favorite sitcom travels before it hits the glitz of the screen? In this workshop, you and your fellow comedians will review the narrative structure of a sitcom, and as a team, collaborate on a brand new sitcom pilot. We’ll consider our audience and economy of language as we keep hilarity and energy on the page moving non-stop.

For Ages 13-18
Day Thursday
Time 6:00-8:00pm
Session May 8
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Character Games

Taught By:
Cameron Stewart
Bio
Lauren Moran
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Want to create characters that live and breathe on the page? Want to enhance the characters in your post-apocalyptic story set in dystopian Ann Arbor? Want to write an ill-fated romance that pulls at the heartstrings? No matter what your favorite genre or style, come learn how to develop characters that are three-dimensional and believable. Whether your characters are fighting zombies or existing in the daily struggles of life, step on the path to successful characterization!

For Ages 11-14
Day Friday
Time 4:30-6:30pm
Session May 9-May 16*
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
*2 Friday afternoon sessions

The Fantasy-Fantasy Epic: Create and Market your Own Concept for a Movie

Taught By:
Amy Wilson
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The Hobbit. The Hunger Games. The Harry Potter. We all love a good epic movie — but have you ever thought about making your own? In this two-session workshop, students will learn the elements of an epic film. We’ll create our own concepts, start a plan for making the film, and develop a marketing plan. The goal of this workshop is to gain the tools to plan for and start a large creative project.

 

For HS Juniors
Day Tuesday
Time 6:00-8:00pm
Session May 13
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

College Entrance Essay Writing Workshop IV: For Rising Seniors (with Pizza!)

Taught By:
Megan Gilson
Bio
Will Purves
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Juniors! It may seem like your time in high school is far from over, but now is the time to begin thinking about your college choices and the application essays that they require. In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to begin brainstorming about the college application essay process 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 leave 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. Juniors who participate in this workshop will be automatically registered for a follow-up application essay drafting and revising workshop in Fall 2014.

 

For Ages 9-11
Day Saturday
Time 1:00-2:30pm
Session May 17
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Get Smart: The Secret Code of Advertisements

Taught By:
Matt Lauer
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Advertisements are all around us, sometimes to the point that they’re annoying. We could try to tune them out, but we’ll run into ads anyway. In order to be smart consumers, we’ve got to be critical of the ads we face and the messages they convey. This workshop will ask students to get smart and decipher the code and messages behind ads they face. Students will be presented certain advertisements and asked what makes them appealing. Then we’ll reverse engineer the enterprise, asking students to take a turn as advertisers, and create their own products and ads to market them.

For Ages 8-10
Day Thursday
Time 6:00-7:30pm
Session May 22
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 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 9-11
Day Thursday
Time 6:00-7:30pm
Session May 29-Jun 5*
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
*2 Thursday sessions

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

Taught By:
Aneesha Badrinarayan
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Bring your khaki shorts and pull up a trowel to join us on a journey into a previously unknown civilization. Students will join an archeological 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 8-10
Day Saturday
Time 1:00-3:00pm
Session May 31
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Dr. Blotch’s Guide to Sticky Science: Inventions in the Ice Cream Laboratory

Taught By:
Megan Gilson
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Dr. Blotch has recently fired all of the ice cream scientists at 826michigan because the flavors are way too generic. Very Boring Vanilla? Spiritless Strawberry? Calm Chocolate? Blah! We can make more interesting flavors than that, right? But, problem: we don’t have any kind of fancy ice cream maker. Is there a way we can make ice cream here at 826michigan? Using the scientific method, students will design an experiment and learn the scientific process behind ice cream making. Then, we’ll see this science in action by testing these experiments and recording our observations in lab notebooks. After that, we’ll switch roles and become semi-professional ice cream taste testers, figuring out which flavors we should send to Dr. Blotch, again recording and describing our taste observations.

This workshop was adapted from “Science Club: Ice Cream!” from 826 National’s Don’t Forget to Write.

For Ages 12-15
Day Tuesday
Time 6:00-7:30pm
Session Jun 3
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Your Daily Dose of Humor: Creating Captions for New Yorker Cartoons

Taught By:
Hillary Bedeian
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Ever let out a giggle or guffaw over a cartoon that was perfectly matched with its caption? Ever dreamed of becoming a caption-crafter yourself? Join us for a caption-writing workshop and learn how to expertly craft your own zingers for cartoons from the New Yorker, using your own sheer wit and writing skills!

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