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:

  • Students are welcome to sign up for multiple workshop sessions.
  • Students may come to AS MANY DROP-IN WRITING sessions as they like.
  • 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 the Washtenaw County Workshops Team (workshopswc@826michigan.org) or Detroit Workshops Team (workshopsdet@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 workshopswc@826michigan.org to let us know what’s working for you and what isn’t!

For Ages 6-9
Type Drop-In
Day Monday
Time 4:00-5:00pm
Session Jul 10-Aug 14
Detroit Robot Factory
1351 Winder St.
Detroit, MI 48207

Wee-Bots at the Detroit Robot Factory

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

Wee-Bots is back for the summer! Join the talented and motivated young-writers community for drop-in writing at the Detroit Robot Factory. Many of the sessions begin with reading a picture book together, followed by a discussion of the story. Then students write their own stories based on a prompt from the discussion. We tackle themes and ideas such as agency and self-esteem, all from a diverse set of books.

For Ages 8-18
Type Drop-In
Day Wednesday
Time 4:00-5:00pm
Session Jul 12-Aug 9
Whittaker Road YDL
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti Township, MI 48198

Youth Drop-in Writing at YDL

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

At Drop-in Writing, students use their creativity to experiment with all kinds of writing. Over the semester, students have the opportunity to brainstorm, draft, revise, publish, and perform their new work! We supply the writing exercises and all the materials—students just need to come equipped with their imaginations!

Drop-in will meet in the amphitheater room in the back of the library’s youth department.

For All Ages
Type Drop-In
Day Wednesday
Time 6:00-7:00pm
Session Jul 12-Aug 16
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Drop-in Writing for weE-Bots (Elementary Bots!) on Liberty Street

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

At Drop-in Writing, students use their creativity to experiment with all kinds writing. We cover a new topic each week, starting by reading a book together. Then, we experiment and try out something exciting that the author has done as a writer in our own way. Over the semester, students have the opportunity to brainstorm, draft, revise, publish, and perform their new work! We supply the writing exercises and all the materials—students just need to come equipped with their imaginations!

For Ages 8-14+
Type Drop-In
Day Thursday
Time 2:00-3:00pm
Session Jul 13-Aug 17*
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
*No session Thursday, July 20 due to Art Fair

WC: Liberty Street Youth Drop-in Writing

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

At Drop-in Writing, students use their creativity to experiment with all kinds writing. Over the semester, students have the opportunity to brainstorm, draft, revise, publish, and perform their new work! We supply the writing exercises and all the materials—students just need to come equipped with their imaginations!

For Ages 9+
Day Friday
Time 11:00-12:30pm
Session Jul 21-Aug 4
Detroit Robot Factory
1351 Winder St.
Detroit, MI 48207

Dear _______

Taught By:
Katelyn Durst
Bio
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Have you ever experienced something that happened outside of your control? Writing poems is a great way to process through those experiences. During this workshop we will write free verse poems in letter form in order to respond to things happening in our lives. We will (literally!) address our community, our family, our school and ourselves. At the end we will create an envelope book and it will be as amazing as it sounds! This envelope book will be an exercise in DIY book publishing and will give us a tangible way to showcase our poems for years to come.

For Ages 11-14
Day Saturdays
Time 11:00-12:00pm
Session Jul 22-Jul 29
Detroit Robot Factory
1351 Winder St.
Detroit, MI 48207

I Think, Therefore I Ramble

Taught By:
Mariam Reda
Bio
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What’s your life story? To answer this you could start from the beginning and create a timeline, or you could ramble on and on to your heart’s desire! In this two-part workshop you’ll experience a free writing exercise that dives deep into what makes you unique. You’ll create a rambling autobiography that shows other people the parts of you that most don’t know, in a freestyle writing form! We’ll experiment with projecting your thoughts onto paper, where your favorite type of cheese is equally as important as the city you grew up in. Because your life isn’t just about the big moments – it’s about the small parts of you that help to create the main character in your own life story.

For Ages 13-18
Day Tuesday
Time 2:00-3:30pm
Session Jul 25
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

City Explorers, City Poets

Taught By:
Rachel Cawkwell
Bio
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Cities are bustling, lively places where so many people and things are moving every moment that it’s hard to imagine how anyone can possibly write about them in a poem of just a few lines. But in this workshop, we’re going to try and tackle this challenge together. We’ll think about Ann Arbor in a fresh light — as explorers and poets. We’ll read a few examples of poems about cities and then head out for a walk around Ann Arbor to see what sort of inspiration we can find. We’ll return to the robot lab to translate our notes into poems.

For Ages 9-11
Day Monday
Time 2:00-3:30pm
Session Jul 31
Detroit Robot Factory
1351 Winder St.
Detroit, MI 48207

Flags That Unite

Taught By:
Jack Cheng
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Did you know that the city of Detroit has its own flag? If you were to make a flag to for you and your friends, what would it look like? In this highly visual and hands-on workshop, students will learn about the design of flags and, together with their fellow students, design a flag of their own! Students will also each produce a short piece of writing to help others understand the meaning(s) of their flag.

For Ages 8-12
Day Tuesday
Time 2:00-3:30pm
Session Aug 1
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Mysterious Case of the Floating Egg: Using the Scientific Method to Make Discoveries

Taught By:
Omari Baruti
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Eggs sink in regular water, right? But when we add a special ingredient to the water, we find that suddenly they can float. Can you help us solve the mystery? During this workshop, students will become detectives in order to explore this question. They will practice using scientific writing as they investigate, record the clues, and create a lab notebook to crack the case of the floating egg.

For All Ages
Type Drop-In
Day Thursday
Time 2:00-3:30pm
Session Aug 3
ydl_whittaker
Whittaker Rd Branch Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Family Writing Lab at the Ypsilanti District Library

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

This event is a drop-in program, so no pre-registration is necessary!

 

This is an event for the whole family!

Our Family Writing Labs are special events that provide different ways for the whole family to experience writing together. Join us this summer as we host our Family Writing Labs at seven different community spaces in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, and engage with families as we play writing games and try out different hands-on writing activities. Each event will also feature special guest organizations, whose writing station(s) will provide an opportunity to explore writing in the community. At the end of the event, families can publish their writing in a book, and read their collaborative stories in an open mic! Join us for an evening of family writing fun!

For Ages 9-12
Day Saturday
Time 11:00-12:30pm
Session Aug 5
Detroit Robot Factory
1351 Winder St.
Detroit, MI 48207

Be Careful What You Wish For

Taught By:
Brandan Pierce
Bio
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You are walking along, minding your own business, when all of a sudden a genie pops up and grants you three wishes. Are you prepared? How do you know you’ll wish for the right thing? Money? Fame? A new car? What are the rules of wish granting? What if you miss a very important word? In this workshop, we will think about our three wishes, play the roles of magical genies, and how to carefully choose our words to avoid any tales of tragedy. 

For Ages 6 and up!
Day Saturday
Time 2:00-3:30pm
Session Aug 5
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The New 826michigan Dictionary

Taught By:
Charles Elliott
Bio
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Dr. Blotch was furious that his line of Blotch Brand Dictionaries™ were not selling as well as he had hoped. After giving it several minutes of thought, Blotch realized the problem: people already know all the words! Why would someone buy a dictionary with words that they already know? Now Dr. Blotch is setting out to create a New 826michigan Dictionary with brand new words, but he needs the help of several writers to create these words and give them meaning! Are you up to the task?

For Ages 12+
Day Mon. - Tues.
Time 1:00-2:30pm
Session Aug 7-Aug 8
Detroit Robot Factory
1351 Winder St.
Detroit, MI 48207

Using the Impossible to Envision A Future All Our Own

Taught By:
Sydney Morgan-Green
Bio
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When people think of science fiction they usually think of space, robots, and men in bow ties fighting robots in space. But no one ever looks deeper into science fiction to examine what it’s really about. Change. Social, political, even individual. Science fiction writers envisions the change they wish to see through impossible means. This workshop will explore science fiction and students’ own desire for change. Using short science fiction stories as a blueprint, we will identify how through “impossible” means change can be made. Students will create their own science fiction short stories that examine the change they want to see and the impossible means by which they will make it happen.

For Ages 10-15
Day Tuesday
Time 2:00-4:00pm
Session Aug 8
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Yes, And . . . Write! Using Improv to Write Sketch Comedy

Taught By:
Lucy Huber
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Do you delight in making others laugh? Would you like to hone your comedic chops? In this workshop, students will begin by practicing some short improv exercises and talking about the elements that make up improvisational acting. From here, we will watch some short all-age-friendly sketch comedy, and discuss the different types of sketches and what makes each type funny. Once we’ve had a chance to explore both improv and sketch comedy as genres, we will break up into groups and use what we’ve learned to write our own short sketches. By the end of the workshop, each group will have the chance to perform their original sketch for the everyone.

For All Ages
Type Drop-In
Day Tuesday
Time 5:30-7:30pm
Session Aug 8
Mallet’s Creek Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library
3090 E Eisenhower Pkwy
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Family Writing Lab at the Ann Arbor District Library

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

This event is a drop-in program, so no pre-registration is necessary!

 

This is an event for the whole family!

Our Family Writing Labs are special events that provide different ways for the whole family to experience writing together. Join us this summer as we host our Family Writing Labs at seven different community spaces in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, and engage with families as we play writing games and try out different hands-on writing activities. Each event will also feature special guest organizations, whose writing station(s) will provide an opportunity to explore writing in the community. At the end of the event, families can publish their writing in a book, and read their collaborative stories in an open mic! Join us for an evening of family writing fun!

For Ages 6-10
Day Saturday
Time 10:30-12:00pm
Session Aug 12
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

A Writeable Feast: Flavorful Food Writing

Taught By:
Andie Cisneros
Bio
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Yum! Come join us for an morning of flavorful food writing at 826! For this workshop, we will be explorers of food texture, sound, smell, and flavor. We’ll also tap into our favorite food memories and think about food like writers, which involves careful observation and zesty word choice. By the end of this workshop, our readers won’t be able to stop themselves from drooling over the way we chose to describe mouthwatering details in odes, reviews, and love letters to favorite foods. Get ready to use all five senses this fun-diddly-scrumptious workshop.

This workshop was designed and originally led by Mike White and Caitlin Koska.

For Ages 13+
Day Saturday
Time 11:00-1:00pm
Session Aug 12
Detroit Robot Factory
1351 Winder St.
Detroit, MI 48207

Reality Bites

Taught By:
Shiraz Ahmed
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Ever think life was stranger than fiction? In this workshop, we’ll learn the art of telling a story about the world around you. Students will practice interviewing skills, read great works of nonfiction… and see some stand-up comedy to boot. By the end of the workshop, we’ll produce one or two true stories and be inspired by the more peculiar aspects of our everyday lives. Skills learned would be useful in journalism, film, personal essay-writing, or whenever you need to tell a story about the world.

For Ages 8-12
Day Saturday
Time 2:00-3:30pm
Session Aug 12
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Word Art! Using Design to Make Our Poetry Look as Good as It Sounds

Taught By:
Ellen High
Bio
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In this workshop, we’ll be smashing together the best parts of drawing and writing to create beautiful pieces of art . . . out of words! We see text combined with pictures everywhere, from greeting cards to comic books to pieces of art in a museum. We will look at the properties of these pieces, such as the size, color, and form of the text, and investigate why they are well suited (or maybe not so well suited) to the meaning of the word they’re decorating. Does this word look lifeless? AUTHORITATIVE? e.x.t.r.a.t.e.r.r.e.s.t.r.i.a.l?

We’ll be exploring these concepts by creating fun, silly poems filled with juicy descriptive words, and then illustrating them to make them speak volumes! Students can expect to leave with a frame-worthy piece of found poetry.

For Ages 8-15
Day Tuesday
Time 2:00-3:30pm
Session Aug 15
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Scientist’s Guide to the Galaxy: Crafting Bizarre, Weird, and Wonderful Science Fiction Settings

Taught By:
Jeff Shi
Bio
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Have you ever been transported to a wildly different — yet believable — world through a book or a movie? How DO writers imagine and create these fabulous settings? In this workshop, students will explore various science fiction worlds and then will have the chance to create their own. They will be able to develop fantastical details, surprising yet consistent rules, and exciting twists for their worlds so that they can transport their readers into a brand new existence. In order to create these incredible new settings, students will explore, using a scientific mind and special writing techniques.

Liberty Street Robot
Supply & Repair
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 761-3463
Detroit Robot Factory
1351 Winder
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 818-0255