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 6-11
Day Saturday
Time 1:00-3:00pm
Session Oct 1
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Offsetting Your Carbon Footprint

Taught By:
D’Real Graham
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Workshop description will be available for review at noon on Monday, September 26, 2016. Onward robots!

For Ages 6-11
Day Saturday
Time 1:00-3:00pm
Session Oct 8
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Dr. Blotch’s Family Inventions Lab

Taught By:
Megan Gilson
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Dr. Blotch thinks families are gross, foul, and incapable of running a business. Looking to supplement her already abundant fortune, Dr. Blotch has been experimenting with some new product designs at Blotch Industries. However, when a shipment of parts gets lost at sea, Dr. Blotch is left with only paper and recyclables to build her prototypes. With limited time to come up new plans, she is willing to allow 826michigan families to attempt their own invention designs, as long as they can convince her of their product’s usefulness. Students and families will work together to design their own invention, build a prototype out of recyclables, and market their invention with business cards, print ads, and elevator pitches. Then, students and their families will work together to persuade Dr. Blotch to accept their invention for production at Blotch Industries.

For Ages 12-18
Day Saturday
Time 1:30-3:00pm
Session Oct 8-Oct 29
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Beneath the Ink/ Profound Noise

Taught By:
Nadine Marshall
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As mass media continues to impact or world, we are brought face to face with injustices that many communities combat in their daily lives. The innovations of technology and social media continue to leave many of us grappling with what identity, equality, and justice mean, for not only our communities, but for our world. Many of us cannot remain silent as we watch images including — but not limited to — police brutality, war, inequality, hunger, and education become topics of debate socially and politically. Current events in the news constantly lead us to confront the reality of the state of our nation and our world.


This four-session workshop is an attempt to dissect the complexity of those images while placing an important value on how students can use their voices to spark a movement for change in our communities. This workshop places a unique emphasis on how writing can become an emotional outlet with a focus on concepts of advocacy and activism. Students will come to know the work of poets who are currently confronting injustices through their writing, while learning techniques of writing poetry to create work that allows their voice to be heard.

For Ages 13+
Day Saturday
Time 4:00-6:00pm
Session Oct 15
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Memorable Moments

Taught By:
Elizabeth Mitchell
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Think back to memory that has stuck with you. Perhaps you remember welcoming a new sibling home, trying out and joining the school band, or moving to a new town. How did that moment change you or help you become who you are today? We will each choose one experience or memory that made an impact on us and write a personal essay about that experience. This essay can serve as a starting point for a college or scholarship essay. Or it can be used as a submission to a writing journal like this year’s OMNIBUS.

For Ages 6-8
Day Saturday
Time 4:00-5:30pm
Session Oct 22
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Dr. Blotch’s Traveling Robot Theater Troupe

Taught By:
Rachel Cawkwell
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Dr. Blotch has decided to expand his robot business and create the first ever all-robot traveling theater troupe! Unfortunately, Dr. Blotch doesn’t know anything about theater. She’ll provide the robots but she wants US to provide everything else! We need your help coming up with amazing ideas for characters, costumes, and sets. We’ll work together to come up with short plays that will make the traveling theater troupe a success!

 

For Ages 12-16
Day Saturday
Time 11:30-1:00pm
Session Oct 29-Nov 19
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Don’t Forget to Write That Down!

Taught By:
Hanae Jonas
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Do you want to write poetry but just don’t know how to get started? In this workshop, we’ll explore fun, accessible methods that will help us craft our own poems, including erasure, collage, responding to art and music, list-making, and more—no waiting for the muse required. We’ll also talk about techniques that make our poems pop, such as imagery, metaphor, and sound. By the end of our time together, you’ll have started many poems and chosen two favorites to polish for inclusion in our very own class zine.

For Ages 9-18
Day Saturday
Time 3:30-5:00pm
Session Oct 29
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

It Came from the Robot Factory: An 826 Spooktacular

Taught By:
Charles Elliott
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A NOTICE FROM BLOTCH ENTERPRISES:

Are you a thrill seeker? Are you fascinated by the esoteric and occult? Have you ever made contact with werewolves, banshees, ghosts, extraterrestrials, or otherwise unexplained phenomena? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, your presence is requested* at a top-secret experiment being conducted by the famed robotics entrepreneur and humanitarian** Dr. Thaddeus Blotch.

A chief robot technician at Blotch Enterprises will be testing a new machine that is fueled by the power of fear itself. At this workshop, you will be asked to compose spine chilling stories of such terror that even spirits of unknown realms will respond to them, activating the device. To help you compose your stories, you will be given full*** access to the 826-files, a collection of unsolved mysteries collected in Dr. Blotch’s vault. Do you have what it takes to strike fear into even the most robotic of hearts? Sign up today!

*required

**inhumanitarian

***limited

For Ages 9-18
Day Saturday
Time 2:00-3:00pm
Session Nov 5
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Sign Now! Petitions & Persuasive Writing

Taught By:
Noelle Sciarini
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Have you ever been asked to sign a petition on the street? Been passionate about a cause and wanted to make a change in the world? Then this workshop is for you! Students will learn about the structure of petition writing and create their own call-to-actions on topics that could range from bringing back a favorite character to a TV show to adding more recycling bins to their school or offering more opportunities for robots to sing in barbershop quartets! The possibilities are endless and it’s up to *you* to make them happen.

For Ages 13+
Day Saturday
Time 4:00-6:00pm
Session Nov 5-Nov 19
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Story Behind the Picture

Taught By:
Brian Cox
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A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it only tells part of the story. In “The Story Behind the Picture,” students will write and perform a personal monologue that tells the “rest of the story” inspired by a photograph from their lives. Sessions will include theater games, improvisation, writing and polishing monologues, and rehearsing performances with a director. Family and friends will be invited to attend the show of short monologues during the final session.

For Ages 9-15
Day Saturday
Time 1:30-3:30pm
Session Nov 19
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Likely ’Hood

Taught By:
LR Nunez and Katie Whitney
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It’s a beautiful day in your neighborhood. Or maybe not! You’re the expert. Come learn how to write an Ann Arbor Observer-style article about some aspect of your neighborhood — an interesting incident, a quirky neighbor, a secret spot. We’ll guide you through the steps of writing a journalistic piece that focuses on your own experience — no need to do any pesky research! This is all about introducing others to your corner of the world and your unique perspective.

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