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 - 10+
Type Drop-In
Day Wednesday
Time 6:00-7:00pm
Session Sep 28-May 31
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Wee-Bots and Up (AKA E-Bots — Elementary Bots!)

Taught By:
Claire Stano
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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 experiment with all kinds of creative writing. We cover a new topic each week, and over the semester, students have the opportunity to brainstorm, draft, revise, edit, and publish and perform their new work. We supply a new story, writing exercises, and all the materials each week — students just need to come equipped with their imaginations!

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

How Much Do You Really Know about the Internet? The Answers Will Shock (and Teach) You

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How Much Do You Really Know about the Internet? The Answers Will Shock (and Teach) You
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Could you explain Twitter to someone younger than you, or demonstrate how to avoid (or succumb to) clickbait? Can you recommend which Youtubers are the best to watch for music, humor, or how-to gaming help? What advice do you have for first time Instagram and Snapchat users? How would you create a viral video or meme? Can you get the most followers and likes, and how much do you have to actually like something to “like” a post?

In this workshop, we’ll make a user manual for social media in 2017, written by young people, for young people. First, we’ll select the social media platform that interests us most, and then we’ll describe one of our own experiences with it in order to develop a user manual entry. With personal stories and opinions (and hopefully some good memes), this user guide will be different than the dry instructions that come with your VCR (what’s a VCR, anyway?); we’ll be writing in a way that will interest and help families who are trying to understand the best ways to teach their young children about the internet.  

The workshop is hosted as part of an 826 National project with Common Sense Media and Scholastic. Interested students who participate in this workshop can submit their work for publication in a professionally published book about social media, a unique resource for families featuring the necessary voices and opinions of middle and high school social media users.

For Ages 7 and up!
Day Saturday
Time 4:00-5:00pm
Session Apr 29-May 13
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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? Rey? Frodo Baggins? 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!

This is a three session workshop, meeting on April 29, May 6, and May 13 from 4-5pm!

For Ages 11-13
Day Saturday
Time 1:00-3:00pm
Session May 13-May 20
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Our Extraordinary City: Ann Arbor

Taught By:
Hannah Mitchell
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When is the last time you became inspired by the world right around you? Though our city may seem ordinary, something extraordinary can be discovered if we look closely… Everything from local landmarks to cracks in the sidewalk can serve as the launching point into a work of magnificent writing!

This two session workshop will concentrate on Ann Arbor as inspiration for a writing project. Writers will have the opportunity to select their focus in order to uncover something unique and captivating about their community.

For Ages 12-15
Day Saturday
Time 2:00-4:00pm
Session May 27
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Wiki Mythbusters

Taught By:
Lauren Trimble
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Em Liker
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Have you ever look up Bigfoot on Wikipedia? How many times has your teacher said it isn’t a reliable source? In this workshop, we’ll plumb the depths of Wikipedia and separate the myths from the facts. After crossing the bad-source chasm and avoiding the trolls, you’ll write your own unbustable Wikipedia article.

 

For Ages 9 and up!
Day Saturday
Time 1:30-3:00pm
Session Jun 3
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

All Watched Over by Robots of Loving Grace

Taught By:
Charles Elliott
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Many writers have imagined how technological advances will affect the natural world in years to come, whether their visions are utopian or apocalyptic. In an attempt to understand the complex future that awaits, 826michigan is sending out a field expedition made up of those who have the largest role to play in the future: young people! Young writers will depart from the Robot Supply and Repair Store to observe the way we interact with nature locally and compose their own visions of how the digital world will shape, or be shaped by, the natural world.

This workshop will start and end in our writing lab (115 East Liberty Street), and, weather permitting, we will take a short walking excursion outdoors to collect information about the natural world.

For Ages 6-12
Day Saturday
Time 4:00-5:30pm
Session Jun 3
826
826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Offsetting Your Carbon Footprint

Taught By:
D’Real Graham
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Everyone’s carbon footprint is​ different, and we must remain mindful of our day-to-day ​activities​, especially activities that increase the emission of greenhouse gases. Together during this workshop we will calculate our ecological footprints, consider our ​day-to-day ​habits​ + personal choices​​, and draft a short piece of writing about how ​to address climate change. We’ll design a climate action plan and advocate for ways that everyday people can reduce ​their waste levels, water usage, and dependency on nonrenewable energy sources!

​Offsetting Your Carbon Footprint is a two​-hour ​workshop designed to engage students in the research and writing process, explore how the art of storytelling can make change in the world, and draft an original ​climate action plan​​​. We’ll also think about how other kinds of ​activities​ ​directly and indirectly pollute the atmosphere​—not just ​air pollution, but​ ground level pollution e.g.,​ ​the draining of rivers, reed destruction, and deforestation. We’ll explore creative ways to reduce our carbon footprints (example: alternatives to driving), and​ help our neighbors​ think about​ their consumption and waste levels.​

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