Writing Workshops at 826michigan – Fun Inspires Creativity

Free evening and weekend writing activities. We call them workshops because students will be creating, experimenting, and building something new with words. All are taught by volunteer writers, artists, educators, and publishing professionals in our community.

NOTE: Our After-school Writing Lab program is offered online via Zoom. Our After-school Tutoring Program is offered in-person at the Ypsilanti District Library-Michigan Ave Branch, and also at our center in downtown Ann Arbor. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details. Please allow at least four business days for your registration to process.

About Writing Workshops

FOR WHO

Students ages 8-18

WHEN

During the regular school year
Sept – May

Registration: Ongoing

WHERE

Online

All of 826michigan’s programs are temporarily only offered virtually.

What To Expect

Workshops are designed to foster creativity, strengthen writing skills, and provide students with a space to explore projects they might not otherwise have the support to undertake. Students can present their work, share feedback, and try out new genres of writing including poetry and comic creation! All workshops allow students to express themselves creatively through individualized attention from volunteers and collaboration with peers. 

Looking for a program for younger students? Check out our Wee-bots program!

It is hard to believe that when I am with you, I go faster than some birds in the air. Even when we fall, we keep going.

Sizwe H.
Age 13
Excerpt from “Riding in the Neighborhood with You,” OMNIBUS 12

Example Workshops

FOR SALE: The Honorable Art of Writing Cunning and Persuasive Advertisements:

In this workshop, students created their own inventions using materials from a Scrap Box. Then, they used persuasive writing to create ads for their new products!

My Love is as a Fever: How to Write Love Poems that Won’t Make Anyone Sick

Students considered the tired cliches of Valentine poems, and then had the chance to write their own unique, personalized, and genuinely special poems in Valentine’s cards for people they care about.

To Whom It May Concern: Letters to the Public

The young writers in this workshop considered their hopes and worries for their communities and created open letters to share their ideas. They then posted these letters around town.

Colonel Mustard in the Library with a Candlestick: How to Write a Mystery

Students in this workshop were able to explore the elements of the mystery genre, and try their hand at writing their own capers!

The Impact

By allowing students to work on self-motivated creative projects, their ability to work independently increases. 

90%

of students surveyed in one of our signature creative writing programs report feeling an increase in their confidence in writing.

Current Workshops

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