Workshops Registration Has Been Experiencing Technical Difficulties; Workshops Continue Apace!

October 4, 2012 | 826 Blog Post

We now bring you this special message from our workshops team:


We are experiencing a glitch with our online registration forms.

To ensure that your student is registered for an 826michigan workshop, please email our Workshops Intern team directly at with the following information:

  • Student’s name
  • age
  • school
  • address
  • phone number
  • workshop preference.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can! We sincerely apologize for the technical difficulties many of you have experienced with workshops registration, but we assure you that our workshops robots are working around the clock to ensure clear lines of communication about workshop registration.

We’d also like to highlight a few of our workshops this schedule! Please see below for more about our English Language Learners program as well as workshops for playwriting and college essays. We would greatly appreciate it if you helped us spread the word about these special opportunities. For further questions about workshops, please e-mail or give us a call at (734) 761-3463.

We can’t wait to see you this fall at an 826michigan workshop.


Program Manager Catherine Calabro
and Workshops Interns Alyssa Selasky and Peter Wagner


826michigan-Telluride English Language Learning Workshop Series Taught by Derek Leverette and Yourui Yeo
Ages: 8-18
Thursdays: October 4, October 18, November 1, November 15, November 29, and December 6, 6:30-7:30pm

Please note: This workshop meets almost every other week throughout the academic year, but new students are welcome to join the group at any time or miss sessions as needed.

Register today and tell us which sessions you’d like to take!

Join this fun workshop to learn and improve your English! Each hour-long lesson is based on a theme like Hobbies & Interests, Food, Holidays & Occasions, Superpowers, and many more! Volunteers will help students develop their English proficiency through activities that will improve students’ comprehension, speaking, writing, reading, and grammar skills. At the end of each workshop series, there will also be a gathering to celebrate our students’ successes.

This workshop is open to all levels of English proficiency. We encourage students to take the optional English assessment if they register for the workshop, so that we may better prepare to meet their needs.

Derek Leverette is an ESL instructor and newcomer to Ann Arbor. He is often seen doing battle with his nemesis, the future perfect tense.

Yourui Yeo is a student at the University of Michigan and a resident at the Telluride House. A native of Malaysia, Yourui is actually an ESLer who has, over the years, become more comfortable with English than her native tongue, Mandarin. She also volunteers as an English teacher at a retirement home.

This workshop is held in partnership with the Michigan Branch of Telluride Association (aka Telluride House). The Telluride House is a residential community at the University of Michigan focused on intellectual inquiry, self-governance, and community service. It is fully funded by the Telluride Association.


PLAYS AND PLAYWRITING: Five Minute Plays Taught by Joe Horton
Ages: 12-18
Wednesday, October 10; Thursday, October 11; and Thursday, October 25; 6-8pm; follow-up sessions by appointment in mid-October (three group sessions plus a one-on-one revision session)

Philip Henslowe: Mr. Fennyman, allow me to explain about the theatre business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.

Hugh Fennyman: So what do we do?

Henslowe: Nothing. Strangely enough, it all turns out well.

Fennyman: How?

Henslowe: I don’t know. It’s a mystery.

– Shakespeare in Love

Drama! Intrigue! Comedy! Adventure! Mystery! This workshop will help writers develop plays for performance. Playwrights will have the opportunity to work individually or in small groups to brainstorm, write, and revise engaging short plays. We’ll try to take some of the mystery out of theatre while keeping suspense on the stage — what makes great drama, and how we can develop exciting characters and situations, particularly in brief scenes? Surmounting all obstacles on the road to imminent success, we’ll also focus on submitting our scripts for the Five Bowls of Oatmeal play festival on November 18, 2012, where selected plays will be rehearsed and performed by professional actors!

Joseph Horton is a veteran workshop leader for 826. He’s graduate of the School of Theatre at the University of Southern California and the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Michigan, where he won Hopwood Awards for Drama, Screenplay, and Novel, as well as a Farrar Memorial Playwriting Grant. His play, At the Broken Places, received its world premiere in Edinburgh in 2010 and transferred to London in March 2011 where it was nominated for six Off West End Awards including Best Play. His play The Toll ran for the entirety of the Edinburgh Festival in August 2011. His newest play, American Cousins, received its first reading at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London in September 2012. Joe has emceed Five Bowls of Oatmeal since the festival began in 2010.


Super-Amazing College Entrance and Scholarship Essay Writing Workshop (With Pizza!)
Taught by Will Purves
Saturday, October 13, 11am-3pm (one session with an optional follow-up session during Drop-In Tutoring in mid-October)

So, you’re applying to college? Thinking about scholarships? You probably need to write an essay (or two or six or more). This workshop will take you from the blank page to the finished draft. You will work with a tutor, participate in brainstorming exercises, analyze successful essays, and write. The goal: to leave with a draft (or
drafts) you feel good about submitting or reviewing with your parents, college counselor, or English teacher. The cool thing is that about a week later, you will have a chance to come back to work on another draft or re-tool an essay for a different school or scholarship, all with a tutor!

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 you are contemplating.

When you sign up, please indicate whether you have a laptop you can bring to the workshop; if not, we will arrange to have a computer at
826 for your use. Did we mention that lunch is included?

Will Purves is a local writer, educator, and teacher who has worked with tests and test-takers, essay writers, and aspiring writers for many years. He is an experienced test, essay, and writing coach and has worked with 826 as a workshop leader and tutor and was honored as Volunteer of the Month in November 2010. He enjoys helping students figure out their test-taking strengths and coming up with strategies that make the experience more successful (and more bearable!). He also really wants you to get into the college of your choice!

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