Thursday, November 20, 2008Writing Workshop Series: ‘Monsters’
A former junior high teacher (now a university instructor and published author), Barri Bumgarner works with older elementary through high school students over distance learning through New Links to New Learning. During this two-part videoconference session, Barri will discuss how she wrote her own novels, what inspired her ideas, and how students can follow the same path. She inspires young writers to create stories brought about from personal fears, experiences, and real-life issues- the monsters in their lives. By opening the door to the imagination, Barri offers insights to getting kids to write, revise, and share! (Barri goes through the full process of revision, explaining that a rough draft is indeed ALWAYS rough, and rather than TELLING the students that, they’ll see it first-hand for themselves.) Students will participate in the first session by listening to readings, thinking about their own ideas, and formulating what they will write. For the second session, students will come prepared with their own writing, work on next exercise assigned by Barri, and hopefully share their products with the group!
The goal of these sessions is to allow students the opportunity to write, learn about revision, tap into ideas for their writing, and understand the process of creativity, publishing, and sharing. The first videoconference will take place January 9, and the follow up videoconference will be February 20. The cost is $200 for New Links members and $250 for nonmembers. There are two session times: 8:30 a.m. for high school and 10 a.m. for 7th and 8th grade. There is a three site limit per group. To sign up for this interactive series, contact Rebecca Morrison at email@example.com by Monday, January 5, 2009.