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Family Days is a series of creative writing workshops for youth ages 0-13. One Saturday a month, youth and their parents are encouraged to attend these hour long workshops together, then stick around for breakfast concerts featuring healthy food and live, local music. Learn more about the program below.
Workshops run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and are led by UA Honors students enrolled in a service learning course called "Writing the Community." Breakfast concerts featuring free snacks and live local music run from11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Drop-in writing activities, games, and typewriters are scattered throughout the library and available for use until 1 p.m.
Parents may self-select the workshop that works best for their child. These workshops are designed to be fun & playful. This isn't school (yeah!), but you may notice an increased facility and interest in reading and writing when your child attends.
Sing-a-long (for children ages 0-3)
Local musician and educator Gabrielle Peitrangelo team up with creative writing UA students to lead this fun and heartwarming sing-a-long story time. Especially geared for babies and toddlers, the whole family is welcome to enjoy.
Ready to Read Poetry (for children ages 4-6)
Based off the Poetry Center's preschool curriculum Verse!: Poetry for Young Children, participants in this workshop write collaborative poems and stories while practicing letter recognition, rhyming, and a variety of literary elements like onomatopoeia, metaphor, simile, and others.
Creative writing workshop (ages 7-10)
Participants in this workshop write independently and collaboratively and read classic poems & stories as a means to inspire their own writing process. Workshop leaders guide participants through a series of playful, fun, and interesting explorations of language that emphasize the stages of the writing process. All participants leave with an original story or poem.
Creative writing workshop (ages 11-13)
This workshop is similar to the 7-10 age group, but the texts we investigate are more complicated, albeit age appropriate. Standard literary elements such as metaphor, simile, symbolism, hyperbole are put to use in addition to more complex concepts paradox and allusion. Additionally, participants may spend time exploring the more performative nature of poetry. All participants leave with an original story or poem.