First Meeting of "The Parent-Child Writing Summit"

Online registration for this course now available here.

Taught by Mason Gates
Two Saturdays, September 6 and 13
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuition: $5 reservation fee per parent/child pair
Appropriate for children ages 8 to 12

In this workshop, parents and their children will have the unique opportunity to connect and inspire one another by writing poetry together. Research shows that family members play a significant role in inspiring children to read and write. This workshop is not only fun, but will help your children develop as readers and writers.

During two three-hour sessions, participants will read work by both classic and contemporary poets such as Emily Dickinson, Zachary Schomburg, and Walt Whitman, and use these texts as inspiration for their own writing. We’ll cultivate the idea of limitlessness in poetry through discussions of poetic form/device and through the practice of nontraditional approaches to writing. We’ll do free-writing, create haikus through erasure, try our hand at writing in meter, and create exquisite corpse compositions. There will be time in workshop to share our poems with each other. In the final hour of workshop, each family will bind a chapbook of the poems they created together during the Summit to take home.