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Homeschool Open Studio Writing Workshops

Young Writers & Illustrators (Ages 9 & up)
join us for the next workshop of our winter series:
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019
from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm
in the Wakefield Boys & Girls Club Youth Room
for Speech Writing & Reading

About Open Studio:

Open Studio Writing Workshops allow both parents and students (ages 9 & up) in the homeschool community a designated space to focus on writing for a variety of purposes through a combination of unstructured and structured time. Since students in the homeschool community are at different levels and working on different projects at any given time, the flexibility of the workshops allows students to join in and work at their own pace.

This series includes the parent as an integral part of each workshop. Parents are strongly encouraged to participate. Parent participation is important for two reasons. 1. Professional Development for you as your child’s writing instructor. 2. Modelling Behavior to demonstrate what active learning looks and feels like. 

Location & Schedule:

Open Studio Writing Workshops will take place in the Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield (467 Main St. Wakefield)

Workshops run the following Tuesdays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PMJanuary 8: Journal-making & writing; January 22: Speech-writing & reading; February 5: Sonnets, Ballads & letter writing; February 26: Persuasive writing & Debate; March 12: Limericks & Storytelling; March 26: Creative Writing & Expression; April 9: Close Observation & Description 

Program Structure:

To allow students (and parents) time to read, write and create on their own the workshops will include a combination of loose and structured work time. This will be adjusted depending on parent/student need as well as individual workshop needs. 
11:00 – 11:30 AM: Loose Work Time: 
The first half-hour will allow students time to arrive and settle down, to work individually, work with their parent/teacher, to receive help from the Open Studio Instructor, or to simply sit back, read and relax. Participants are welcome to bring lunch.
11:30 – 1:00 PM: Structured Work Time:
The remaining hour and a half will begin with a structured workshop format where parent teachers will be strongly encouraged to participate along with their students and will fluctuate between individual work time and workshop time adjusting according to the needs of each workshop topic and format.


To participate in any of the workshops, please email and include:
  • your name and the student's name, 
  • the date of the workshop(s) you plan to attend, and 
  • the age of the student(s). 
There is no cost for the first workshop you attend to allow families the opportunity to find out if the format fits their needs. If you would like to join us for subsequent workshops the cost will be $15/family/workshop. Please send an email with the information above so we have enough supplies on-hand.

**Please note that this is not a drop-off event. Parents must accompany their children. Pack a lunch and come meet others who enjoy being learning and being creative. Thank you to the Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield which has generously donated space for this workshop series. We look forward to writing with you!