Thurber House offers fall writing workshops for youngsters
The Thurber House will present a series of children's writing workshops through the end of the year at the Thurber Center and the downtown branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
The Young Writers' Studio for high-schoolers will be offered on Wednesdays, Sept. 26, Oct. 10 and 24, Nov. 7 and 28 and Dec. 12. Each session is from 6 to 8 p.m. and held at the Thurber House's Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave.
The cost is $15 per session. Registration is available at the center or in advance at thurberhouse.org.
The workshop is open to students in the ninth through 12th grades. The class is offered all year.
Robert Loss, a professor at the Columbus College of Art and Design, is the class facilitator.
"The Young Writers' Studio offers kids a chance to work with professional writers to lean new techniques, explore different genres, receive feedback on their work and have fun in a supportive environment," said Meg Brown, manager of children's programming at the Thurber House.
"(The workshop) is about encouraging young people to tap into their creativity and take their writing to the next level."
Write 'n Ready, a workshop for pre-school-aged children, is offered twice a year, in the spring and fall.
Fall sessions are held on Saturdays, Oct. 6, 13 and 20, and Nov. 3, 10 and 17.
Classes are from 11:30 a.m. to noon at the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave.
There is no fee for the classes, which are for children ages 3 to 5. A parent or guardian is required to attend.
Nancy Kangus, a poet and part-time employee of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, is the instructor.
"These are designed to make children realize they are story-tellers," Brown said. "These classes go over the basics of a book.
"Each session will cover a different topic (and) students will have the opportunity to draw and write their own stories."
Back at the Thurber Center, elementary-age children will be able to participate in two Pen and Tell It! workshops in November.
Each session, on Nov. 4 and 11, will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the center.
The sessions are open to fourth- through sixth-grade students and end with parent sharing from 3:30 to 4 p.m.
Classes are limited to 20 students on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for one session is $15; both sessions are $25.
The registration deadline is Oct. 26.
The first session will focus on fiction writing. The instructor is Paul Hammock, a retired Columbus City Schools teacher and a writing program instructor at the Thurber House.
The second session will focus on suspense writing. Jim Flanigan, an author and teacher, will lead the session.
For more information about the workshops, visit thurberhouse.org.