Upper Arlington resident Sarah Magill is among the instructors of the Thurber House literary workshops, Writing Wizards (formerly known as the Thurber Writing Academy).

Upper Arlington resident Sarah Magill is among the instructors of the Thurber House literary workshops, Writing Wizards (formerly known as the Thurber Writing Academy).

Magill will conduct a workshop called "Mother of All Inventions," to be held Saturdays, Jan. 23 through Feb. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave.

The purpose of the workshop, which is geared toward fourth- and fifth-grade students, is to help children use imagination to hone their writing skills, Magill said.

"What I want to do is spark their creativity, as if that were the electricity," she said, "then what do you want to use that electricity for?"

Magill will lead students through a variety of exercises designed to enhance creativity.

"They're going to be designing an invention," she said. "One week they will be writing a commercial for that invention. One week they'll be looking out 50 or 100 years and writing about how that invention changed the world. They'll be writing an ode to it. It's learning to use their creativity in different ways."

Magill is a journalist who has written for The Columbus Dispatch, Chicago Tribune, Parents Magazine and the Ohio State University Alumni Magazine. She and her husband, John, a member of the Upper Arlington Public Library board of trustees, have four children: Mike, 19; Patrick 17; Kate, 14; and Elizabeth, 12.

The Thurber Center's Writing Wizards provides an environment where children can share common interests in writing, Magill said.

"I can't think of a better way to spend a wintry Saturday afternoon than sharing that time with other kids that are like you," she said.

Registration deadline for Writing Wizards is Jan. 11. For more information, call (614) 464-1032 or visit Thurberhouse.org.