Super Saturdays

K-3 Students & 4-7 Students

Fall Series

“Writing may seem like magic, but it is for us to take our students behind the stage curtain and show them the pigeons being tucked up the magician’s sleeves.” —Donald Murray

Hey, Wonder Writer! Come Workshop with Other Young Writers.

Our writing workshop is a lively space where writers share ideas and learn strategies that they can use in all kinds of writing. Lots of writing happens here, as well as drawing and talking about ideas. We provide positive, creative conditions that invite your child to risk writing at their growing edge. This series is designed to teach the writing process and offer strategies that lift the level of student work. The teacher consultant team, Lorena Lopez and Laura Brown, will guide teachers and students, hoping that even if your child doesn’t already love to write, it may become their new favorite subject.

Lorena Lopez, SJAWP Teacher Consultant, Assistant Principal, Hoover MS, SJUSD

Laura Brown, SJAWP Leadership Team, Co-Director Invitational Summer Institute, retired Intervention Coach

September 28, 2019

Why Workshop?

Typical school writing involves worksheets and assigned formats and topics. Teachers who lead our workshops know that children want to write expressively, to write stories they’ve imagined or experienced that may be funny, scary, or sad. In workshop, also known as process writing, students learn to write the way real authors do. They can write about what matters most to themselves, share ideas with each other, and imitate the practices of good writers. Parents are invited to an informative and interactive free meeting, Parent University, that parallels what children are doing in writing workshop.

Lorena Lopez and Laura Brown

October 19, 2019

How Writing Works from the Inside

Teaching workshop, or process writing, can make writing a joy—work that is not a chore. The workshop model is based on learning to write the way experienced writers do. This writing does not demand correctness or perfection. Students make choices and build independence, then acquire greater skill with writing conventions over time. We encourage and nurture student writing, but another key piece is for you to get on the other side of the desk, doing what we ask students to do. While your child has some educational fun, you are invited to the free Parent University to have fun writing, too. Developing your own writing life is one valuable way to respond to your child’s writing. 

Lorena Lopez and Laura Brown

November 16, 2019

What Do Writers Talk About?

Writing alongside our students is walking the walk, and we soon find that we also need to talk the talk. How do you talk with children about writing beyond pointing out spelling or punctuation errors? In this session, students will explore some ways writers talk to themselves and to readers to revise drafts. Writers need feedback while developing a story; talk is important in the rehearsal stage for writing and even more so when sharing a first draft. Teachers confer with individual writers or small groups to give students strategies they can use in their next pieces. Our method is to teach the writer, not the writing. Workshop includes wonderful read-aloud picture books, with discussion on the writing moves behind these books, to inspire children to try their hand. You’re invited to join conversations about writing in the free parallel session, Parent University, while your child is in writing workshop.

Lorena Lopez and Laura Brown

Take the Fall K-3 Series

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For 4rd-7th Grade Writers

YES, And… Using the Rules of Improv to Inspire Writing

 

Who gives us permission to create?  Many students of writing are under the mistaken impression that conditions need to be perfect to foster the flow of ideas, and that only the “good’ ideas should be explored. In this course we will apply the rules of improvisation to the page. Using individual and group exercises designed to connect students to their own process, we will unleash new creative practices that fully engage the whole student in the act of writing. 

SJAWP Associate Director Jane Gilmore leads the Novel Writing Program and co-directs the Creative Writing Camp at Cumberland as well as the Teen Writers Institute at San Jose State.  Arcadia Conrad is a writer and director of the award-winning Cupertino Actors Theater out of Cupertino High School.

Take the Fall 4-7th Series

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Individual Saturday Seminars September 28, 2019

September 28 Grades 4-7

Why Workshop?

For K–3 Grade Writers

Typical school writing involves worksheets and assigned formats and topics. Teachers who lead our workshops know that children want to write expressively, to write stories they’ve imagined or experienced that may be funny, scary, or sad. In workshop, also known as process writing, students learn to write the way real authors do. They can write about what matters most to themselves, share ideas with each other, and imitate the practices of good writers. Parents are invited to an informative and interactive free meeting, Parent University, that parallels what children are doing in writing workshop.

YES, And…Using the Rules of Improv to Inspire Writing

Rule 1: Say Yes

Who gives us permission to create?  Many students of writing are under the mistaken impression that conditions need to be perfect to foster the flow of ideas, and that only the “good’ ideas should be explored. In this course we will apply the rules of improvisation to the page. Using individual and group exercises designed to connect students to their own process, we will unleash new creative practices that fully engage the whole student in the act of writing. 

October 19, 2019

Sat sem elementary student

October 19

Rule 2: Know Your Audience and Surprise Them

How Writing Works from the Inside

For K–3 Grade Writers

Lorena Lopez and Laura Brown

Teaching workshop, or process writing, can make writing a joy—work that is not a chore. The workshop model is based on learning to write the way experienced writers do. This writing does not demand correctness or perfection. Students make choices and build independence, then acquire greater skill with writing conventions over time. We encourage and nurture student writing, but another key piece is for you to get on the other side of the desk, doing what we ask students to do. While your child has some educational fun, you are invited to the free Parent University to have fun writing, too. Developing your own writing life is one valuable way to respond to your child’s writing. 

YES, And... Using the Rules of Improv to Inspire Writing

For 4-7 Grade Writers

Who gives us permission to create? Many students of writing are under the mistaken impression that conditions need to be perfect to foster the flow of ideas, and that only the “good’ ideas should be explored. In this course we will apply the rules of improvisation to the page. Using individual and group exercises designed to connect students to their own process, we will unleash new creative practices that fully engage the whole student in the act of writing.

SJAWP Associate Director Jane Gilmore leads the Novel Writing Program and co-directs the Creative Writing Camp at Cumberland as well as the Teen Writers Institute at San Jose State.  Arcadia Conrad is a writer and director of the award-winning Cupertino Actors Theater out of Cupertino High School.

November 16, 2019

What Do Writers Talk About?

For K–3 Grade Writers

Laura Brown and Lorena Lopez

Writing alongside our students is walking the walk, and we soon find that we also need to talk the talk. How do you talk with children about writing beyond pointing out spelling or punctuation errors? In this session, students will explore some ways writers talk to themselves and to readers to revise drafts. Writers need feedback while developing a story; talk is important in the rehearsal stage for writing and even more so when sharing a first draft. Teachers confer with individual writers or small groups to give students strategies they can use in their next pieces. Our method is to teach the writer, not the writing. Workshop includes wonderful read-aloud picture books, with discussion on the writing moves behind these books, to inspire children to try their hand. You’re invited to join conversations about writing in the free parallel session, Parent University, while your child is in writing workshop.

Rule 3: Timing is Everything

YES, And... Using the Rules of Improv to Inspire Writing

For 4-7 Grade Writers

Who gives us permission to create?  Many students of writing are under the mistaken impression that conditions need to be perfect to foster the flow of ideas, and that only the “good’ ideas should be explored. In this course we will apply the rules of improvisation to the page. Using individual and group exercises designed to connect students to their own process, we will unleash new creative practices that fully engage the whole student in the act of writing.

SJAWP Associate Director Jane Gilmore leads the Novel Writing Program and co-directs the Creative Writing Camp at Cumberland as well as the Teen Writers Institute at San Jose State.  Arcadia Conrad is a writer and director of the award-winning Cupertino Actors Theater out of Cupertino High School.

Agenda

  • 9:30–10:00 am – Registration in front of Sweeney Hall Courtyard
  • 9:30–10:00 am: Meet and Greet
  • 10:00–12:30 pm: Workshops
  • 12:30 pm: Dismissal/Pick Up Student Writers

Parents
Parents are invited to stay and participate in hands-on workshops specially designed for them while their children attend any of our student workshops

Registration Fees

Online

Register online and save!
$30.00 per session (+ processing fee) $75.00 for all 3 sessions
Students with free & reduced lunch -- no charge. Email sanjosewritingproject@sjsu.edu for promo code

Walk In

Walk-in registration, to be paid by cash or check only (no credit cards accepted)
$35.00 per session $75.00 for all 3 sessions.

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