Our creative and expository writing workshops spark imagination and teach skills. In our workshops, reluctant writers and aspiring authors can write dystopian fiction, poems in forts, college entrance essays, and more.
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2 Saturdays: March 2 & 9 / 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | For students in grades 2 – 4 / at BFI Greenwood
Often, when we think of writing stories, we think that we have to have ideas before we write, that we must have a “Eureka!” moment before we can sit down at a desk and start. This workshop aims to debunk the myth of the stationary writer by using improv– the pinnacle of collaborative storytelling– as a hands-on, spontaneous way to generate ideas and go on STORYTELLING ADVENTURES together.
TIARA SCWARZE-TAUFIQ currently attends the University of Washington. When she’s not in class, Tiara serves as a Programming Intern at the Bureau of Fearless Ideas, where she works with young authors to write and share their unique stories every week.
Saturday, March 30th / 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | For students in grades 3 - 5 / at BFI Greenwood
Learn comics and cartoons to create your own Spiderman, Charlie Brown, or even yourself! We’re on a quest to see who can write the funniest and coolest comic. We’ll read comic strips and find out why they’re funny. We’ll check out superheroes and come up with our own adventures. And we’ll answer this question: What would you look like as a cartoon?
ALEJANDRO VALDIVIESO proudly comes from Chicago and has made sure to live in cities ever since. He works as a freelance video producer and marketing specialist for ad agencies, small businesses, and educational institutions. Alejandro is a silly guy who is passionate about colors, comics, pop culture, and making people laugh.
2 Saturdays: April 20 & 27 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | For students in grades 4 - 6 / at BFI Greenwood
Do you love Harry Potter? Lord of the Rings? Percy Jackson? Then come join us for a poetry session dedicated to magic, monsters, and adventure! You get to be the hero and craft poems that feature fantastical creatures, spells, and the weird/extraordinary. You’ll also learn about incorporating magical elements in your poems and using these elements as metaphors for larger ideas. Grab your wands...I mean pens, and join us for
some magical poetry!
Ginnye Cubel graduated from Butler University with a BA in Creative Writing. She is a member of the International Association of Professional Writers and Editors and writes on her blog at http://www.glcubel.com. When she isn't writing, she can be found snuggling with her yorkie, Oliver.
WRITING OUR DEMOCRACY
3 Saturdays: April 20, April 27 & May 4 / 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | For students in grades 6 - 8 / at BFI Greenwood
What does democracy mean to you? The University of Washington's Political Science Honor Society wants to work with you to understand what it means to live in a democracy (as a kid) and help you learn how YOU can participate! Sometimes we think of democracy as an abstract and far away idea, but giving it life and shape will help us learn the important pieces that make up a healthy democracy. In this workshop you will build your own physical representation of "democracy" as you consider what democracy means for you and your place in a democratic society, building the foundations piece by piece.
Led by BFI Staff and Volunteers
WRITING UNDER GLASS
Saturday, May 4th / 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | For students in grades 5 & 6 / at Chihuly Garden & Glass
Seattle-area glass artist, Dale Chihuly, creates things we’ve never seen before, and has changed the way we think about art. In this workshop we will walk through the Galleries, the Garden and into the Glasshouse on an immersive experience that will spark wonder and inspiration — and new writing!
BFI GUIDE TO GREENWOOD
3 Saturdays: May 4, 11, 18 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | For students in grades 4 - 6 / at BFI Greenwood
Do you love to write? Is your love of writing matched only by your love of travel and exploration? Would you like the chance to combine those interests over the course of three awesome weekends? Well you’re in luck intrepid adventure-seeker, we have just the workshop for you! This workshop will meet the first three Saturday’s of May, and we will be learning about what makes a great travel guide, going out into the field and doing research, and finally writing our very own that showcases all the cool things to do in and around BFI / The Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.!
ASHLEE CHRISTIAN the co-author of a wildly outdated (but still available on Amazon), travel guide to Mongolia. She loves traveling, learning about other cultures, and attempting to learn languages that may or may not come in handy in the future.
RE-ENVISIONING AND RE-INVENTION
3 Saturdays: May 11, 18, 25 / 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | For students in grades 6 - 8 / at BFI Greenwood
You've finished the hardest part, you've got a first draft! But now you need to edit those words and you're not sure where to start. Come join us as we learn the best ways to re-envision and re-invent your work! Students must bring a first draft of a piece they want to work on, preferably in a digital format.
REBECCA DEMAREST, an award-winning book designer, author, and technical illustrator lives in Seattle with her husband. They have a dog-like cat named Cat and a water-dog named Teal’c. Her newest novel, Less Than Charming, launched in May 2016.