Our steps rebound, as if on trampolines. There must be something about the rotation of the Earth, the change in weather patterns, the ever-so-slight shift in proximity to Mars and Venus, and something about the weightlessness engaged in shedding layers that must affect the pull of gravity on our feet. It's a complicated equation, for sure. Like an epiphanic lightning bolt, it all makes sense to me now. Spring. Spring! It's called spring because of the way we walk after trudging through winter, even though the Earth is now soft with mud and rain. Our steps have been quite springy, and will become ever so springier. Let me tell you all about it!
Letter Writing Extravaganza
We spent a couple hours on a sunny afternoon in April writing letters to those near and far, people we know, those we admire, folks we wanted to thank, notes to our future selves, letters to the sun and to our sons. We included pictures, jokes, heartfelt gratitude, and musings of our days - both ordinary and extraordinary. We taught the little ones how to lick envelopes, the magic of placing the stamp on the envelope like the cherry on top of a sundae, and how to spell 'mama'. There were letter-writing prompts and piles of gorgeous stationery. We learned there's a difference between stationery and stationary, and our stationery was about to be stationary no more.
Thanks to those who joined us, and for your kind donations. We're going to have more Letter Writing Extravaganzas, and we promise there will be fancy quills and typewriters.
(There are so many more photos of the event over on our Facebook page!)
Short Story Speakeasy
Reading is just as important as writing, after all we are called READ and Write Kalamazoo. We've partnered up with our friends over at Bookbug for a new series: Speakeasy Stories. Quite simply, we gather together and read favorite passages, poems, short stories, etc. all regarding a central theme. We launched the series with the theme "earth." Oh my. It was amazing. We read to our kids (which is all shades of magical and important), but reading to each other is important too. We laughed, felt moved to tears, and reflected on life. It was a good two hours, and we're going to do it again. Start planning on what you're going to share regarding our next theme: Light & Darkness. We'll keep you posted on the time and date.
One of our favorite things (we have a lot of favorite things) is partnering up with local libraries to do SpeedRAWK. It's an hour of writing that always flies by. We write fast and furious, and students take home at least five or six different pieces of writing. We loved celebrating poetry month at the Central branch of Kalamazoo Public Library. While it was entirely fun, we fell in love with book spine poetry!
Be sure to keep an eye out for more SpeedRAWK events!
River Monster Mélange
Hey 2nd - 5th graders! We've still got room available for this super fun workshop with local artist/illustrator Kim Shaw! It's May 17th, 1 - 5 pm.
We need you, we really do. We've got many events and fundraisers on the horizon, and in order to grow and reach even more students in our community, we're going to need some help. Have a creative workshop you'd like to help us implement? Looking for a good excuse to write/workshop with talented young writers? Interested in finding out how you can help with fundraising and marketing events? Great! We're having a volunteer meeting! Please join us!
Tuesday MAY 13th
7:30 - 8:30 pm
@ Vine Neighborhood Association
511 W. Vine St. Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Interested in a full week of afternoons filled with other worlds, exploration and magic? Check out our calendar for information on our summer writing workshops! Creative, engaging, fun-filled days culminating in a book of published work and students reading their work at a public event! HOW COULD YOU SAY NO? :)
Don't have young writers but would still love to get involved? We are grateful for folks who DONATE so that we can continue to offer scholarships for students of our workshops!