Winter Session Begins!

Yes, it’s raining in Los Angeles. It’s definitely winter. Of course, last year I was ready for La Nina rains, and all season almost nothing fell from the sky. This year, I have no raincoat and have lost all umbrellas and it’s coming down cats and dogs-style. This winter session of creative writing we shall embrace the weather and cozy up with our words and imagination.

Welcome Ivanhoe Elementary to the Winter Sessionwinter session of creative writing

Our winter session of Writing Club at Ivanhoe Elementary just started and I’m thrilled to be teaching such a great group of kids. We’ve picked out our club names (like Minnie and Snow Flurry) and we launched into our first writing prompt. This week we’re going to start our Invord dictionary and try our hand at Anthropomorphism.

Pilgrim at it again!

Last week was our first week of the winter session of Writing Club at Pilgrim Day School. Our first exercise was a study of Cause and Effect. I passed around an image of a giant fish – either a shark or swordfish – which was mid-dive into the roof of a building (see inset). I split the class in half and I asked one half to write the cause of the photo, and the other half to write the effect. Then I paired up a cause writer and an effect writer and they read their stories together linearly.

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