Check out these amazing summer workshops and classes offered by our friends at Mighty Writers!

Summer Skywatch (Ages 5-6)
Wednesdays 4:00-6:00pm
August 1, 8, 15 (3 sessions)
Get excited about reading, writing and watching the sky in this imaginative workshop. We’ll start off by reading “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” by Judi Barrett and learn how to use simile, metaphor and other literary devices to talk about the weather. We’ll also learn about prediction as we produce real and imaginary weather forecasts.

Documentary Poetry for Beginners (Ages 7-9)
Sunday, June 3, 4:30-6:00pm (single session)
Transform yourself into a documentary poetry detective. There’s nothing to fear. If you like cutting, pasting and making collages, this workshop is for you. We’ll read and write documentary poetry and find clues in magazines, newspapers and photos. You may just be surprised by what we find, and how we creatively turn everyday language into poetry!

Garden Writing Club (Ages 8-11)
Sundays 1:00-2:30pm
Apr. 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, June 3, 10 (8 sessions; no session May 27)
For the Spring 2012 edition of Garden Writing Club, we’ll explore the following themes through art and writing: composting, planting, plant care and nutrition. Every Sunday, we’ll meet in the main writing studio at 1501 Christian St. The class will be conducted in the studio and in the Universal Garden across the street. Parent contributions of gloves, spades and seeds welcome!

Poets Who Know It! (Ages 9-11)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm
May 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 (6 sessions)
In this workshop, we will examine all kinds of poetry, from the silly fun of a limerick to the structure of iambic pentameter. We will find out about poets from different genres and time periods, including Shakespeare, Roald Dahl and A. A. Milne. After group discussion of selected poems, we will explore our own creative expression through word games, role play and visual arts, and then create original poetry of our own.

Summer Yoga for Kids (Ages 9-11)
Sundays 2:00-3:30pm
July 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5, 12 (6 sessions)
Join Ms. Maureen from Yoga Child and Mighty summer intern Ms. Ashley for a combo yoga and writing workshop. Focusing on the themes of balance and endurance, we’ll learn basic yoga poses and write about what yoga can teach us about ourselves and our lives. Join us if you’re an aspiring yogi, or if you’d just like to practice balance and build endurance with some Mighty friends this summer.

Comic Book Club (Ages 9-11)
Tuesdays 4:00-6:00pm
July 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug. 7, 14 (6 sessions)
Why do we use the words we use? Where do they come from, and how can we describe them? Join us as we learn the origins of everyday words and illustrate them in comic form, to better understand what we say and write. We will explore the back-story behind commonly used words, find meanings we didn’t know existed, and then use our creativity to make Mighty comics.

Miss Write Now (Ages 10-12)
Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm
July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16 (6 sessions)
Consider this workshop the little sister to our popular “Girl Power Poetry.” We’ll read great female writers from many genres and write poetry, fiction and nonfiction of our own. As inspiration, we’ll read selections from the work of Jamaica Kincaid, Gail Tsukiyama, Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Parker, Arundhati Roy, Zadie Smith and others. Join us for this intensive power-writing workshop!

Blood and Guts Galore (Ages 11-13)
Sunday, June 10, 3:00-4:30pm (single session)
What could be better than exploring blood, guts and gory diseases? Learn about extreme diseases and find out how science is a part of everyday life. Like the scientific method, science writing is methodical, and we’ll learn the steps for communicating scientific ideas clearly.

Writing Comic Scripts (Ages 12+)
Sunday, June 10, 4:30-6:00pm (single session)
This is a class with a little bit of “character.” Every story, no matter what, needs characters. In this class we will create robust characters and write high-action comic scripts. If you’ve got an idea for a story, we’ll show you how to create the characters you’ll need to make your story stand out.

Mighty Mural Project (Ages 12-15)
Sundays 3:30-5:00pm
July 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5, 12 (6 sessions)
As a Mighty Writer, you’re invited to participate in the design and messaging of a mural in South Philadelphia. In partnership with the Artistic Rebuttal Book Project, this workshop will offer students a forum to think about writing and art, and the value of each to our South Philadelphia neighborhood. This workshop will include writing, design and illustration, and will end with a mural design to be painted during the spring of 2013. Make your mark on South Philadelphia!

Teen Lounge (Ages 13+)
Wednesdays 6:00-8:00pm
Ongoing
Come relax in our studio late night on Mighty Writers’ second floor, where we’ll discuss issues, make creative projects and just hang out. Did we mention we have a pool and ping-pong table? We’ll also take some field trips and get to know guest artists from around the city.

 For more information, log on to Mighty Writers, and, of course, don’t forget to submit your poems, stories, comics, and artwork to Philadelphia Stories, Junior!

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