Because parents are their children’s first and most important teachers, EMWP wants to support parents in their efforts to create an environment at home that fosters a love for reading and writing and helps their children and teens become confident, skillful writers. Through the Family Literacy Initiative, we offer workshops at different levels: for elementary students and their families, for middle school parents, and for high school teens and their parents or guardians.
For more information about attending one of these workshops or scheduling a parent or family workshop at your local library or school, please contact Kimberly Pavlock, EMWP Youth and Family Literacy Coordinator.
Workshops for Elementary and Middle Students and their Families
This 90-minute workshop brings together children and their grandparents to share in the joy of relating and making memories through writing. Using picture books, drawing, and storytelling, workshop participants will create snapshots in writing of treasured childhood moments. This workshop can be adapted for specific holidays and events.
This 90-minute workshop is for parents and caregivers who want to learn more about how to encourage their student writers in grades K – 8 at home. We’ll explore family activities that promote writing as well as effective ways to respond to children about their writing.
This 90-minute workshop is for parents and caregivers who would like to learn more about how to encourage and support young teens as writers. We will explore a variety of activities that promote writing as well as effective ways to respond to adolescents about their writing.
Facilitated by writing instructors at EMU, this 90-minute workshop is designed for teens who wonder about what high school and college writing will be like and how they can get ready for it. We will discuss what it takes to be a successful writer by looking more closely at the writer’s C.R.A.F.T. and exploring a variety of activities and genres.
The focus of this 90-minute workshop is to bring family members together to experience the joy of sharing and writing stories about growing up. Children, young people, and their parents will learn ways to call up significant memories, methods for getting writing started, and easy and practical techniques for helping each other as writers. We’ll also discuss some ideas for sharing this writing and continuing family writing at home. This workshop can also be tailored for families of students in grades K-2.
Like the Family Writing Workshop, the Family Writing Project brings family members together to write and share stories about their communities and growing-up experiences. Whereas the Family Writing Workshop is a one-session workshop, the Family Writing Project is a series of four 90-minute sessions spread out over a five-week time period in which children and adults have the opportunity to brainstorm, write, collaborate, revise, edit, and publish their writing. At the final session, family members participate in a Celebration of Family Writing and learn practical tips about how to continue the family writing project at home.
Facilitated by teacher consultants, this 90-minute workshop is designed to provide families with fun and engaging writing activities to enjoy and continue to benefit from at home. A sample of Family Writing Fun Night activities include: Writing in Secret Code, Your Life Sentence: Six Word Memoirs, Found Poetry, List Poems, and more.
This 90-minute workshop is designed for students to have fun writing in an informal, non-graded setting. Students will be exposed to different genres of writing through props, prompts, mentor texts, photographs, charts, and their own vivid imaginations. Writing notebooks and pens will be provided.
Workshops for High School Students and Parents
This workshop is for parents and caregivers who would like to learn more about what teens can expect to write in college and how they can prepare for the writing experiences that they’ll encounter there. We will explore a variety of activities that promote writing as well as effective ways to respond to adolescents about their writing.
Do you wonder what writing in college will be like? Would you like to learn what you can do to get ready for college writing? If so, then this workshop is for you! Please join us as we explore what it takes to be a successful writer in college by looking more closely at the writer’s CRAFT and a variety of interesting genres.