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Creative Writing Workshops for Elementary Schools

Published 9 months ago by Alexis Alexander

Good afternoon, Friendly Fablers!

We hope you're staying safe and warm despite this snow and ice...brrr!

On that note, we've got some things to warm your heart in this newsletter. Please join us at Chapters Ajax tomorrow (Saturday) at 11am for a fun, interactive story time session. We will be reading several of our books including the hit 'Farts' (now a rap song!). All ages and abilities are welcome - and please, bring a friend! We will be doing a book giveaway also!

Here's our latest blog post, in case you missed it. Thanks for reading and see you this weekend!

Creative Writing Workshops for Elementary Schools

There are amazing stories all around you just waiting to be told.

This is what Friendly Fables author Alexis Alexander tells students when he hosts an interactive creative writing workshop in their elementary school. And it’s true - there really are stories all around us, just waiting to be put onto paper where they can come alive.

As kids reach the junior and intermediate grades, they often become disenchanted with things like storytelling or creative writing. Alexis Alexander sees this time and time again when he speaks at local schools. Older kids are more likely to be inhibited and hesitant to participate - but then without fail, a shift happens. The gears start turning, inspiration hits and suddenly, even the most skeptical students are penning their first masterpiece. More so, they’re doing it with energy and enthusiasm! As parents and educators, this is the type of moment we live for.

Everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours?

It doesn’t matter if you’re seven, seventeen or seventy years old - everyone can write. It may come more naturally to some than others, but just like math or soccer, it’s a skill that can be honed. More importantly, it’s an outlet for emotion, expression and creativity. Kids are still finding their own voice and place in the world, and writing is a great way to develop this individuality and build confidence.

Do you like scary movies? Write about something that makes you scared. Do you love playing sports? Write a story about what winning or losing feels like. Are you filled with emotion? Pour your thoughts onto a piece of paper.

No matter what a child is passionate about, there’s a way to translate their interest into writing. Their fears, hopes, dreams and life experiences - anything can be a story. It doesn’t matter if the student gravitates toward poems, short stories or sprawling, elaborate tales (either real and imagined). What’s important is helping them discover, deconstruct and explore their passions to create something uniquely “them”.

Creative writing is about more than literacy - it’s connecting ideas, feelings, information, voice and structure to develop something truly special.

What’s going to be your masterpiece?

Some stories are meant to be shared with the world, while others will be kept close to our hearts or told only to a few friends. Whatever moves a person to write is what they should be writing. This is true with kids and adults alike, but there is a special magic found in helping children discover their inner writer.

Every story you’ve ever loved started with a simple spark of imagination. Today’s kids are tomorrow’s great thinkers, doers, artists and writers. If we can help light that spark, we’ll have done our job.

Alexis Alexander offers inspiring, interactive creative writing workshops for elementary school-aged children. These workshops are best suited for grades 4 to 8 but can be adapted within reason. Each workshop involves a presentation and an interactive discussion. Students are sent home with writing prompts to keep sparking creativity long after the workshop is over.

These workshops can be coupled with Friendly Fables storytelling sessions for younger students (K-3), and we are able to arrange multiple sessions within a school to accommodate large student populations.

To learn more and inquire about dates and/or pricing, please message [email protected] or visit our 'Performances' page.

This week we visited Williamsburg P.S for a performance. With the support of their amazing librarian, Ms. Plue, and an awesome Grade 5 teacher named Mrs. J.Lyons we held a creative writing competition for students. The winners received signed and personalized copies of the ‘Farts’ book.

We thought you’d enjoy this super fun poem by Mrs. J.Lyons that inspired her class to put forward some amazing stories!

A Stinky Competition Alexis Alexander is a funny author indeed,
Books are entertaining, his sense of humour’s what we need!
A fart book competition has my grade 5’s writing fast,
Such a contagious energy, I surely hope will last.
For the two best stories written,
Will be shared aloud in class.
And awarded with an autographed copy,
Of a book that’s filled with - gas!
Good luck to all, hope you enjoy,
The creative writing art.
But most of all remember,
To say EXCUSE ME when you fart!

-Mrs. J.Lyons

Good afternoon, Friendly Fablers!

We hope you're staying safe and warm despite this snow and ice...brrr!

On that note, we've got some things to warm your heart in this newsletter. Please join us at Chapters Ajax tomorrow (Saturday) at 11am for a fun, interactive story time session. We will be reading several of our books including the hit 'Farts' (now a rap song!). All ages and abilities are welcome - and please, bring a friend! We will be doing a book giveaway also!

Here's our latest blog post, in case you missed it. Thanks for reading and see you this weekend!

Creative Writing Workshops for Elementary Schools

There are amazing stories all around you just waiting to be told.

This is what Friendly Fables author Alexis Alexander tells students when he hosts an interactive creative writing workshop in their elementary school. And it’s true - there really are stories all around us, just waiting to be put onto paper where they can come alive.

As kids reach the junior and intermediate grades, they often become disenchanted with things like storytelling or creative writing. Alexis Alexander sees this time and time again when he speaks at local schools. Older kids are more likely to be inhibited and hesitant to participate - but then without fail, a shift happens. The gears start turning, inspiration hits and suddenly, even the most skeptical students are penning their first masterpiece. More so, they’re doing it with energy and enthusiasm! As parents and educators, this is the type of moment we live for.

Everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours?

It doesn’t matter if you’re seven, seventeen or seventy years old - everyone can write. It may come more naturally to some than others, but just like math or soccer, it’s a skill that can be honed. More importantly, it’s an outlet for emotion, expression and creativity. Kids are still finding their own voice and place in the world, and writing is a great way to develop this individuality and build confidence.

Do you like scary movies? Write about something that makes you scared. Do you love playing sports? Write a story about what winning or losing feels like. Are you filled with emotion? Pour your thoughts onto a piece of paper.

No matter what a child is passionate about, there’s a way to translate their interest into writing. Their fears, hopes, dreams and life experiences - anything can be a story. It doesn’t matter if the student gravitates toward poems, short stories or sprawling, elaborate tales (either real and imagined). What’s important is helping them discover, deconstruct and explore their passions to create something uniquely “them”.

Creative writing is about more than literacy - it’s connecting ideas, feelings, information, voice and structure to develop something truly special.

What’s going to be your masterpiece?

Some stories are meant to be shared with the world, while others will be kept close to our hearts or told only to a few friends. Whatever moves a person to write is what they should be writing. This is true with kids and adults alike, but there is a special magic found in helping children discover their inner writer.

Every story you’ve ever loved started with a simple spark of imagination. Today’s kids are tomorrow’s great thinkers, doers, artists and writers. If we can help light that spark, we’ll have done our job.

Alexis Alexander offers inspiring, interactive creative writing workshops for elementary school-aged children. These workshops are best suited for grades 4 to 8 but can be adapted within reason. Each workshop involves a presentation and an interactive discussion. Students are sent home with writing prompts to keep sparking creativity long after the workshop is over.

These workshops can be coupled with Friendly Fables storytelling sessions for younger students (K-3), and we are able to arrange multiple sessions within a school to accommodate large student populations.

To learn more and inquire about dates and/or pricing, please message [email protected] or visit our 'Performances' page.

This week we visited Williamsburg P.S for a performance. With the support of their amazing librarian, Ms. Plue, and an awesome Grade 5 teacher named Mrs. J.Lyons we held a creative writing competition for students. The winners received signed and personalized copies of the ‘Farts’ book.

We thought you’d enjoy this super fun poem by Mrs. J.Lyons that inspired her class to put forward some amazing stories!

A Stinky Competition Alexis Alexander is a funny author indeed,
Books are entertaining, his sense of humour’s what we need!
A fart book competition has my grade 5’s writing fast,
Such a contagious energy, I surely hope will last.
For the two best stories written,
Will be shared aloud in class.
And awarded with an autographed copy,
Of a book that’s filled with - gas!
Good luck to all, hope you enjoy,
The creative writing art.
But most of all remember,
To say EXCUSE ME when you fart!

-Mrs. J.Lyons