Writing Waterville Workshop: Exploring Creative Writing for Kids + Caregivers

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 , 4:30-6pm

Ticonic Gallery + Studios

Ticonic Classroom, 93 Main St, Waterville, ME

Exploring Creative Writing for Kids + Caregivers with Solomon Heifets + Catie Joyce-Bulay (Ages 5+)

Join Central Maine writers for a series of writing workshops spanning genres and forms. Each workshop session will be led by a different writer and all workshop participants will be invited to submit their work for publication in a chapbook. The series will culminate in a public reading and chapbook launch party on May 5, 2024.

Come play with words! Through word play and writing games, we’ll explore language through the concepts of self, community, family, and home. Participants will come away with a better understanding of writing as a fun and creative form of self-expression. We will divide into two groups based on age. Writers are encouraged to submit what they create during the workshop for publication in the series chapbook.

Group 1: For writers ages 5-8
Catie will guide children in listening games and word play to generate short poems. For our littlest writers, caregivers are encouraged to collaborate by being the writer or helping with spelling. Catie Joyce-Bulay’s writing has appeared in Down East, Modern Farmer, Portland Press Herald, Off the Coast, and elsewhere. She works with kids as a speech and language therapist and is mother to a creative 5-year-old. See her work at catiejoycebulay.com.

Group 2: For writers ages 9+
Solomon will lead writers ages 9 and up in collaborative writing games, such as exquisite corpse, snowball, genre circle, and jigsaw writing. Solomon Heifets has taught creative writing classes for the past 12 years, and occasionally writes for local newspapers. He is a musician, goat keeper, cheesemaker, husband, and father.

Caregivers are required to stay and assist/participate for Group 1 and with Group 2 for children up to age 13.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and realized in partnership with the Colby College Museum of Art and its Lunder Institute for American Art.

Final event in this series:
May 5, 2024, 4:30-6pm - Chapbook Party and Story Share

This workshop is free and open to writers of all levels of experience. Registration is required (see below).

Please register for the total number of participants (both children and caregivers).


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