Sessions

Kao Kalia Yang

Kao Kalia Yang is an award-winning author of books for children and adults. Her work includes: The LatehomecomerThe Song PoetSomewhere in the Unknown WorldA Map Into the WorldThe Most Beautiful ThingThe Shared RoomYang Warriors, and From the Tops of the Trees.

The Writer’s Origin

Every writer has an origin story. The story of how you become a writer is as important as the stories you write. Join Kao Kalia Yang in a reflection of her story and how it served as a foundation for her life’s work.

LIVE on February 9th at 4:00pm

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Danielle Daniel

Danielle is an actress, creative writer, teaching artist and storyteller. Her storytelling programs and workshops have been presented in Europe and the U.S. She is the author of a children’s book, The Ghost of Old Man Willie and three plays. Danielle’s workshops are fun and engaging.

Paint Pictures With Words

Good descriptive writing includes many vivid details that paint a picture and appeal to all of the reader’s senses. In this session, we will have fun discovering new ways to look at objects, places and characters.

LIVE on February 24th at 4:30pm

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Ty Chapman

Ty Chapman’s recent accomplishments include being named a Loft Literary Center Mirrors and Windows fellow, Mentor Series fellow, and being longlisted for Button Poetry’s 2020 Chapbook Contest. His debut picture book Sarah Rising is set to release in May 2022, through Beaming Books.

The Courage to Tell Your Story

Together we will work on brainstorming new characters, presenting our characters with compelling challenges to overcome, and generating new stories that participants can continue to hone later.

LIVE on March 3rd at 4:30pm

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Dr. Artika Tyner

Dr. Artika R. Tyner (a.k.a. Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire) is a passionate educator, an award-winning author, a civil rights attorney, a sought-after speaker, and an advocate for justice who is committed to helping children discover their leadership potential and serve as change agents in the global community. She is the founder/CEO of the Planting People, Growing Justice Leadership Institute.

Writing for Justice

In this session, Dr. Tyner will provide participants with practical tools to write for justice. She will introduce both her fiction and nonfiction books. She will model her research and writing process through interactive activities. She will also share about her books have impacted policies, systems change, and community engagement.


Heidi Grosch

Heidi Haavan Grosch spends her days empowering soon to be English teachers and loves to play with words through drama, singing, digital texts… and of course poetry! Originally from Minnesota, Heidi now lives on a Christmas tree and wild flower seed farm on a fjord in the middle of Norway.

Stop, Look, and See:
Finding the Poem in Pictures

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Poetry is all around us, if only we stop to look. This session will give you many ways to play with language, as well as some poetry writing recipes, so you can use your unique voice to paint what you observe with words.


Jacqueline West

Jacqueline West is the author of the NYT-bestselling series, The Books of Elsewhere; the Schneider Family Award Honor Book, The Collectors; the MG mystery, Digging Up Danger; and the YA thriller, Last Things. Her latest, the MG ghost story, Long Lost, was both an Indie Next List and JLG selection.

Get a Clue: Starting Your Own Mystery

Using brainstorming and writing activities that lead us from one element to the next (just like clues in a mystery!), we’ll start creating the pieces of a mystery story–setting, sleuth, suspects, and clues–that will hook readers and keep them turning pages.


Naomi Kinsman

Author of the From Sadie’s Sketchbook SeriesNaomi Kinsman also created the award-winning Spilled Ink, A Writer’s Notebook. Naomi is Founder and Executive Director of Society of Young Inklings, and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and YA from Hamline University.

Courageous Characters

How do writers create characters that capture a reader’s heart? Why do some characters demand that we keep turning pages until we see how their stories turn out? One way is to put our characters in situations where courage is required. In this workshop, we’ll create memorable characters who face challenges with grit and creativity.

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