You may have heard of bestselling author Dave Eggers (What is the What, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) or you may have heard of his excellent writing center in the Mission district of San Francisco, 826 Valencia, that gets kids ages 6-18 excited about writing and helps teachers inspire their students in the literary arts.
The creativity and inspiration of both Eggers and 826 Valencia is heading to Philadelphia in the form of Philly Spells Writing Center, a wonderfully welcoming, unabashedly wacky world of self-expression. Their mission is to excite young people about all forms of writing through wacky and wonderful programs. They open their physical space in 2010 but offer free workshops throughout the year to the public, schools, and youth-based programs. They’ll be working hard throughout the city to raise funds to open the center, but in the meantime Germantown Avenue parents can support the cause right in our own neighborhood!
“Once upon a time, a little boy lived in a big city, on a medium-sized street, in a tiny house. One summer afternoon, he walked out of his front door…”
And THEN what happened?
Bring your budding – or resistant – writers to finish this story or start one of their very own! Join Spells for Write Your Own Fairy Tale, a free wonderful and wacky writing workshop. Led by educator and author Angelina Sciolla, the program culminates with each child writing a unique timeless tale.
SPELLS WRITING CENTER PRESENTS
Write Your Own Fairy Tale
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Big Blue Marble Books
551 Carpenter Lane
Best for children in grades 2-6, but open for all ages.
*Space is limited! Call 267-670-0869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve yours now. And please check out their fabulous website for event updates, information on writing programs, and how to donate to this wonderful new writing venture!