Everyone’s story begins somewhere. For Linda Sue Park, it was a trip to the ocean, a brand-new typewriter, and a little creative license. For Kwame Alexander, it was a loving poem composed for Mother’s Day.
As editor of Our Story Begins, Elissa Brent Weissman included some of today’s foremost children’s authors and illustrators, who reveal their quirky, smart, vulnerable, youthful selves, the storytellers they would someday become, and the creativity they inspire today in kids everywhere, including:
• Chris Grabenstein, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
• Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again
• R.J. Palacio, Wonder
Your story is beginning. Where will it go? In this workshop, kids will explore that question with Elissa through a number of creative writing and drawing prompts inspired by the stories in the book. Participants will get feedback on their work from each other and Elissa, and they’ll share their creations with parents at the end of the workshop. Perfect for kids in 3rd through 6th grade. $25 fee includes a writer’s kit with a signed copy of Our Story Begins and a journal. RSVP by 7/10 to 410-377-2966 or MarthaAtTheIvy@gmail.com
Elissa Brent Weissman is an award-winning author of children’s books. Nerd Camp was named a best summer read for middle graders in The Washington Post. Named a Best Author in Maryland, Elissa lives in Baltimore, where she teaches creative writing to children, college students, and adults.