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Literature Workshops for Kids

Hands-on Explorations of Great Books

Our experiential workshops are now held everywhere! Some families used to drive 2-3 hours to attend, which really warmed our hearts, but we’re so glad no one has to do that anymore!

LIVE ZOOM WORKSHOPS:  Kids ages 7+ show up on our screen having already read or listened to the featured book, and for three hours we experience it together in creative, sensory ways.  It’s a hands-on, memorable experience that makes lessons stick. We send LitWits Kits of supplies (and the book) to each child ahead of time–scroll down for more details; note limited availability. ($65/50)

VIDEO WORKSHOPS, COMING SOON:  Our video versions will share the exact same content in the exact same way.  Your child or family can go through the workshop during or after reading the book, pausing for projects, writing, and discussion, or even skipping sections. We’ll send you all the printables needed, and you’ll use our list to gather your child’s easy, inexpensive supplies. More details below.  ($25)

What’s included?

Here’s what’s included in our live workshops (on Zoom). Our video versions deliver exactly the same, except for the LitWits Kit; we’ll send you the printables, and you’ll use our list to gather your child’s easy, inexpensive supplies.

  • A personalized LitWits Kit of supplies, templates and worksheets, and the book, shipped to your child ahead of time.  See samples here.
  • An audiovisual introduction to the author
  • Geographical context of author and story
  • An overview of the concept of the narrative arc
  • A walk-through of the story’s plot, point by point, pausing every 20 minutes or so to “do what the characters (or author) did,” including:
  • A creative writing assignment
  • At least two projects or activities that get kids into the story
  • A straight-from-the-story snack (what we call “BookBites”)
  • Story activity mementos layered with meaning
  • Intangible takeaways from discussions and creativity, such as:
  • A great time exploring a great book, and the inspiration to read many more
  • An empathetic literary model of a kid who learned invaluable lessons about coping, growing, and overcoming

BRAVO! A silver lining of these times is that I get to be the fly on the wall for a LitWits workshop. You both are amazing and creative. Your communication is clear, your activities are thoughtful, and your BookBites are crowd-pleasers. LitWits (and life) are so great in person, but the way you ladies Zoom works great too!

Jan-Jun 2021 Workshops

 

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

Feb 3 live workshop on Zoom – deadline Jan 4, $65/50

Video workshop for kids coming in February, $25

TIY option:  Explorer’s Guide for educators, $18

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Mar 3 live workshop on Zoom – deadline Feb 1, $65/50

Video workshop for kids coming in March, $25

TIY option:  Explorer’s Guide for educators, $18

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Mar 31 live workshop on Zoom – deadline Mar 1, $65/50

Video workshop for kids coming in April, $25

TIY option:  Explorer’s Guide for educators, $18

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

Apr 28 live workshop on Zoom – deadline Mar 29, $65/50

Video workshop for kids coming in May, $25

TIY option:  Explorer’s Guide for educators coming in May, $18

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O’Brien

May 26 live workshop on Zoom – deadline Apr 26, $65/50

Video workshop for kids coming in June, $25

TIY option:  Explorer’s Guide for educators coming in June, $18

Little Britches:  Father and I Were Ranchers by Ralph Moody

Jun 23 live workshop on Zoom – deadline May 24, $65/50

Video workshop for kids coming in July, $25

TIY option:  Explorer’s Guide for educators coming in July, $18

 

Jun-Dec 2020 Workshops

SOLD OUT, but you can TIY with our Explorer’s Guides:  Johnny Tremain, My Side of the Mountain, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Anne of Green Gables, Around the World in Eighty Days, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

We also offer Writing Practice for 10+, semester-length English courses for teens, and week-long creative and essay writing camps.

DETAILS

Live Workshops on Zoom

You can register for our spring workshops through the workshop links on this page, or go directly to Eventbrite. We’ll be limiting each of the sessions to 25 kids, so we can engage with everyone.

Ages:  In spring 2021 we’ll return to our format of two age groups–morning for ages 7+ and afternoons for ages 10+.  The content will be exactly the same in the 7+ and 10+ groups, and all will do creative writing. The differences are:

Ages 7+

  • slower pace, more thorough project directions
  • thorough discussion of all handout information
  • more time for projects and creative writing, with one-on-one help as needed
  • age-appropriate expectations for efforts and participation
  • appropriate peer setting

Ages 10+

  • faster pace, less detailed project directions
  • emphasis on thoughtful, thorough responses on all handouts
  • more time for deeper, age-appropriate discussions and creative writing
  • age-appropriate expectations for efforts and participation
  • appropriate peer setting

If this age division separates siblings who would prefer to be together, or if it better suits your schedule to have them in a single workshop, older kids are welcome to attend the 7+ workshops, but not the other way around.

Hours:   Because of Covid-19 our workshops are now held online, via Zoom 9am-12pm PST and 1-4pm PST on scheduled Wednesdays. 

Cost: The per-child $65 cost of each 3-hour workshop includes a LitWits Kit shipped to your child ahead of time (the book, all supplies and printables, and a no-nuts, book-related snack; click here to see what LitWits Kits look like). There’s a sibling discount of $15 for additional kids in the same session.

LitWits Workshops is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 30 days before the workshop, we’ll be happy to issue a full refund. Until December 31, 2020 we can offer a 50% refund for cancellations within 30 days; after that date, there are no refunds within 30 days. Unfortunately, we can no longer offer makeups.

Preparation:  We strongly encourage completion of the book (which we’ll send you) before the workshop. Switching to a heavily abridged or audio versions is perfectly fine — but we recommend against watching the movie, even if it’s true to the book.  We want kids to “make their own pictures!”

Video Workshops COMING SOON!

We’ll be uploading these sessions a couple of weeks after teaching the live workshop.  Be sure to sign up to get notified when they’re ready!

Ages:  Your call!  You know your kids. Our live workshops are for 7-12, but we used to include younger and older kids, and depending on the kids that worked GREAT!

Hours:  Whenever you like, and you can pause/rewind and take as long as you like, or even skip sections. It’s all up to you!

Cost:  $25 (for any number of kids). LitWits Workshops is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School.

Cancellation Policy:  If you’re not happy, just let us know within the week, and we’ll give you a full refund.

Preparation:  Read the book (or listen to it being read) ahead of your workshop, or as you go through it–it’s up to you!  We recommend NOT watching the movie version, though.

Becky and Jenny - LitWits Workshops (2)

Instructors: Becky and Jenny, sisters and LitWits founders. Jenny has a BA in English literature and an MFA in creative nonfiction and poetry writing. She’s been a K-6 teacher and a K-12 language arts tutor. She’s the author of MINE: El Despojo de María Zacarías Bernal de Berreyesa, and her scholarship, essays, and poems have appeared in several journals. Becky is a literature-based homeschool teacher and a journalism major who spent four years as a staff writer for The Register Pajaronian. Becky is also working on a creative biography of a fascinating Bay Area woman of history.