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Workshops for Kids

Hands-on, sensory

experiences of great books

“It’s like a field trip inside the book!”

Kids ages 7+ arrive having already read some version of the featured story, and for three hours we experience it together in all kinds of sensory ways. The results? Interest. Empathy. Wide-eyed, “aha” moments.  And most importantly, the desire to read more great books.

Both avid and reluctant readers love to “LitWit.”  It’s fun — and we learn so much! Our straight-from-the-pages props, activities and creative projects are carefully planned to naturally convey key academic information such as theme, narrative arc, character development, historical and geographical contexts, vocabulary, writing skills, and more. There’s no pressure to perform or participate– we want to inspire your kids to love great books.

Some families drive 2-3 hours to attend our workshops, which really warms our hearts. If you live too far away but don’t want your kids to miss out, check out our DIY LitWits Kits! They’re packed with everything we’ve done, and they’re easily adaptable to classroom and homeschool teaching.

The LitWits Kit for THE GOOD MASTER by Kate Seredy - LitWits Workshops

My daughter absolutely loves attending. They are hands-down her favorite school activities she’s ever done, and I appreciate that very much.

LitWits is motivating, educational, and inspirational. Your workshops have shown my son that exploring the world of literature and writing can be fun. I can’t thank you enough.

The LitWits Kit for ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS by Scott O'Dell - LitWits Workshops

LitWits is a lot of fun – kids who love to read are thrilled at the chance to soak up more of a book , and kids who don’t like to read (or write) are inspired by the pleasure we take in “experiencing” the story. Who wouldn’t want to write, when a master writer has just showed us the power of words in a story, and we’ve just LIVED that story in so many sensory ways?

Visit our Gallery for glimpses of the fun, and see our Fans page to read what parents think.

The LitWits Kit for THE TEMPEST by William Shakespeare - LitWits Workshops

If you live in the Bay Area and would like your child to attend a LitWits workshop, click our calendar button, below, to find out what books we’ll be experiencing soon.  We also offer Master Classes for teens, and week-long storywriting and essaywriting camps. Homeschoolers are always happy to learn that we’re an approved vendor for five-county Ocean Grove Charter School.  We look forward to meeting you!

If you’re not local but don’t want your kids to miss out, check out our fun-packed LitWits Kits. Our materials are easily adaptable to classrooms and homes! (Sign up here to get updates about new kits.)

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Whenever I have those times of doubt, like, what the heck am I doing with the kids? are they learning anything? was homeschooling the right decision? LitWits is one of the experiences that bursts into my head like a ray of light, reminding me of the absolute, unrivaled value of this school year. Thank you so much for providing such an amazing environment for the kids. It has been so much fun for me personally to embark on the adventure of each book with them, with the workshop waiting like a prize at the finish line!

How it Works

Each three-hour workshop focuses on one work of literature that the kids have read before the workshop. Heavily abridged and audio versions are 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!”

We strongly encourage completion of the book before the workshop, but if that doesn’t happen, it’s not necessary in order to enjoy our immersive activities.

Time and Place

Workshops are held on scheduled Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (your choice) from 9a-12p for ages 7+ and 1p-4p for ages 10+ at 350 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, on the campus of Vintage Faith Church, upstairs in the Children & Youth Building. LitWits is a drop-off program;  The Abbey coffeehouse is right next door, if you’d like to jumpstart your three hours of free time!

Cost

The $70 cost of each 3-hour workshop includes all supplies and a no-nuts, book-related snack. LitWits Workshops is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School and Inspire Charter Schools. OG/IC parents, please register online to reserve a seat, then request a purchase order or enrichment certificate right away, or as soon as semester funds are available.

Cancellation policy

If you cancel at least 30 days before the workshop, you can choose a refund or makeup. (Use promo code MAKEUP to re-register, and please remind us, in the Notes field, which workshop you missed.) If you cancel within 30 days of the workshop, you’ll have a makeup coming. There are no refunds for no-shows. We hope that makes sense and seems fair!