Our experiential workshops are held in Santa Cruz, California. Kids ages 7+ arrive having already read some version of the featured story, and for three hours we experience it together in creative, 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. (Like these, on our calendar for 2019-20!)
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 that can be put online, and they’re easily adaptable to classroom and homeschool teaching.
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.
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?
Ages: 7+ and 10+
Hours: 9am-12pm (ages 7+) and 1-4pm (ages 10+) on scheduled Thursdays, and 9am-12pm (ages 7+) on Fridays
Location: Workshops are held 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!
Preparation: We strongly encourage completion of the book 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!”
Cost: The $70 cost of each 3-hour workshop includes all supplies and a no-nuts, book-related snack. If you’d like us to send you a PayPal bill 30 days prior, enter promo code BILLME when you register.
LitWits Workshops is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School and Inspire Charter Schools. Charter parents, please register online using promo code CHARTER, then request a purchase order.
Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 30 days before the event, you can choose a refund or makeup; within 30 days, you’ll get a makeup. (Use promo code MAKEUP to re-register, and please remind us, in the Notes field, which event you missed.) There are no refunds or makeups for no-shows. We hope that makes sense and seems fair!
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, 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. Both Becky and Jenny are currently writing creative biographies of two fascinating Bay Area women of history.
If you live in the Bay Area and would like your child to attend a LitWits workshop, click here to find out what books we’ll be experiencing soon.
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!
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!