Kick Off the School Year With Great After-School Programs!

The new school year is upon us! The Salmon House Writers Workshop is excited to offer  another great round of after-school programs exploring the wonder of storytelling and creative writing.

*Tale Spinners Tuesdays at Edison Elementary for 3rd-5th graders

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 This new group for Edison Elementary School is all about discovery of the wonder of words. Sessions include action packed word-play, storytelling, exploration of poetry, and fiction, engaging crafts, and games.  

When: Tuesdays, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., September 27th through November 15th

Where: The Barn Classroom at Edison Elementary School.

Tuition is $125 per student. All class materials are included. Space is limited. To Register, click here or call (541) 326-6112.

 

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*Wild Imagination Group for Elementary Schoolers

This group is all about fun and discovery of the wonder of words. Sessions include action packed word-play, oral and written storytelling, exploration of poetry, engaging crafts, and games.

When:  Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., September 29th through November 17th

Where: The Salmon House Writers Workshop, 527 W. 12th Ave. Eugene

Tuition is $125 per student. All class materials are included.  To Register, click here or call (541) 326-6112.

Storytellers Day Camp-Aug. 1st-3rd

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The Salmon House Writers Workshop  storytellers camp starts in just a few days! We are looking forward to 3 days of storytelling, games, outdoor activities, costumed mayhem and more! This camp is the only one of it’s kind for elementary students in the greater Eugene area and is not to be missed.

 Who: children ages 8-12. 

When: August 1st-3rd,  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: The Salmon House Writers Workshop,  527 W. 12th Ave. in Eugene.

Camp tuition is $145. Students should bring a bag lunch and bottled water each day, and dress comfortably for outdoor activity.

To register, call (541) 326-6112

Beat Summer Slide!

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Hello Parents!

I recently listened to a great piece on NPR’s Weekend Edition, which featured New York Times journalist KJ Dell’Antonia talking about the obstacles parents face with keeping children occupied, (and educated) during the summer months. One of the things discussed was “Summer Slide,” the phenomenon in which students lose some of the skills they gained during the school year in literacy and mathematics. Dell’Antonia states “When it comes to reading, what research has shown is that kids typically lose two to three months over the summer and the big distinction when it comes to reading is that they just don’t get it back. And researchers aren’t super clear on why that is. But they are pretty clear on the fact that a learning-based program — just getting out there and doing something different and hearing new words … and doing some reading in that context — that keeps the skills up.”

 

That is pretty sobering information. As a teacher, I’m always thinking about the way that children discover, retain, and come to love reading and writing. As a parent, I’m invested in finding ways to keep my kids engaged with the process of  using the skills they built during the school year, even the ones that aren’t their first favorite.  Fortunately, there are several fun ways to help retain reading and writing skills through the summer months and prep kids for the new school year. I’ve listed a few ideas below:

 

  • Get involved with The Eugene Public Library or Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Both offer access to summer reading programs and free books to kids of all ages.
  • Designate family reading nights, on summer nights and beyond! Pick a book that can be read aloud to the whole family, and enjoy time together while increasing literacy and comprehension.

There are also two great Creative Writing Summer Camps going on in August right here in Eugene.

  • For middle and high school students, Wordcrafters is offering two different camps for fiction and slam poetry. Find out more about these camps at: http://wordcraftersineugene.org/young-writers/summer-camp/
  • For elementary school students, The Salmon House Writers Workshop is offering a Storytelling and Creative Writing Camp on August 1-3rd. The Salmon House also offers individual tutoring and writing skill building for elementary through high school students. Some scholarships are available for qualifying families for summer camp. To find out more about this program, visit: check out our Programs tab or call (541) 326-6112.

 

I hope you’ll share this information with other parents you know who are looking for fun educational resources for their kids this summer, and in preparation for the coming school year.

 

Happy summer reading and writing!

 

Sallie

 

Enrollment is Open for Summer Day Camp

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Creative Writing Summer Camp

The Salmon House Writers Workshop is offering a creative writing summer day camp for children ages 8-12. Join us for 3 days of storytelling, games, outdoor activities, costumed mayhem and more!

 When: August 1st-3rd,  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: The Salmon House Writers Workshop,  527 W. 12th Ave. in Eugene.

Camp tuition is $145. Students should bring a bag lunch and bottled water each day, and dress comfortably for outdoor activity.

To register, call (541) 326-6112

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Creative Writing Summer Camp

The Salmon House Writers Workshop is offering a creative writing summer day camp for children ages 8-12. Join us for 3 days of storytelling, games, outdoor activities, costumed mayhem and more!

 When: August 1st-3rd,  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: The Salmon House Writers Workshop,  527 W. 12th Ave. in Eugene.

Camp tuition is $145. Students should bring a bag lunch and bottled water each day, and dress comfortably for outdoor activity.

 

To register, call (541) 326-6112

2016 Student Anthology is here!

Check out the latest writing submitted by young writers of the Salmon House Writers Workshop for the 2016 Student Anthology!

We hope you will enjoy this collection from the Edison Tale Spinners, Wild Imagination, and Workshop Wednesday writing groups. You will find character sketches, ghost stories, poetry, short stories, and other creative works written over the course of eight weeks by young writers in 3rd through 8th grade.

Happy Reading!

Spring Programs Start Next Week!

We are looking forward to a great spring term of after school creative writing! Check out these great programs.

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*Wild Imagination Group for Elementary
Schoolers*

This group is all about fun and discovery of the wonder of words. Sessions include action packed word-play, oral and written storytelling, exploration of poetry, engaging crafts, and games. This term students will also be exploring with writing choose-your own-adventure stories. Meets Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 7th-May 26th. Tuition is $95 per student.

 

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*Workshop Wednesdays for Middle Schoolers*

In this group, we’ll explore a variety of storytelling genres: poetry, fantasy, mystery, sci-fi and more! Find your favorite writing style, hone  narrative skills, create  new stories or polish older projects.  Meets Wednesdays from 4 p.m to 5:30 p.m., April 6th-May 25th. Tuition is $95 per student.

 

 

creative-writing-2*Edison Tale Spinners Group*  
This group is for Edison Elementary School 4th and 5th graders. We will be listening to and experimenting with different styles of storytelling, playing word games, and venturing into choose-your-own-adventure writing. Group meets Tuesdays, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 pm, beginning April 5th in the Barn classroom at Edison.*Classes meet once a week for 8 weeks. Tuition is $95 per student.*

 

*Private Tutoring (all ages)*
Do you have a student who could benefit from personally tailored support in academic writing? Do you know a young creative writer who would like to get one-on-one instruction on writing craft?  The Salmon House Writers Workshop offers individual creative or academic writing tutoring for budding writers of any age. Sessions are specifically designed to meet the needs of the student in an encouraging environment.

* Space is limited, so sign up for classes today.  Visit our registration page or call (541) 326-6112.*

Great Reading List From Workshop Wednesday

Workshop Wednesday middle school writing group wrapped up its Winter term last week. We learned a lot about the craft of writing by examining short stories and excerpts by several amazing writers.

Whether you  read these stories from the standpoint of an appreciative reader or a studying writer, we hope you’ll enjoy the linked list below, organized according to the attributes our group examined in each of them. Happy Reading!

Multi Faceted Characters:

The Moustache” by Robert Cormier

What you Pawn, I Will Redeem” by Sherman Alexi

“Sorry, Wrong Number” by Allan Ullman  Featured in  McSweeney’s Issue 45 (Mcsweeney’s Quarterly Concern)

Great Beginnings:

Hitchcock and Bradbury Fistfight in Heaven (Mcsweeney’s Quarterly Concern)

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Show vs. Tell:

“Alone” by Jack Gilbert

A Home At the End of the World by Michael Cunningham

Character Transformation: 

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Artemis Fowl  by Eoin Colfer

“Powder” a short story by Tobias Wolff

 

Emotionally Stirring Stories:

“The Wig” by Brady Udall

Creating Emotion in the Reader, Article by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

“Balloon Girl” by  Angela Fountas (Quick Fiction Issue 11)

 

 

Wild Imagination Group Winter Recital

Wild Imagination Group concluded its Winter session last Thursday with a reading of student stories and shadow puppet performance. During the past eight weeks students learned about and experimented with several different storytelling  traditions including folktales and traditional Chinese shadow puppetry. Click here to watch one of their stories.

Spring session for the Wild Imagination Group begins April 7th. For more information on this after-school program and how to register, visit Programs.