Super Saturdays for Students

Fall sessions will be held online


  • September 12, 2020

  • October 10, 2020

  • November 7, 2020

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  • 9:30–10:00 am: Registration in front of Sweeney Hall Courtyard

  • 9:30–10:00 am: Meet and Greet

  • 10:00–12:30 pm: Workshops

  • 12:30 pm: Dismissal/Pick Up Student Writers


Parents are invited to stay and participate in FREE hands-on workshops specially designed for them while their children attend any of our student workshops.


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$30.00 per session
$75.00 for all 3 sessions

(Students with free & reduced lunch — no charge. Email for promo code)

Walk In

Walk-in registration, to be paid by cash or check only.

No credit cards accepted.

$35.00 per session
$75.00 for all 3 sessions

Registration Fees

Primary Students K-3

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Writing Comic Strips

February 1, 2020

ZOOM! BANG! ZAP! Do you like making silly sounds and comic strips? Have fun learning how to use sounds to make a fun comic strip with a new friend!

Lisa Rivera

1st Grade Teacher

Kathryn Hughes Elementary School

Art as a Medium for Writing

March 7, 2020

In this workshop students will be inspired to create interesting stories based on famous pieces of art.  Students will have a virtual gallery.  Works by Vincent Van Gogh, Monet, Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, and many other renown artists will be presented.  Students will have time to select an art piece and write down their ideas for a story.  Time will be allotted to share ideas in a small group prior to writing.  Students will spend time drafting a story, and once they have completed it they will share it with a partner. 

Maria Rosas

2nd Grade Dual Immersion Teacher

Gabriela Mistral Elementary

Let's Explore Opinion Writing using Food

April 4, 2020

Do you have opinions or feelings on different food? Do you have favorite foods or have reasons why you like one food more than others? Come join me and learn how to express your opinions clearly using food as topics. We will try sampling certain flavors of certain food item and learn how to write clear paragraphs about which flavors you prefer and why. Discover how to write opinion writing and have fun while doing it. 

Jennifer Kim Baumgartner

2nd Grade Teacher

Pearl Zanker Elementary School


Middle School Students 4-7

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Propagating Resilience

February 1, 2020

Looking for hope in all the right places - literature, poetry, and music


Bring a friend to SJAWP Super Saturday on February 1st.  Enjoy light refreshments and discover joy in all the right places - food, reading, and music.  Capture the time with words.

Mary Williams

8th Grade English Teacher

15-year Veteran

Making Impact with Argument

March 7, 2020

I once read this profound quote from human rights activist Desmond Tutu: “My father used to say, ‘Don’t raise your voice; improve your argument.’” And I thought about how often we resort to raising our voices to be heard when we have done little to be understood. It also made me think of the times we shy away from an argument because we are not confident in our ability to say what we believe. In the case of argument writing in school, I’ve seen both instances. I’ve seen students write with a passion, yet that passion was no more than a bundle of emotions yearning to be tempered with logic. And I’ve seen other students become altogether defeated because the only thing they are convinced of is that they have nothing to say. If either of these speaks to your experience as a student who has tried to write an argument, then this workshop is for you! You will learn “moves” you can make to develop your argument writing. If you are confident in your argument writing skills, then this workshop is for you! You will learn how to take what you are already doing to the next level!

Jacqueline Goodwin

English Language Arts (Grade 8) & English Language Development (Grades 6-8) Teacher

Renaissance Academy at Fischer

What's In a Name?

April 4, 2020

Have you ever given much thought to your own name?  Your name consists of a set of words people speak every day to address  you; what if we took a minute to give your name a voice? To dig a little deeper and see the person and stories that are behind your name?  Join me for a fun creative writing session, and give your name the attention it deserves!

Tiffany Lantz Hickman

7th Grade English Teacher & Yearbook Advisor

Blach School


High School Students 8-12

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Learning From Yourself: Using Portfolios for Writing Growth

February 1, 2020

How can you grow as a writer without someone to critique your work? Portfolios! Come learn how to use writing portfolios as a powerful tool for growth by reflecting on your strengths and challenges as a writer and setting goals for growth. Bring your recent writing, or just be prepared to reflect on some past writing experiences as we practice the cycle of reflection and revision to grow in our writing practice!

Jessica Asher

AP Literature & Composition, ERWC, ELA3 & ELD

Gonzales High School

"With A Little Help From My Friends"

March 7, 2020

Ever feel like you're on your own? Scared of trying something new in your writing life? Worried your readers just won't get it? I think I might have just the solution for you! Everything you've ever read can be a friend to turn to in a time of need. You might not know Jason Reynolds personally, but he's your writing friend any time you look through his stories and borrow ideas for how to write. So let's do that together. Let's look through a few passages, pull some craft moves, and try them on for size. You can get by with a little help from your friends. And any author can become your friend.

Todd Seal

English & AVID Teacher

Silver Creek High School

C3WP Craft Moves to Enhance Argument Writing

April 4, 2020

Enjoy an interactive session working in small groups to enhance argument writing. Discuss and practice craft moves to support a point you want to make, use the expertise of another to validate your thinking, put your spin on a concept from another text, and explore ways to develop a new line of thinking in response to gaps or missing information in a text. Practice these writing skills to help meet the academic demands of college, career and community writing.

Adapted from Joseph Harris’s book Rewriting: How to Do Things with Texts

Jan Goodspeed

9-12th Grade, English/Journalism Teacher

North Monterey County High School



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English Department, FO 126
1 Washington Sq

San Jose, CA 95192


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