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At Super Saturdays, students participate in a presenter’s workshop, which includes demonstration, mentor texts, engaging strategies, writing time, and sharing. These sessions take place on select Saturdays, usually for an hour. This year, Super Saturday is offering workshops for all grade levels!

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Super Saturdays

Program Overview

WHO

Grades 8-12

WHEN

Session 1: Saturday, February 5, 11am–12:30pm (90 min)
Session 2: Saturday, March 12, 11am–12:30pm (90 min)
Session 3: Saturday, April 9, 11am–12:30pm (90 min)

WHERE

In-person meetings are currently suspended due to COVID-19. All classes are offered online until further notice.

COST

$60.00 for all 3 sessions

with Girl on the Line author FAITH GARDNER

Writing for Publication

So you think you want to be a writer—but how do you actually become one? How do you go from writing words on a page to getting published? Professional fiction writers almost always start with building a list of publishing credits in magazines, literary journals, or blogs. This class will provide young writers with a space to work on their first pieces to submit to publications. Along with writing exercises, we will be going over the steps and different pathways that lead to publication for creative writing, how to find the right publication for your work, how to submit, and how to polish up your submission so it's in the best shape possible when you're ready to send it out.

Registration is open!

About the

Instructor

Faith Gardner

Faith Gardner is the author of GIRL ON THE LINE, THE SECOND LIFE OF AVA RIVERS, and PERDITA. Her short fiction has appeared in dozens of online and print publications. When she's not writing, she works at Daily Kos and plays in the band Plot 66.

GRADES 1-3

Fun from First to Final Draft

Do you want to have fun during every step of the writing process? Come join me to brainstorm and draft silly & wild stories, revise using mentor sentences, and peer edit with the help of some musical chairs. We will use technology tools and inspiration from your favorite authors to have fun. Please bring a book by your favorite author if you can. :)
 
Mele Perla is a 1st grade teacher at Herbert Hoover Elementary School in the Palo Alto Unified School District.

with MELYSSA PERLA
GRADES 4-7

Image Introductions

At the end of the play Our Town, Emily is overcome with love for “clocks ticking, hot baths, and mama’s sunflowers” after being encouraged to return to an ordinary day. What are some moments that you would like to return to? Let’s craft those into tiny gems of poetry! You will only end up writing two sentences but actually practice a whole range of skills and have fun in the process! We’ll review some mentor texts to develop a list of descriptive strategies and then use them to polish a single moment in time. Once you have crafted your piece, you will work with a partner eventually introducing each other and sharing these miniature moments of joy. You’ll leave with new eyes trained to recognize the beauty hidden in the sensory details of any given moment. Once you write it down, you can return to it again and again.
 
Renee Johnson teaches ELA 7 at JLS Middle School in Palo Alto. 

with RENÉE JOHNSON
GRADES 8-12

How to Make Your Own Artist Collab

Professional artists, musicians, and writers collaborate all the time. Have you ever wanted to get in on that fun and release your *own* collab? Did you know that you *can*, even if the artist you’re working with is no longer living? No matter your age, experience, or skill level, there is a way to work together with painters, musicians, or other writers of any time. This course will guide you through a simple and fun process that will help you create a piece of writing that’s a true collab project of your own!

 

Erin Levin struggles to define herself, so here are the bare facts: she has been an English teacher at Lynbrook High School for ten years. She grew up in the Bay Area, completed her degree at Chapman University in Business Administration (gasp!) with an emphasis in economics and a minor in French, and worked as an office admin in private industry for a few years. Eventually, she found her new footing in the credential program at San Jose State and pivoted into the adventures of bringing literature to the lives of teens. 

with ERIN LEVIN

Super Saturday 2022

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