The time has come! Our online classes launch the week of November 9! 

I’m offering three different 45-minute to 1 hour-long one-time classes for kids ranging from Kindergarten to 8th grade. I will offer these classes more than once, and as time goes on, there will be longer and more in-depth classes made available. See below for details on our November schedule! 

Show & Tell: Kids’ Writing 

This class for kids in Kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd grade will be a great opportunity for students to bring a special piece of writing to share with their peers. Anything goes! They’re welcome to bring a story, a poem, a report – any writing they are proud of and would like to share. This is a one-time class, however, kids are welcome to come more than once! 

Dates & Times: Tuesday, November 10, 17, 24 – 7:30 pm EST 

Cost per student: $5 per student per session 

Writing with the Five Senses  

This class is for kids in 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades. In this one-time class, we will practice writing detail and description by tuning into our senses. We will look at photos of different places and use our imagination to write descriptively together. Students are encouraged to bring a photo of a favorite place to share and to describe their experiences there using the five senses. 

Dates & Times: Wednesday, November 11, 18, & 25 – 8:00 pm EST 

Cost: $10 per student 

Creative Writing: Interviewing your Main Character 

This one-time class is meant for students in 6th, 7th, & 8th grades. Students are encouraged to come with an idea for the main character for an original story they are writing. They will have the opportunity to share a little about their characters and their stories. We will then take time to study the Character Questionnaire developed by French author Marcel Proust, and we will answer the questions as if we were our characters. Students will receive a printable download on which they can take notes and answer the interview questions. This practice will help them flesh out their characters and bring them to life within the context of their story! 

Dates & Times: Thursday, November 12, 19, & 26 – 8:00 pm EST 

Cost: $12 per student 


If you have a child who would be interested, please send an email to Katie at katie @ wildwoodwriting dot com. Please make sure you also subscribe so you stay up to date on our class schedule – you get freebies when you subscribe, too! 

See you soon! 

Katie 

 

We could all use a little encouragement along our writing journeys.

Okay, sometimes we need a lot of encouragement. I know I need it, and I have been writing all my life! 

Writing Is Hard

It can be so easy to get discouraged with our writing, even for us adults. Even writer Ernest Hemingway said it was like sitting down at the typewriter and… bleeding. We may struggle in so many ways – with handwriting, typing skills, spelling, and grammar, and these can work to hold us back. It can be difficult to focus, flesh out ideas, stick with a train of thought, or even come up with an idea in the first place. If you have ever had difficulty with any of these things, it’s safe to say your kids probably have, too. 

Think about the ways you have struggled with writing throughout your life. What were your setbacks? What do you struggle with today… or what eventually stopped you from writing completely?

The truth is: if we want our kids to write, we need to set an example: 

We need to write.

    Yes, we need to let our kids see us write. 

It doesn’t have to be a novel. It doesn’t have to even be fiction. Maybe you write a letter, or a journal entry, or write down a childhood or family memory to share with your kids. Or maybe if your kids are responding to a poem or a story or a writing prompt, you sit down with them and write your own response. The two of you can compare what you’ve written later and have a good discussion. 

Demonstrating the Importance of Writing 

How many times have we heard kids complain about how they’ll never use math later in their lives? Well, what about writing? 

Think about how much the average adult writes these days. Is the majority of it over email, text, or social media? Is the rest all at work? 

I want to encourage you to write creatively and/or expressively over the next week – for your kids – and for yourself, too! Here are just a few ways you can: 

Ways We Can Incorporate More Writing Into Our Own Lives 

  • Pick up a notebook or a journal at the store and make a habit of writing in it every day. 

  • Write down memorable things your kids do. 

  • Write down childhood memories of your own. 

  • Write your kids’ birth stories.

  • Make a list of things you’re grateful for.

  • Keep a morning or evening diary. 

  • Make a list of places you’ve been or places you’d like to visit. 

  • Write the story of your favorite family trip. 

  • Write that short story you’ve had in your head for years. 

  • Continue a story you started ages ago. 

  • Journal your daily thoughts. 

 

Writing can be so much enjoyable when we take the pressure off ourselves to write perfectly. This goes for us, and our kids. So, write for the joy of writing, and share that joy with your kids. You got this. Have fun! 


One thing that really helps me and my kids to write, especially if we feel stuck, is to write to a writing prompt! 

When you subscribe you’ll receive free writing prompts sent directly to your email every week – plus plenty of encouragement, too. 

Want more? Head to our shop to check out our resources there that will help your family in your daily writing practice! 

 

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I’ll see you again soon, writers! 
Katie 

 

Henry David Thoreau once said, “we need the tonic of wildness.”

Having spent a long time living alone on Walden Pond deep in the forest, Thoreau certainly knew this tonic well. He spoke of exploring marshes and woods– of being refreshed by nature. Thoreau learned well that we need nature, that nature has the power to cleanse and renew us. He knew that nature brings us to ourselves in a way nothing else can.

Nature has the power to restore us. 

But if nature can renew and restore us, why do we spend so little time in it nowadays? Why do we not seek that tonic of wildness more often

No, I don’t know the answer, but I can guess at some of the reasons. Maybe we’re too comfortable indoors. Maybe we are too glued to our screens. Or maybe we’re too tired and rundown to even think about seeking out that tonic. And maybe we’ve just forgotten what it feels like to have mud squish between our toes or to lay in the grass and gaze up at a blue sky. I almost wonder if we were to remember if we would seek it out more.

Children Remember 

Do you know who remembers those feelings? 

Children.

Children remember. Children, who make forts out of treetops and villages out of creekbeds – they remember and know well the tonic of wildness. They are the ones who seek out the muddy puddles after a rainstorm, and the ones who collect dandelions. They haven’t forgotten what it’s like. They remember all too well. 

A quote that’s attributed to Pablo Picasso keeps coming back to me. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Because it’s the same with art as it is with nature, isn’t it? Children have this innate desire and ability to explore their world – whether it be in nature, the world around them, or in art, a world they can create.

I know I can see this in myself, and I’m wondering if you can, too. I am a writer. At least, I like to say that I am. Growing up, I wrote like wildfire. I filled notebook after notebook with stories. And not only that, but I played outside to my heart’s content. I knew how to make a wilderness out of a suburban backyard. I can remember just how vast everything seemed back then… before I grew up. Before I let it go. Before I got some “sense” knocked into me about how the world really works. 

But living artless and wordless away from nature is not how the world should really work, is it? I know you can probably tell similar stories from your childhood too, no?

Or maybe you see it in your own children. And you know, that’s why and how I’m starting to come back to myself – because of what I see in my own children. I see them turn our house into a fantasy land, and all they’ve had to do was turn a switch on in their imagination. They can write stories like I used to, and they can play like I used to, too. 

I see my younger self in them, and I know – they are the artists. And I want to be there to make sure that they never lose that. I want them to burn the wildfires on the page and canvas and in the backyard and while they play. I want them to explore and be refreshed and renewed by that exploration – and then explore some more. And I want them to know that this world and the world within them are endless, and so keep on exploring. 

Wildwood Writing

I may not write or create like wildfire anymore. I am older now and have seen a lot in this life. But my pen can move as in a wildwood, exploring gently as a butterfly drifts in and out of the trees and flowers. I can do my wildwood writing, and explore in my own way.

I know now that this may suit me. And so as the children cleanse and restore their souls as in a wildfire, I might cleanse and restore mine as in a wildwood. It’s time to take a path deep into the wilderness and explore far and wide.

It’s time to partake once again in the tonic of wildness. 

 

 

If you are looking for writing inspiration for your family, I invite you to subscribe to receive a free writing and poetry activity for kids. Subscribers also receive a free writing prompt in their email every week! This is a great way to grow your family’s writing practice. 

We also have a TeachersPayTeachers store,with a growing collection of resources that will encourage kids to explore their own writing. I’d love to see your kiddos utilize my family’s creations to spur on their writing. I welcome any suggestions or requests on our resources as well! Please do feel free to reach out – and don’t forget tosubscribeto learn more! 

Write away, friends! 

Katie 

Katie