Workshops for kids

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Joanne Lécuyer

Joanne Lécuyer, author and owner Topsy Books

Author Joanne Lécuyer offers fun and interactive workshops for kids that touch on a variety of writing topics and styles. Workshops are aimed primarily at children from 9 to 12 (grades 4-6). Class/group size: about 10 to 35 children (approx).

Brief descriptions of the current workshops are available below. Click the “more” link for details and to print a PDF version of the flyer.

Each workshop is $200 per 120 minute session, or $350 for two sessions at the same venue, plus travel from Ottawa and accommodation if necessary. Contact Joanne by email or call 613-863-2432 to book your workshop.

Story Writing

Graffiti Mural

Exploring Dialogue

This interactive story writing workshop for kids allows them to explore the 4 basic elements of story writing with an author. Working in teams of two, all the participants get a chance to create a character, as a writer or an illustrator. The group then selects 1 or 2 characters and are asked to create a setting, develop a plot and a resolution for the story. Using a fiction/fantasy theme allows the kids to be creative and use their imagination. It’s what makes the workshop a lot of fun! [more…]
This interactive workshop for kids allows them to explore the purpose and mindful use of graffiti. Working together as a group, all the participants will get a chance to create and work on a mural (with words and images) using a graffiti style. The author and teacher/leader will discuss the theme and direction for the workshop prior to the event. [more…]
This interactive workshop for kids allows them to explore how to write dialogue using a comic strip approach. All the participants get a chance to create and work on their own comic strip (with dialogue and images). In order to experience the dialogue process, they will also contribute to their classmates’ comic strips by adding some dialogue. The author and teacher/leader will discuss the theme, direction and length of the workshop prior to the event. [more…]
The Future Alphabet Code
This interactive workshop for kids allows them to explore the origins of the alphabet and writing. All the participants work together to create a new alphabet code (the 26 letters plus the numbers 0-9). Each participant will use the new alphabet to encode a short message that describes our current culture (or city, country, earth) to someone reading in the future. [more…]alphabetcode

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  1. Joanne has delivered 3 workshops to our students and always leaves them wanting more. They (the students) want to know when she will be back and what they will be doing. In May 2012, we asked her to give her “Exploring Dialogue” workshop which really appealed to our students because of the cartoon element. Creating comic strips was a perfect idea to spark the imagination and explore dialogue. The students were so engaged in the comic strip creation that even after they spent two hours sitting down, working at it, they still asked to continue in the afternoon. Some even planned to write a few more “books”. Joanne is warm and extremely approachable and the students can sense these traits. They listen to what she has to say without interruption and value her opinions and suggestions.

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