Past Events & Photos

FRoG (Friends of the Gifted & Talented) Super Saturdays!

Writing Workshop   Teacher: Campbell, Grades: 3-7, Five weeks-Cost: $45

Do you love making up stories? Learn how to bring out the stories within you in this exciting class. Improve your writing skills by using the same process and style strategies used by professional writers to bring your creative ideas to life. No prerequisite – this class is for any student who loves stories and is interested in taking his or her creative writing to the next level.

Publish Me! Teacher: Campbell, Grades: 3-8, Five weeks-Cost: $45

Did you know that kids could get their stories published in magazines and on-line? Learn how to get one of your stories or essays ready for publication. This class teaches how to revise your writing to make it stronger, where to look for publishing opportunities, how to search for markets that fit your style of writing and how to submit your writing to an editor. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

All students welcome, regardless of School District!

 50 minute Classes held at: O’Neill Middle School, 635 59th Street, Downers Grove

 Register at  website: (REGISTRATION CLOSED – come back in the fall of 2010)


Summer 2009 – – –

The First Young Writers’ Summer Studio, held in Downers Grove, IL ~ August 10-14  (Monday – Friday)

Met daily for writing-intensive exercises, critiques and lessons on developing your craft in fiction, creative nonfiction and essay/journaling.

Look at the fun we had!

Tricia & Allison








indoor snowball fight


Winter 2008 – – –

NaNoWriMo T.G.I.O. Party! (Thank Goodness It’s Over!)And Young Writers’ Public Reading

Saturday, Dec 6, 2008 ~Downers Grove Public Library: 1050 Curtiss Street

Fiona receives her winning certificate!

David went beyond his goal and reached 6,400 words!

Annalin went beyond her word count goal!

Grace, our youngest participant, receives her certificate!

Fiona reading from her novel "The Bookshelf"

Summer 2008 – – – –

Please enjoy these photos taken at the Summer 08’s Young Writers’ Group Public Reading at the Downers Grove Public Library. This was a fun casual event where young writers shared their works for family and friends. (We also enjoyed yummy oatmeal and macaroon cookies!)

I am so proud to know these writers, each with a special talent and original “voice” in the way they tell their stories.

Mary Jo introducing the young writers (Aug 21, 2008)

Lillian reads her fantasy story, "My Oni, My Demon"

Andrew reads his humorous story, "The Prank"David reads his adventure story, "Silk's Cave"

And Heidi read her story of revenge in “The Sure Fire Plan”

 Two of these stories were created from exercises we practiced in group.

 Come back soon for more!

outdoor exercise


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