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DEC 5-8: The LitWits® Workshop & Master Class on FAREWELL TO MANZANAR by Je...

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Campus of Vintage Faith Church (upstairs in the Children's Building)

350 Mission Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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December 5-8, 2018: Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston - 1973 (you can buy the book or CD here). At least once a year, we offer a workshop on a book that breaks from our criteria of "classic or vintage, fiction or a play" because it meets our most crucial, inflexible standard: it increases understanding and empathy. This autobiographical story about the internment of a seven-year-old Japanese girl and her family during WW2 does exactly that -- and it's by a Santa Cruz author!

Click the green REGISTER button, then scroll down to see all session options. (NOTE: This fall we're teaching a Master Class session for ages 12+, too!) If sold out, please email info@litwitsworkshops.com to be waitlisted.

A LitWits® workshop is a hands-on, memorable experience of a great book. Kids read (or listen to) the story before they arrive,* and for three hours we experience it in all kinds of sensory ways. It’s amazing how much kids can learn while they’re “just” having fun!

“LitWits is motivating, educational, and inspirational. Your workshops have shown my son that exploring the world of literature and writing can be fun. I can’t thank you enough.”

That's because our straight-from-the-pages props, activities, creative projects, and original academic handouts are integrated to convey key academic information: themes, the narrative arc, character development, historical and geographical contexts, vocabulary, writing skills, and more. There’s no pressure to perform or participate – we want to inspire your kids to read more great books!

AGES: Each workshop is offered for three age groups. The content will be exactly the same in the 7+ and 10+ groups, and all will do creative writing. The differences are:

Ages 7+

  • slower pace, more thorough project directions
  • thorough discussion of all handout information
  • more time for projects and creative writing, with one-on-one help as needed
  • age-appropriate expectations for efforts and participation
  • appropriate peer setting

Ages 10+

  • faster pace, less detailed project directions
  • emphasis on thoughtful, thorough responses on all handouts
  • more time for deeper, age-appropriate discussions and creative writing
  • age-appropriate expectations for efforts and participation
  • appropriate peer setting

Ages 12+ Master Class (Thu AM only)

  • analysis/emulation class, focusing on the narrative arc and the craft of writing
  • two academic handouts, to allow time for deeper discussion of authorial and historical context
  • one thematic project, to allow time for emulative creative writing (at least two pages expected)
  • age-appropriate expectations for efforts and participation
  • appropriate peer setting


If this age division separates siblings who would prefer to be together, or if it better suits your schedule to have them in a single workshop, older kids are welcome to attend the 7+ workshops, but not the other way around. Or you might prefer our Saturday morning session for ages 7-12.

Cost: The $70 cost of each 3-hour workshop includes all supplies and a no-nuts, book-related snack. LitWits Workshops is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School and Inspire Charter Schools. Charter parents, please enter promo code CHARTER to register, then request a purchase order or enrichment certificate.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 30 days before the workshop, you can choose a refund or makeup; within 30 days, you'll get a makeup. (Use promo code MAKEUP to re-register, and please remind us, in the Notes field, which workshop you missed.) There are no refunds or makeups for no-shows. We hope that makes sense and seems fair!

*Abridged and audio versions are perfectly acceptable; movie versions are not, because images replace a child's visualization, and words are reduced to dialogue. Our workshops aren't just about the story, but about how the author's craft skills affect thought, character, and imagination.

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Location

Campus of Vintage Faith Church (upstairs in the Children's Building)

350 Mission Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event

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