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Treasure Island: Experiential Literature Workshop

LitWits Workshops

Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

Treasure Island:  Experiential Literature Workshop

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
One child Ended $65.00 $0.00
Two or more siblings in the same workshop Ended $60.00 $0.00
Using an Ocean Grove purchase order   more info Ended Free $0.00

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Event Details

TREASURE ISLAND (Robert Louis Stevenson)

TWO last-minute openings as of 4/23 -- sign up fast!

We can’t wait to bring this book to life! We'll explore the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feel of this wonderful story through prop-based discussion and creative activities, including drama, art, writing, history, geography, science, and more!  (A fast, fun way to see just what we do is to watch our 3-minute video.) When children learn with their senses, their enthusiasm and curiosity increase, and teachable moments abound.  

From Goodreads 

The most popular pirate story ever written in English, featuring one of literature’s most beloved “bad guys,” Treasure Island has been happily devoured by several generations of boys—and girls—and grownups. Its unforgettable characters include: young Jim Hawkins, who finds himself owner of a map to Treasure Island, where the fabled pirate booty is buried; honest Captain Smollett, heroic Dr. Livesey, and the good-hearted but obtuse Squire Trelawney, who help Jim on his quest for the treasure; the frightening Blind Pew, double-dealing Israel Hands, and seemingly mad Ben Gunn, buccaneers of varying shades of menace; and, of course, garrulous, affable, ambiguous Long John Silver, who is one moment a friendly, laughing, one-legged sea-cook . . .and the next a dangerous pirate leader!

The unexpected and complex relationship that develops between Silver and Jim helps transform what seems at first to be a simple, rip-roaring adventure story into a deeply moving study of a boy’s growth into manhood, as he learns hard lessons about friendship, loyalty, courage and honor—and the uncertain meaning of good and evil.A bold journey into a new dimension of entertainment and excitement! Four men and one woman reduced to a microscopic fraction of their original size, boarding a miniaturized atomic sub and being injected into a dying mans carotid artery. Fighting their way past giant antibodies, passing through the heart itself, entering the inner ear where even the slightest sound would destroy them, battling relentlessly into the cranium. Their reach a blood clot and destroy itw tithe piercing rays of a laser gun. At stake...the fate of the entire world.

Workshop Details

How it works:  Each four-hour LitWits workshop focuses on a single work of literature that the children have read before they arrive.  Heavily abridged and audio versions are perfectly acceptable! Though we encourage completion of the book before the workshop, it’s not necessary in order to enjoy our creative, immersive activities. 

Ages:  We don’t have age restrictions – as a parent, you know best what your child is ready for, interested in, and capable of. Having said that, we find that ages 9-12 are almost always "ready to LitWit"!

Time and Place: Workshops are held Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the campus of Vintage Faith Church at 350 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, upstairs in the Children & Youth Building.  The Abbey coffeehouse is right next door, if you’d like to jumpstart your four hours of free time!

Cost for each 4-hour workshop: The cost of each workshop includes all supplies and snacks; children bring their own lunch. If you are registering one child, each workshop is $65.  If you are registering siblings for the same workshop, each workshop is $60/child. LitWits Workshops is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School. If one of your referred friends attends a future session, we’ll send you a gift certificate for a free workshop!

Cancellation policy: We purchase materials several days in advance of each workshop, so please let us know as soon as possible if your child won’t be able to attend. We appreciate your consideration!  

Have questions about Treasure Island: Experiential Literature Workshop? Contact LitWits Workshops

When & Where

Vintage Faith Church (upstairs in the Children & Youth building)
350 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

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LitWits Workshops


We bring great books to life for kids!


A LitWits workshop is a sensory, creative, kinetic immersion in a pre-read book. We want kids to discover the JOY of reading! So we reach straight into the story to come up with:


sensory props (we see, hear, smell, and feel what the characters did)
bookbites (we taste what the characters ate)
creative projects (we make what a character made)
activities (we do what a character did) 
academic handouts (we learn the story's narrative arc, vocabulary, and setting)
creative writing (usually modeled on something written or done in the story)


It's amazing how much kids can learn while they're "just" having fun! We use the same methods in our story and essay writing camps and teen Master Classes, We love helping kids "get" the thrill of well-crafted writing!


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