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First Ever: After School Writing Club at Beverly Cleary

For the first time ever, WITS started an eight week after school writing club at Beverly Cleary for 6th – 8th graders.

Only four 7th graders signed up, but even with such a small class, instructors Joanna Rose and Jenny Chu had a blast!

They did everything from free writes while listening to music, pantoum and cinquain poems,  journey pieces in a form called haibun, writing about trash on Earth Day, to drawing a character named Ogoo Erval – which each person, along with the instructors, had a hand in creating.

During the last two weeks, the kids created ‘zines to publish the pieces they wrote.

On the last day they had a reading party where parents were the audience. There were words, laughter, cupcakes and the feeling that writing is incredibly creative and fun at any age!

The picture below shows the Beverly Cleary After School Writing Club holding up their finished ‘zines on the last day.

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