Lil’ Haints Creative Writing Summer Series

July 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Haunted Book Shop
109 Dauphin St
Lil’ Haints Creative Writing Summer Series @ The Haunted Book Shop

For ages 9-12

Every Thursday in the summer, except for Independence Day, 10 am-12 pm

Class Size of 12

$7.00 per class or $35 for the series

June 6th– Joyce Scarborough: “Yes, You ARE a Writer!” a motivational presentation on how you are already a writer, how the things in your life make you a writer

Writing prompt: Use something in your life—toys, pets, etc—to make up stories.

Book tie-ins: Dork Diaries, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Diary of Ann Frank, Anne of Green Gables


June 13th– Candice Conner: “Brainstorms & Origin Stories” Inspiration is all around a writer. This class will be about story starters and nurturing creativity.

Writing prompt: Give a voice to that which does not have one (walk around the bookstore and find an object to write about).

Book tie-ins:  origin stories of Colleen’s Penguinaut!, Montgomery’s Something Rotten, Sassafras and her Teeny Tiny Tail


June 20th-Joyce Scarborough: “Something Worth Saying” How to write dialogue that moves your story along, reveals something about your characters, and sounds like how real people talk.

Writing prompt: Rewrite an example of bad dialogue.

Book Tie-ins: Henry and Beezus, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, True Blue 


June 27th– Carrie Dalby: “Creating Characters with Visuals”

Writing Prompt: Using cut-outs from magazines, give characters at least one distinguishing characteristic and have the student write a short description. Read it to the group and have the other students draw from the description to see how well the character was described

Book tie-ins: The Invention of Hugo Cabret, A Wrinkle in Time, and Bridge to Terabithia


July 11th-Candice Conner: “Incorporating Setting into your Story” Treating setting as a character

Writing prompt: If you put a story in a different setting, how would it change? Rewrite well-known stories.

Book tie-ins: Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Wildness in Mellie Feye, Tumble & Blue, Princess Academy, Mardi Gras in Alabama (?)


July 18th-Carrie Dalby: “Goal, Motivation, and Conflict”


Writing prompt: Take a character you created from a previous workshop, a new idea, or dissect a favorite character to discover the root of a plot. Assign the main character’s goal and motivation so you can heap on the conflicts. Also discover how secondary characters’ goals and motivations interfere with what your main character wants.

Book tie-ins: Fever 1793, Ramona books, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Fortitude.


July 25th- Book Making with South’s new publishing company (obviously, this workshop will be a higher price as more materials will be needed.)


Instructor Bios:

JOYCE SCARBROUGH is the author of eight novels and numerous short stories featured in multiple anthologies. Joyce completed a course in writing from the Institute of Children’s Literature and is the former senior editor for Champagne Books. Joyce is a past president of the Mobile Writers Guild and is currently serving as its secretary, and she’s also a member of the Southern Breeze chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Joyce has lived all her life in Mobile county, she’s the mother of three gifted children and a blind Pomeranian named Tilly, and she’s been married for over 30 years to a superhero who disguises himself during the day as a high school math teacher and coach.

Growing up between swamps, a river, and the Gulf Coast, CANDICE MARLEY CONNER’s stories emerge from gnarled burrows, muddy water, and salty air. She has a degree in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of South Alabama with her thesis, FROM HORNBOOKS TO HARDBACKS: THE EVOLUTION OF TRENDS IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE. Candice is a Reading Buddy at Old Shell Road Magnet School and a preschool substitute teacher. A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, she is published in magazines and various anthologies. Her picture book, SASSAFRAS AND HER TEENY TINY TAIL, debuts later this year.

CARRIE DALBY is a multi-published author, including two novels for teens: FORTITUDE (listed as a “Best History Book for Kids” by Grateful American Foundation) and CORRODED. She worked several years as the children’s book specialist at a major retailer, served two terms as president of Mobile Writers’ Guild, and five years as the Mobile area Local Liaison for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. While experiencing the typical adventures of growing up, Carrie called several places in California home, but she’s lived in Mobile since 1996.

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