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Arlyn had great presence with the students and made wonderful connections.

- Adrienne Eisenmann, middle school language arts and social studies teacher

In school settings, multiple session workshops are most effective, optimally six or more, with a minimum of three sessions.  Single-session workshops are suitable for holiday programming (i.e., MLK Day, Earth Day) or for assemblies (i.e., the professional life of a writer).  


In addition to writing workshops in language arts classrooms, expressive writing may be incorporated into  social studies, science, math, foreign language, and art curricula.  Workshops can culminate in written student anthologies, student work combining their art and writing, student readings, performances, or recordings.


Examples of past workshops include those listed below.  I tailor all workshop for the needs of each particular classroom.


Why Poetry?

Jump Starting and Trouble Shooting a Poetry Unit

Visual/Digital Art and the Written Word


Theme and Holiday Related Expressive Writing

MLK Day, Earth Day, religious holidays

Writing Through the Five Senses

Poetic Autobiographies

Incorporating Poetry in Research Projects

Performance Poetry


Poetry in Motion (combining movement with creative writing)


Multi-grade Level Workshops


Expressive Writing in the Social Studies Classroom

Pioneer Poetry, Poetry of the Prairie, American History Poetry, World History Poetry, Holocaust Poetry, the Poetry of War, D.C. Trip Workshop, Creating Poems from World History Textbooks

Expressive Writing in the Science Classroom

Solids, Liquids and Gasses; Poetry through Nature’s Perspective;  Seasonal Expressive Writing; Planetary Poetry; The Wonder-ful Science, Art and Poetry of Nature


Foreign Language Poetry

Neruda’s Odes to Common Things; Hebrew Poets; Spanglish Poems about Families

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