One Day Workshops

*One Day Workshops*

The One Day Research Paper Extravaganza

In just three short hours, you’ll take your research paper all the way from outline to works cited! Students will prepare for the class by following a detailed research guide, bring their research to class, and put it all together. Along the way, we’ll learn the basics of MLA Style, what makes a good research source, and how to present evidence and information with style and skill. Best of all, students will have a first draft by the end of the day! Appropriate for high school students.

The One Day Personal Essay Extravaganza

College entrance essays. Essay contests. Scholarship essays. When you’re 11-19 years old, it seems like personal essays are lurking behind every corner. And what can inspire terror more than that awful prompt, Tell us about a time when you…? Writing about yourself can be hard! In this three hour workshop, students will go from literally having no ideas to having a fully formed, revised, personal essay. More than that, by the end of the workshop, you’ll have the tools to go from no ideas to finished whenever a personal essay jumps out at you. Appropriate for middle and high school students.

Argumentative Writing

Prove your point! In this class you’ll learn how to set up your argument, present your evidence, counter your opponents, and avoid common logical fallacies. With lively examples, silly exercises, and possibly even a game
of catch, the rhetorical triangle has never been this much fun. This class helps develop the critical writing skills that many college freshmen lack, and is appropriate for middle and high school students.

Fiction

Tell a story! In this class, you will do fun activities and prompts to learn the basic elements of fiction, and get started writing stories of your own. Concepts taught include character, setting, point-of-view, voice, narrative structure, plot, and dialogue. Available for elementary through high school students.

Poetry

Poetry is a way to express feelings, ideas, and experiences. Explore and experiment with many forms of poetry, including couplets, haiku, renga, sonnet, and free verse. Learn about rhyme, sound, flow, persona, and image, and use words in new ways. Available for elementary through high school students.

Drama

Act up! This class is your chance to show your stuff, and try new things. Learn about acting, improvising, and being on stage by playing games and trying it all out. This class is very hands-on, don’t expect to be sitting down a lot! Do expect to conquer your stage fright, and have a great time.

Public Speaking

We talk everyday, but when we’re asked to do it in front of people, sometimes we freak out. Never fear, this three hour workshop is here! Kick stage fright to the curb, organize your thoughts, and practice giving written and impromptu speeches. By the end of the day, you might even think public speaking is…fun!

Bio: Megan Donahue is a writer, educator, and actor living in Chicago, IL. Originally from Flint, Michigan, she is a graduated homeschooler, and is currently making a list of all the things you can do with B.A in English (she has one from the University of Michigan Flint) . Megan was a founding member of the Michigan Youth Theater, an English teacher at Homeschool Connections, and has been teaching homeschoolers since 2003. She
specializes in creating a warm environment in which students are free to explore. She teaches workshop in Illinois and Michigan.

Private Online Lessons Available

Megan currently offers weekly online writing lessons. The lessons are conducted through email and Skype/Google Hangout, and include one weekly 30 minute video chat session, and two email exchanges. Work on: college
entrance essays, critical and creative writing projects, grammar, the writing process, or other writing skills.

Weekly lessons, including 2 email exchanges and 30 minute video chat session, are $20, with a minimum of four weeks. (Discounts available for siblings, and booking more that four weeks).

Individual lessons, which include 3 email exchanges, and 30 minute video chat session, with no minimum are $30 per session.

For more information, contact: msmeganwriting@ gmail.com or visit Megan’s website.