YOUNG READERS BOOK CLUB
Mar
18
to May 14

YOUNG READERS BOOK CLUB

SATURDAYS FROM 11-12:30

For Students, Ages 12+

Join us at The Writer’s Block each week for the book-a-month club! Every month, students will help pick a new young adult book to read together and will discuss what they’ve read week by week. Come ready to chat about favorite moments, quotes, and characters—and occasionally create an art or creative-writing project that goes with the book.

Please note: club members will vote on a book selection at the beginning of each month. Students can come to the first meeting with the book, or purchase it at The Writer’s Block the day-of.

This month’s book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

 

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BEGINNER’S DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
Aug
20
to Sep 17

BEGINNER’S DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

SUNDAYS: AUGUST 20, 27 & SEPTEMBER 3, 10, 17
FROM 1:00-2:30PM

For six students, ages 10-12

Get ready for high adventure in a magical fantasy realm! In this five-week workshop, six students will learn the basics of the classic storytelling game, Dungeons and Dragons. They will create their own fantasy characters: wizards, rogues, warriors and healers and together we will explore dangerous lands and dungeons while battling dragons, trolls and all sorts of mysterious monsters for glory and treasure.

This workshop is free of charge, but due to the mechanics of the game, enrollment will be strictly limited to six students. (If demand is high, we will run a second workshop at another time.)

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NINJA ACADEMY
Sep
3
to Sep 17

NINJA ACADEMY

SUNDAYS: SEPTEMBER 3, 10 & 17
FROM 3:00-3:45PM

For students, ages 5-8

Welcome to the Ninja Academy! In this three week workshop, students will design their own ninja characters, training them and equipping them with special skills before sending them on secret ninja adventures. Then they will record these stories as their very own books to take home. 

This workshop is free of charge.

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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COMIC WRITING
Sep
9
to Sep 16

COMIC WRITING

SATURDAYS: SEPTEMBER 9 & 16
FROM 1:00-2:00PM

For students, ages 9-12

From Superman to Snoopy, comic books have been a source of some of the world’s most iconic creations. In this two week workshop, whether you’re a superhero fan or prefer the funnies, you’ll have your own chance to design larger-than-life characters, expose your wild artistic style, and create plots that pop off the page. Then, on the very last class, you’ll even get to bind your comic strips into your very own comic book.

This workshop is free of charge.

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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BUILD A BEE A HOUSE
Aug
5
1:00pm 1:00pm

BUILD A BEE A HOUSE

SATURDAY: AUGUST 5TH
FROM 1:00 - 2:00PM

For six students, ages 6-10

We care a lot about birds at The Writer’s Block, but this July we’ll shift our attention to another very important flying critter: the bee.  In this one-day workshop students will learn about different bee species and how they support the environment while documenting their discoveries in their field guides. The students will even get to make their very own clay bee boxes, which they can take home and use to study the bees in their backyard. 

This workshop is free of charge.

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BOOK OF SPELLS
Jul
23
to Aug 6

BOOK OF SPELLS

SUNDAYS: JULY 23, 30 & AUGUST 6
FROM 1:00 - 2:00PM

For six students, ages 8-12

Imagine you’re the most knowledgeable wizard in the world. What kinds of spells would you create? Would you use them for good or evil? In this three week workshop, students will explore their magical powers, creating their very own spell books. But of course, spell books aren’t just any ordinary books. They’re magic books and deserve magical writing, so in this workshop students will even learn some calligraphy so they can write like a magician!

This workshop is free of charge.

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STORIES FROM A DESERT ISLAND
Jul
2
to Jul 16

STORIES FROM A DESERT ISLAND

SUNDAYS: JULY 2, 9 & 16
FROM 1:00 - 2:00PM

For six students, ages 6-10

Your ship just crashed in a storm. After paddling all night, you wake up on a strange island. What do you find when you explore it? Are there people living there or are you all alone? In this three week workshop, we’ll answer all these questions and more as we invent our own desert islands and stories about how we escape off of them. Then, on the last class, students will publish their castaway journals as a book!

This workshop is free of charge.

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RADIO STORIES
Jun
14
to Jul 12

RADIO STORIES

WEDNESDAYS: JUNE 14, 21, 28 & JULY 5 & 12
FROM 4:00 - 5:00PM

For six students, ages 10-14

Everyone has a story to tell. In this five week workshop, students will develop the means to share their stories with the world through the radio! In this workshop we’ll listen to segments of actual radio stories and imitate their style as we write our own. Then we’ll practice delivering our stories as performative pieces before starting the final task: recording and submitting the stories as actual radio pieces!

This workshop is free of charge.

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SAVE THE UNIVERSE STORIES
Jun
4
to Jun 18

SAVE THE UNIVERSE STORIES

SUNDAYS: JUNE 4, 11 & 18
FROM 1:00 - 2:00PM

For six students, ages 6-10

Mysterious villains are threatening to take over the universe and it's up to you to save us! In this three week workshop students will invent planets and alien species to populate their universe as well as a dangerous nemesis. Then they’ll have to use all of their cunning to tell the story of how they outsmarted the enemy. Finally, on the last class, students will get to see their heroic tales printed as actual books!

This workshop is free of charge.

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MYTHOLOGY STORIES
May
6
to May 20

MYTHOLOGY STORIES

SATURDAYS: MAY 6, 13 & 20
FROM 12:00 - 1:00PM

For six students, ages 5-9

There are beings out there more powerful than ourselves. Beings so strong they can topple kingdoms and decide destinies. For thousands of years writers have called them gods and written myths about them. In this workshop we’ll have the chance to take over the traditions of the Greeks, Norse, Mayans, and other civilizations to create gods and heroes of our own. Then we can pit them in battles against each other, watch them get entwined in the fates of humans, and capture it all as stories. On the last day of this three week workshop students will even get to print their stories as actual books!

This workshop is free of charge.

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VILLAINOUS TALES
Apr
23
to May 14

VILLAINOUS TALES

SUNDAYS: APRIL 23, 30 & MAY 7, 14
FROM 2:00 - 3:00PM

For six students, ages 9-13

Ever wonder what the bad guys or girls in movies and books are thinking about? Or what their side of the story might be? What brought these wretched souls to their evil ways and is there a chance to save them or will they head down the evil path forever? This four-session workshop will allow young writers to invent their own villains, witches, mad scientists, criminals, monsters, evil aliens, or any bad guy they wish, and tell their unique stories. Heroes and heroines will take a back seat for once and let their arch-enemies finally have a say in this workshop, and by the end of it, students will have a finished copy of their book to take home.

This workshop is free of charge.

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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TV OF THE IMAGINATION
Apr
1
to Apr 15

TV OF THE IMAGINATION

SATURDAYS: APRIL 1, 8 & 15
FROM 12:00-1:00PM

For six students, ages 8-10

Do you love to watch television? Of course you do! But have you ever wanted to create your very own cartoon, sitcom or drama? In this three-session workshop, students will conceive of a television program of their very own making. From character conception to story creation to story board, students will envision and publish a script for the television show they always wanted to see. Be sure to bring along your wildest ideas, because no idea is too big for the television of the imagination.

This workshop is free of charge.

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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REIMAGINING FAIRYTALES
Mar
12
to Apr 2

REIMAGINING FAIRYTALES

SUNDAYS: MARCH 12, 19, 26 & APRIL 2
FROM 2-3:00PM

For six students, ages 9-12

Have you ever wondered what the story of Sleeping Beauty would be like if it was set in space? What if Pinocchio went to your school? How would Peter Pan protect Neverland from a horde of zombies?  In this four week workshop, students will be able to put a unique twist on their favorite fairy tales. On the final day, students will print their re-imagined fairy tales into books.

This workshop is free of charge.

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BUILD YOUR OWN SPACESHIP
Mar
12
to Mar 26

BUILD YOUR OWN SPACESHIP

SUNDAYS: MARCH 12, 19 & 26
FROM 1-2:00PM

For six students, ages 5–8

Have you ever dreamed of soaring through space, circling stars, and meeting aliens? Well, before you do that you’re going to need a spaceship. Good News! In this three week workshop you’ll get to design your very own spaceship. Big or small, rocket-powered or a space bicycle, you will have complete control over your machine. Then, once it’s built, we’ll write stories about our amazing adventures to other planets with space’s strangest creatures. Get ready for your imagination to take off!

This workshop is free of charge.

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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LIFE WRITING
Mar
9
to Mar 16

LIFE WRITING

THURSDAYS: MARCH 9 & 16
FROM 4:00-5:30PM

For twelve students, ages 13–18

From Cheryl Strayed to Augusten Borroughs, memoir is one of the most vibrant and sought-after genres in contemporary literature. It’s also one of the most accessible—everyone has a story to tell. In this workshop for high-school students, participants will learn strategies for writing compelling narratives about their own lives. They will also explore methods for adapting their writing to the constraints of a college-admission essay, making this workshop practical to just about anybody engaged in the admissions process. 

This activity is funded, in part, by an Artist Fellowship award from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency.

This workshop is is taught by Dawn-Michelle Baude and is free of charge.

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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COMIC WRITING
Mar
4
to Mar 25

COMIC WRITING

SATURDAYS: MARCH 4, 11, 18 & 25
FROM 2:30-3:30PM

For six students, ages 9-12

From Superman to Snoopy, comic books have been a source of some of the world’s most iconic creations. In this four week workshop, whether you’re a superhero fan or prefer the funnies, you’ll have your own chance to design larger-than-life characters, expose your wild artistic style, and create plots that pop off the page. Then, on the very last class, you’ll even get to bind your comic strips into your very own comic book.

This workshop is free of charge.

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PIRATE STORIES
Feb
4
to Feb 18

PIRATE STORIES

SATURDAYS: FEBRUARY 4, 11, 18
FROM 1-2:00PM

For six students, ages 8-10

The seas are a dangerous place. There’s treasure afloat and the scoundrels trying to take it—pirates! In this workshop, students will create their own stories of piracy on the high seas. Using maps, characters and tales of naval battles of their own creation, students will decide which side of the treasure they want to be on. Will they defend it or join the pirates and try take the loot for themselves? In the final class, students will then print their adventures into books.

This workshop is free of charge. No eyepatch necessary.

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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DRAGON STORIES
Feb
4
to Feb 18

DRAGON STORIES

SATURDAYS: FEBRUARY 4, 11, 18
FROM 12-1:00PM

For six students, ages 5–8

What would happen if a dragon lived in your backyard? Would it be a good dragon or a mean one? Would it have legs, breathe fire or fly through the clouds with you on its back? What would you train it to do? In this three-session workshop, students will imagine their own dragons, endow them with powers and embark on adventures with their new magical pals. On the final day, students will then compile all their tales into actual books.

This workshop is free of charge.

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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BUILD YOUR OWN THEME PARK
Jan
29
to Feb 12

BUILD YOUR OWN THEME PARK

SUNDAYS: JANUARY 29 & FEBRUARY 5 & 12
FROM 1-2:00PM

For six students, ages 5–8

Who hasn’t dreamed of owning their own amusement park? In this three week workshop, students will build and design their own theme park. Whether it’s an expanse of lighting fasst roller coasters, a fantasy world of castles and wizards, or a haunted village, we’ll imagine some of the most exciting thrill spots the world has ever seen. Then students will come up with a cast of wacky staff and visitors to their park and put them into a story. On the final class, students will have the design of their parks and stories published into a collection.

This workshop is free of charge. (Six students will be selected by lottery on January 25th.)

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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MYSTERY STORIES
Dec
4
to Dec 11

MYSTERY STORIES

SUNDAYS: DECEMBER 4 & 11
FROM 1-2:00PM

For Six Students, Ages 7-10

Something or someone has disappeared and we need some top-notch detectives to crack the case!

In this two week workshop, students will imagine incredible mysteries and get to the bottom of solving them. From uncovering clues to finding witnesses, each student will put on their Sherlock Holmes hat and whittle down the possibilities until the crime has been solved! 

This workshop is free of charge. (Six students will be selected by lottery on November 30th.)

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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HAUNTED HOUSES
Dec
3
to Dec 17

HAUNTED HOUSES

SATURDAYS: DECEMBER 3, 10 & 17
FROM 1-2:00PM

For six students, ages 8–12

What goes on in haunted houses? And how do they become haunted? In this workshop, students will write stories about the ghostly occupants of haunted mansion, apartment, vehicle, or any other location of their choosing. They’ll write an origin story for their ghosts, and determine how they perished and why their spirits lived on. At the end, they’ll write a tale describing how their ghosts interact with haunted location’s living owners. 

This workshop is free of charge. (Six students will be selected by lottery on November 30th.)

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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BOOKMAKING
Oct
29
to Nov 12

BOOKMAKING

SATURDAYS: OCTOBER 29, NOVEMBER 5 & 12
FROM 1-2:00PM

For Six Students, Ages 9-12

Do you have a great imagination? Do you like to use your hands to create beautiful works of art? Do you wish you had a special place to create stories, draw pictures, keep photos or just write about your day? In this workshop, learn how to make your very own personalized journal! We will spend three Saturdays painting, gluing, cutting, folding, sewing and making friends while we create a work of art that doesn’t just hang on the wall. At the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to take your handmade book home with you to show off to your friends and family. 

This workshop is free of charge. (Six students will be selected by lottery on October 25th.)

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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TRAVEL STORIES
Oct
23
to Nov 6

TRAVEL STORIES

SUNDAYS: OCTOBER 23, 30 & NOVEMBER 6
FROM 1-2:00PM

For Six Students, Ages 5-8

It’s a big world. What if you could see it all?

In this three-session workshop, students will create mysterious explorer alter-egos, magical traveling machines and maps to faraway lands, real and unreal. They will tell stories of close encounters, narrow escapes and the exotic and imaginative places they saw along the way. In the last class, students will publish their stories in a travel-book, so they can regale their friends with their tales of travel. 

This workshop is free of charge. (Six students will be selected by lottery on October 19th.)

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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WRITE A BOOK WITH TONI GALLAGHER
Oct
8
1:00pm 1:00pm

WRITE A BOOK WITH TONI GALLAGHER

SATURDAY: OCTOBER 8TH
FROM 1-2:00PM

For Six Students, Ages 8-12

Toni Gallagher is the author of two middle grade novels from Random House, Twist My Charm: The Popularity Spell and Twist My Charm: Love Potion #11

Toni’s history with writing, comedy, television, and improvisation all come together an hour-long workshop with lots of group participation and fun. Toni will lead the students through starting their own book, culminating in a great opening line, paragraph, and perhaps even a first page, with a plan of where to go next. Taking suggestions from the group, they will choose a main character (boy, girl, animal, alien, toaster, whatever!), a location where the story will take place, a goal for the character, and obstacles to that goal.

This workshop is free of charge. (Six students will be selected by lottery on October 4th.)

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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ROBOT STORIES
Sep
3
to Sep 17

ROBOT STORIES

SATURDAYS: SEPTEMBER, 3, 10 & 17
FROM 1-2:00PM

For Six Students, Ages 8-12

Calling all mad scientists! Have you ever wanted to design your own robot? Well now you can. In this three week workshop, students will design their own robots, giving them unique purposes and backstories. But what happens when their robot comes to life and runs loose? The students will write the outcome of their robot’s incredible adventure an, on the last class, will get to have their robot stories printed in books they will take home with them.

This workshop is free of charge. (Six students will be selected by lottery on August 30th.)

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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POETRY GAMES
Sep
3
to Sep 17

POETRY GAMES

SATURDAYS: SEPTEMBER 3, 10 & 17
FROM 12-1:00PM

For Six Students, Ages 5-8

In this three session workshop, students will use interactive games to cut, collage, create and share words. They will play with images, swap stories and string sentences. They will play with old poems and construct new ones of their own. And all of this fun will lead to the students creating their own collection of poetry that will be published in book form on the last class. 

This workshop is free of charge. (Six students will be selected by lottery on August 30th.)

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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DEAR DIARY: BLOGGING WORKSHOP
Aug
21
to Sep 11

DEAR DIARY: BLOGGING WORKSHOP

SUNDAYS: AUGUST, 21, 28 & SEPT 4, 11
FROM 1-2:30PM

For Six Students, Ages 12+

For the first time ever, we can express our thoughts and opinions to a limitless audience through blogs and social media. But with so many people to reach out to, so many ideas to express and with a clutter of information on any topic, it’s difficult to figure out what to write about and how best to use the new media to express ourselves.

This workshop helps change all that. In four weeks, students will learn how to start their own blogs, discover topics that interest them and learn prompts and exercises to create awesome content. Afterwards, you’ll want to tell everyone about this workshop... and know exactly how to!

This workshop is free of charge. (Six students will be selected by lottery on August 17th.)

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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VIDEO GAME BOOKS
Jul
30
to Aug 13

VIDEO GAME BOOKS

SATURDAYS: JULY 30 & AUGUST 6, 13
FROM 12-1:00PM

For Six Students, Ages 8-12

Did you always have the perfect idea for a video game? Or maybe there was a quest you always wished was inside your favorite board game. Well now you can make those stories real! In this three session workshop, students will create the characters, settings and stories for their perfect game and publish them in their own hand-made origami-style books.

This workshop is free of charge. (Six students will be selected by lottery on July 25th.)

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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HORROR STORIES
Jul
24
to Aug 14

HORROR STORIES

SUNDAYS: JULY 24, 31 & AUGUST 7, 14
FROM 2-3:00PM

For Six Students, Ages 9-12

There’s a place of howling wolves and witches on brooms, mummies walking through dark caves and zombie bridesmaids. It’s a place where the moon is always full and the nights are black as tar. That place isn’t Transylvania, it’s the Writer’s Block. For this three-session Scary Story writing workshop, students will write the spookiest stories they can imagine and then publish their chilling tales in a book to share with their bravest friends and family members. But be warned: side-effects of this workshop may include raising stories from the dead, strange goulish noises and UFO sightings.

This workshop is free of charge. (Six students will be selected by lottery on July 19th.)

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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UFO STORIES
Jul
24
to Aug 7

UFO STORIES

SUNDAYS: JULY 24, 31 & AUGUST 7
FROM 1-2:00PM

For Six Students, Ages 5-8

There are aliens in Las Vegas! And in this three-session workshop, students will hunt down answers to the UFO mysteries. Did the aliens come here from other planets or have they been here all along? Are they little green men or tentacled monsters? Are they friendly or to be feared? After discovering the stories of how the aliens got to Earth and why, students will assemble a top-secret book complete with pictures describing just what the aliens are  up to. Their books could be the key to saving the earth from this alien invasion!

This workshop is free of charge. (Six students will be selected by lottery on July 19th.)

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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RHYMING STORIES
Jun
19
to Jul 3

RHYMING STORIES

SUNDAYS: JUNE 19, 26 & JULY 3
FROM 1-2:00PM

For Six Students, Ages 5-8

Do you love Dr. Seuss or stories with Winnie the Pooh’s? Have you read Where the Sidewalk Ends? Do you like writing books with pens? Well then come on through, we have just the class for you. A three-session Rhyming workshop that’s sure to make you skip and hop. The best part is it’s at your favorite book shop: The Writer’s Block. 

This workshop is free of charge. (Six students will be selected by lottery on June 21st.)

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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HUNGRY MINDS
Jun
4
to Jun 18

HUNGRY MINDS

SATURDAYS: JUNE 4, 11, 18
FROM 11-12:00PM

For Six Students, Ages 6-9

The best (and most fun) stories are hidden in everyday life, and what could be more everyday than food? In this three-session workshop students will be introduced to writing fiction inspired by food. There will be plenty of opportunity to imagine tasty new worlds, try new foods and, on the last class, the students will publish their delicious stories as books.

This workshop is free of charge. (Six students will be selected by lottery on May 30th.)

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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FAN FICTION
May
18
to Jun 8

FAN FICTION

WEDNESDAYS: MAY 18, 25, JUNE 1, 8
FROM 4-5:30PM

For Six Students, Ages 9-12

Have you ever wished you could enter the world of your favorite book, movie, television show or video game? In this four session workshop, you can do just that. Together we will explore the settings and characters from our favorite stories while adding new ideas of our own. Students will combine the worlds of their favorite books and other art forms for a true fan fiction mashup. And, at the end of the workshop, students will have a published collection of their work to take home.

This workshop is free of charge. (Six students will be selected by lottery on May 13th.)

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

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JOURNALISM 101
May
9
to May 16

JOURNALISM 101

MONDAYS: MAY 9 & 16
FROM 6-7:00PM

For twelve students, ages 9–12

Clark Kent started writing news like this.

Sure, we can’t all wear a red a cape and save Lois Lane, but we can all learn to be as heroic as Superman’s alter ego—Clark Kent!

This workshop will explore basic journalistic principles and concepts, like reporting facts and sharing truth. Each student will interview another student and write a profile of them, and vice versa. At the workshop’s conclusion the profiles will be published in a small book.

This workshop is free of charge.

Register for this workshop here or by calling 702-550-6399.

 

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