The best writers are the best readers. You’ve probably heard this before, but it remains true. But I would hold that the best scholars, teachers, doctors, parents, technical engineers, and pretty much anyone in any profession are the best readers. Reading can expand our minds, inspire new and creative solutions, and teach social skills. Reading stories can let us experience worlds, ideas, characters almost as if they were in the room with us. Through reading stories, we learn about the world and the people around us. We learn about actions and consequences. We learn what to value.
Lisa Cron, author of Wired for Story, said, “Story it turns out was crucial to our evolution–more so than opposable thumbs. Opposable thumbs let us hang on. Story told us what to hang on too.”
With this principle in mind, I will be instructing and leading and literary study and writer’s workshop for all those who are interested in becoming better readers, writers, teachers, and citizens of the world. We will focus on the purpose, use, and value of the literary elements used in stories of a variety of genres.
Join us as we explore new worlds, meet new characters, and become better readers.