Robin Hall believes we are all born with an innate need to create, whether it be the best bread on the planet, a cozy quilt to keep our loved ones warm, or words on a page. She believes each of us, no matter our age, have stories to tell. She is a member of the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators, runs her local critique group, regularly attends writing conferences and workshops, has a compulsive need to have a book with her at all times, and has taught creative writing to her children for nine years. She is a yoga instructor, a marathon runner, rock climber, and a lover of all things creative. She dabbles in sewing, quilting, basket making, woodworking, knitting, crochet, and wire art (and more, but this list is getting a little embarrassing). She grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and lived in Utah, Israel, Virginia, Mississippi, and California before coming back to her favorite place to call home. She resides in Pittsboro, North Carolina on three acres with her handsome husband, five fabulous children, two dogs, and too many chickens to count.
“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” Dieter F. Utchdorf
For this hour, we will focus on the power of creating stories with your children and bringing their ideas to life. I’ll run a mock creative writing class for the elementary aged child (so come ready to contribute and write!). I will fill your toolbox with multiple exercises that are both fun and effective ways to inspire children to create and play with words.
Creative writing is most powerful when not limited by a child’s ability to write, spell, or use grammar appropriately. I’ll share powerful ways to allow even the youngest of children to be a creative writer, powerful everyday tools to keep our children spinning stories, and the power of reading good books to inspire creative writing.