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Kidfort Writer’s Workshops

Get the kids pumped for Treefort Music Fest with these cool Kidfort workshops! All the work done in these workshops will be presented on Sunday, March 26th 1:00-3:00pm @ Rediscovered Bookshop.

Writing Poetry with Malia Collins

Wednesday, March 15th 4:00-6:00pm @ Foothills School of Arts & Sciences
It’s been said that all writers have is 26 letters and a handful of punctuation and look at the worlds that can come from that. In this two-hour poetry workshop writers will use their five senses, their writers’ toolbox, and the power of their imagination to create short pieces of poetry. We’ll use a number of fun writing prompts to sharpen the attention we give to the world around us, and write pieces that celebrate imagery and sensory detail, the music of language, and the importance of voice. Students will have a chance to write and share their work.

Malia’s published short stories in a number of literary magazines, has two Hawaiian children’s books, and is currently working on a collection of essays about Hawaii, as well as a novel.



Comics/Mad Libs Mash Up with Catherine Kyle

Thursday, March 16th 4:00-6:00pm @ Foothills School of Arts & Sciences
KidfortCombining comics and Mad Libs, this two-hour workshop will invite students to explore the power of panel transitions, word and thought balloons, lettering, and color schemes as they create original, short graphic narratives. Will you make a story about an energetic robot who shouts in all-green caps? A shy moon who whispers in a tiny gray font? Or something else entirely? Let the dynamic duo of words and images take you on an adventure where you’ll draw, color, and share.

Catherine Kyle teaches literature and composition at the College of Western Idaho and creative writing at The Cabin.



Creative Nonfiction Workshop with Heidi Kraay

Friday, March 17th 4:00-6:00pm @ Foothills School of Arts & Sciences
What do you know? What is true (for you)? What do you wonder about most? In this creative nonfiction workshop for young writers, we’ll explore who we are, where we’ve been, what we have to say and what we’re curious about in the world. Writing the art of nonfiction, we walk the line between what we know, what we want to know and what we have no idea about. This will be a time of sharing our own stories and ideas about how things work. We’ll have the chance to open up to each other and speak what’s on our minds – in a way that is mindful of the whole group. What can you tell as about your life, what you know and your biggest interests? By inquiring deeply through visualization, memory and dreaming up rabbit-hole questions, this is an opportunity to write something new and true that you can share with the world. What do you have to say for yourself?

Heidi Kraay’s solo and co-devised plays include How To Hide Your Monster, SuperSecretSiteSpecificSomething, New Eden and DIRT, which attempt to connect us through the understanding that it’s hard being human.


Haven’t gotten your 5-day pass yet? Don’t wait! Treefort is right around the corner so make sure to buy your pass online or at the Record Exchange.