I Know Here: Writing Creative Nonfiction About Your Favorite Place

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This workshop for 8 - 10 year olds was held November 19, 2013 at 826michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was inspired by Laurel Croza and Matt James' 2010 book I Know Here.

"Everyone carries at least one favorite place that they know really well inside their memory. Whether you love Michigan Stadium on game day, your grandma’s farm, or even your own bedroom, we bet if you described your favorite place to us we’d wish we could visit! In this workshop, we’ll practice writing creative nonfiction (a fancy way to say a story is so great it sounds made up even though it’s not!) and describe our favorite places in such vivid detail that we just might get transported!*

*TARDIS not included."

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  • I Know Here: Writing Creative Nonfiction About Your Favorite Place

    1. 1. Welcome to “Creative Non-Fiction About Your Favorite Place”! Today’s tour guide: Julie Judkins
    2. 2. “Creative Non-Fiction” is the art of writing about real things using strong details that tell what you see, hear, feel, smell, and taste.
    3. 3. I Know Here example “I know this road, the one I am walking on. One end goes to the dam and the other end stops at my school. I count the trailers on my side of the road. There are seven and mine makes eight. I know the forest behind my home where I play hide-andseek in and out of the pine trees, the needles soft like a quilt under my feet. I know the howling sound a wolf makes when it calls out at night in that very same forest.” I Know Here was written by Laurel Croza and illustrated by Matt James (Groundwood Books, 2010)
    4. 4. I Know Here example “I know this road, the one I am walking on. One end goes to the dam and the other end stops at my school. I count the trailers on my side of the road. There are seven and mine makes eight. I know the forest behind my home where I play hide-andseek in and out of the pine trees, the needles soft like a quilt under my feet. I know the howling sound a wolf makes when it calls out at night in that very same forest.”
    5. 5. I Know Here example “I know this road, the one I am walking on. One end goes to the dam and the other end stops at my school. I count the trailers on my side of the road. There are seven and mine makes eight. I know the forest behind my home where I play hide-andseek in and out of the pine trees, the needles soft like a quilt under my feet. I know the howling sound a wolf makes when it calls out at night in that very same forest.”
    6. 6. I Know Here example “I know this road, the one I am walking on. One end goes to the dam and the other end stops at my school. I count the trailers on my side of the road. There are seven and mine makes eight. I know the forest behind my home where I play hide-andseek in and out of the pine trees, the needles soft like a quilt under my feet. I know the howling sound a wolf makes when it calls out at night in that very same forest.”
    7. 7. If your favorite place was in a book, how would it be described?
    8. 8. Let’s practice!
    9. 9. I Know Here example “I know this road, the one I am walking on. One end goes to the dam and the other end stops at my school. I count the trailers on my side of the road. There are seven and mine makes eight. I know the forest behind my home where I play hide-and-seek in and out of the pine trees, the needles soft like a quilt under my feet. I know the howling sound a wolf makes when it calls out at night in that very same forest.” What does a wolf sound like? Can you think of a word to use instead of howl?
    10. 10. Pack your bags! It’s time for a Favorite Places Showcase!

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