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The Writer's Garret

Storytelling and Illustration with Octopus Stew

Time Frames
During School Day, After School, Summer, Weekend
On Campus Program
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Community/Fam., Talented/Gifted


Stories are everywhere! Sharing stories about the everyday things that happen to us gives us a sense of culture, history, and personal identity. They also allow us to have an enjoyable shared experience with others. We can use illustrations to make our stories more understandable or to add additional details. In this workshop, students will listen to a beautifully illustrated and humorous story that honors the author’s culture and family. Participants will then write a story from their own personal experience and use the elements of space, color, and value to make an illustration.

Students Will

  • Apply comprehension strategies to text
  • Listen to the story Octopus Stew by Eric Velasquez
  • Share their stories with other students
  • Explore the use of space, color, and value in illustrations
  • Write a short story from their own personal experience
  • Illustrate their story using the elements of space, color, and value


Dates: Monday-Saturday
Times: 8am-6pm
Duration: 1 hour
School Fee: Flat Rate: $125.00
Minimum Attendance: 1
Maximum Attendance: 25
Bilingual: No
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Scheduling / Booking

Instructions: To schedule this program, or for more information, call The Writer's Garret at (214) 828-1715 or email [email protected]. Residencies of 10 sessions or more result in a printed anthology of students' work and the opportunity for students to show off newly developed skills in a public reading to friends and family.
Deadline: two weeks prior notice
Cancellation Policy: A minimum of 48 hours notice is required to cancel a scheduled date. If 48-hour notice is given, we will reschedule the date, based upon the availability of the Instructor. If 48-hour notice is not given, we will bill for the date scheduled and not reschedule the date.
After School Policy: At least one school representative/teacher must be present in the classroom at all times. 25 students maximum per class. Minor adjustments can be negotiated.

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