Customized writing workshops are available for all ages – children, teens, and adults. The ideal audience size is a maximum of 30 participants, although larger groups can be accommodated. Workshop themes can include:
- word play – using intuitive writing to generate story ideas and learn writing techniques;
- villains and heroes – characterization and scene development;
- how to create stories from real-life experiences;
- how to create a believable fantasy or science-fiction world.
Karen designed the WordPlayers program to encourage children and teens to express themselves through writing in a positive, fun environment while learning writing techniques and concepts. Her technique promotes intuitive writing using a variety of stimulating activities, including word games, masks, story dice, photos, and character games. Karen has taught WordPlayers at Pegasus Studios in Toronto as well as at workshops in schools and libraries.
Writing for Children Course
Karen Krossing has taught an introductory Writing for Children class at Centennial College. This class focussed on how to generate ideas, develop believable characters, understand genres, edit your writing, and market and promote your work.
“Your workshop was very enjoyable, and the girls thought you were inspiring. They really enjoyed the exercises, and you gave them a lot of good tips. I hope you can come back soon to give us more of your wisdom and insight.”
Claire Argyropoulos, Youth Services Specialist, Barbara Frum Library
“Karen’s writing program was well received, and both teachers also gave me positive feedback. She really got the kids writing well. I was amazed to see the quiet fury and the amount of writing they got done in a comparatively short time. They also really liked the exercises.”
Patrick Gracey, Librarian, Hospital for Sick Children
“Karen Krossing is a superb presenter with a wealth of knowledge and a dynamic, passionate, and clear way of communicating her ideas. Karen’s disposition is so positive, confident, genuine, generous, and full of great karma.”
Participant of a writing workshop
“It was impossible to not have fun in the workshop because Ms Krossing is a great teacher and the activities are really well thought out. The writing workshop was very useful for me and other students who like to write, but just can’t get that professional polish on their work.”
Sanjeev Narayanaswamy, writing workshop participant
“The WordPlayers program, a lunchtime writing club devised and led by Karen Krossing, was an exciting project. The children’s ideas were greeted with enthusiasm and built on in a constructive way. They learned to critique each other positively and to listen in a welcoming and empathetic way. Wherever Karen is able to present, I am sure that the participants will benefit from her knowledge of the writing process and her kind and encouraging manner.”
Martha Cunningham, Librarian, Presteign Heights Public School