Every Child Has a Story
2014 Every Child Has a Story Writing Workshop Registration Form
Due to early start of School year 2014-2015, I have adjusted the dates of the second session of our Writing Workshop. If you are interested in enrolling for the first session, please do so now. Time is running out. Registration for the first session closes 2 Jun 2014. (One week prior to start)
Complete and return registration forms. One Form for each child please.
Every Child Has a Story Writing Workshop
“Building Self-Esteem and Creativity through Writing”
Our Every Child Has a Story Writing Workshops are unique and custom-tailored depending on the age group and number of participants in which we are working. Through positive thinking and creative expressive methods, we inspire writers of all levels to be courageous enough to think outside of the box and express themselves on paper in ways that are beneficial, elevating, and self-motivating.
All workshops are interactive and stimulating where students are engaged emotionally and physically. All workshops include a generous supply of necessary materials for the writers for use during the workshop and supplies to take home to continue their creative literary works afterwards.
If you are interested in scheduling an Every Child Has a Story Writing Workshop for your group/class or just want more information, please contact me at (Beverly@beverlyjonesdurr.org)
Writing Workshop 2014
Hello fellow writers! I am in the process of developing the classroom schedule for the Writing Workshop for 2014. Please use the link below to stay abreast of all information. Select the tab labeled “Writing Workshop Information”.
Note: Online module will be ready for Spring Classes. Ages 8 and up are eligible. Younger groups will continue classroom workshop format.
There’s always a story to tell
Where did the time go? Here we are already at the end of the year. Looking back there have been so many things that have happened for which I am grateful. This time of year always makes me think of the innocence of children. Their faces glowing from the holiday lights shining brightly everywhere you look. Random acts of kindness….bells ringing outside of shopping centers….people rolling up dollars to place inside the Salvation Army bucket…others donating toys and goodies to the Angel Trees. It is my sincere wish and prayer that every child has a happy face, warm home and plenty of food to eat. Please don’t forget to do whatever you can to help those in need. The blessings that we receive are not ours to keep…we must share them with others. Remember also, this time of the year long ago a child was born that gave us the ultimate gift…the gift of redemption and hope. On behalf of Every Child Has a Story, I wish you the happiest of Christmas wishes and a blessed and abundant New Year!
Beverly Jones-Durr – Executive Director, Every Child Has a Story.
I am always amazed when the curve of the road on my life journey brings me face to face with an awesome opportunity. It all started with an invitation to join a Facebook group, Alabama General Store. This group is sponsored by Inspire Arts Charitable Foundation whose mission is to promote inclusion in the arts. At Every Child Has A Story our mission is the enhance self esteem in children ages 5 and up through writing, speech making and creative arts. It did not take me long to notice a very distinct parallel and kinship developing before my eyes! This is that curve in the road I was referring to earlier. It is through inclusion that our coming together is so awesome. This is not just any group on Facebook. The Alabama General Store is the “Premier Online Virtual Department Store” on Facebook. Through the expert mentoring and care of Inspire Arts this group sports over 29 individual departments and has members in excess of 7500 and we are just over three months old! Each department is filled with Artisans from across the south whose amazing works are the top of the handcrafted line!
So, you might be asking why is this great news for Every Child Has A Story? Every Child Has A Story gets its funding from my small business, Gifted Genie. That’s right! 100% of all proceeds from items purchased by you go to fund my organization. Because of the marketing amazement of Inspire Arts the Gifted Genie is making increased sales…which means more funds available to support our mission and the children. We were able to host three writing workshops this summer! That’s right three! Eighteen children participated and created wonderful stories and poetry. These awesome new writers ranged in age from 5 to 14. It was sometimes challenging but so rewarding….we want to do more and reach more children.
I am developing an online module of our writing workshop so we can reach beyond the Tennessee Valley. I expect we will be ready to go live by first of next year! The speech making begins next week. We have four members so far!
How can you help? The holiday season is coming. Check out the Alabama General Store. Gifted Genie has lots of items listed in the Fine Arts Department and the Books & Handcrafted Stationery Department for sale. When it’s time to do your shopping this holiday season, please consider purchasing from the Gifted Genie. You will be participating in the proverbial village it takes to raise a child and helping Every Child Has A Story provide self esteem enhancement to children who need it the most. You will also be getting “Great Gifts” as well as supporting the local merchants.
Your continued patronage is greatly appreciated!
Beverly Jones-Durr – Executive Director, Every Child Has A Story
I have heard your requests for an online writing workshop session. I am happy to announce that I am currently in the process of developing an online module for the writing workshop. I do not have a “Go Live” date as of yet. It is very important to me that I produce quality services For the children so I will be testing and working hard to bring you an amazing online experience.
Email me if you haven’t already. Love hearing from all of you..and thank you for allowing me to do what God has place in my heart to do. It takes a village…I’m a member of this village.
We completed our summer session of our writing workshop a couple of weeks ago. There were 6 young faces with bright ideas and bursting with enthusiasm. April and her brother Mandy decided to write poetry. Terrence wrote an awesome story about his midnight visitor, Angelo the Frog. Ashley wrote a story about her mother Anna. Phillip wrote about wizards who lost their laundry tickets and couldn’t wear their special robes. Kayla wrote her story about dreams and how they sometimes come true. I am so very proud of all of them.