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Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge: Week 9

Published: June 3, 2020

Monday: A new challenge!We arrive at the penultimate week of Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge!  This week, it seems that this week’s Blotch host is looking to bring all of the Blotches together for one big finale. We’re joined by Dr. A Blotch, Dr. Blotch’s aunt’s brother’s great uncle’s cousin. She’s always thought that it would be interesting to create a documentary about the Blotch family and their many mysteries and secrets. But unfortunately, the previous Blotches that we’ve met don’t want anything to do with Dr. A Blotch’s interviews and camera crews.   For Week 9’s Writing Challenge, Dr. A Blotch would like …

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Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge: Week 8

Published: May 27, 2020

Monday: A new challenge!We’re down to only THREE more weeks of Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge.  This week, we’re joined by Dr. W Blotch, Dr. Blotch’s great uncle’s cousin, who has just “discovered” comics. Dr. Blotch is astounded, and can’t believe that he has PhDs in seven different subjects yet no one told him about this incredible type of story. Putting pictures and words TOGETHER to make meaning? He can’t believe it.For Week 8’s Writing Challenge, Dr. Blotch is asking members of the 826michigan community to create comics that feature some of his favorite comic techniques: faces, setting the scene in one panel, and speech bubbles.To do this, follow these steps:Where will your story take place? Who …

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Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge: Week 7

Published: May 20, 2020

Monday: A new challenge!We’re here with Week 7 of Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge. The Drs. Blotch have been busy presenting these weekly Writing Challenges, and have let me know that they would like to wrap up the challenge after week 10 (ending on June 12). Can you believe we’ve been doing this challenge for seven weeks?This week, we’re joined by Dr. O Blotch, Dr. Blotch’s aunt, who’s feeling a bit gloomy after spending all of her time alone in her giant cabin in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.Dr. Blotch is feeling particularly inspired by all of the local heroes during this time of …

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Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge: Week 6

Published: May 12, 2020

Monday: A new challenge! This week, we’re joined by Dr. X Blotch, Dr. Blotch’s fourth cousin twice removed, who really misses going outside. The seasons are changing, but they are stuck inside, where everything is always the same, and they are desperate to remember the excitement of…weather! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcyRM0uM9d4 Dr. X. Blotch needs writers to create some wacky weather forecasts, to bring a bit of excitement to their life. The weather reports should describe what the scene is like outside using vivid sensory images. You can use these steps to create your wacky weather report: Think about some possible weather scenarios …

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YpsiWrites Announces Virtual Tutoring

Published: May 6, 2020

Virtual Tutoring is Now Available! YpsiWrites tutors are now providing virtual writing consultations. You have two options for writing support: Comments about writing: If you would like someone to review your writing and provide feedback, please fill out this virtual submissions form. Conversations about writing: If you would like to talk to someone through a video chat about your writing, please fill out our Google Meet consultation form. We have full instructions [PDF] for requesting virtual writing help. Click here for more information about YpsiWrites

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Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge: Week 5

Published: May 4, 2020

Monday: A new challenge! This week, we’re joined by Dr. L Blotch, Dr. Blotch’s sister-in-law, who’s getting a little antsy at home. She had a number of travel plans for the spring, so instead of visiting destinations, she’ll have to bring the destinations into her home using imagination and creativity. She’ll need to redesign her house to make it look and feel like her favorite vacation spots. Dr. L. Blotch needs writers to create how-to guides that will teach Dr. Blotch (and other readers) how to create a travel experience from home. These should describe how the destination will look, …

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Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge: Week 4

Published: April 27, 2020

What is Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge? Dr. Blotch is challenging members of the 826michigan community to create stories that will bring Blotch–and all who listen and read–entertainment. Each week, Dr. Blotch will issue a new writing challenge at the beginning of the week, check in with us on Wednesdays with a writing tip, and release a video of themself reading and reviewing submitted stories on Friday. A regular interrupter of 826michigan’s writing field trips, Dr. Blotch is 826michigan’s nefarious, slimy, and unique editor. Dr. Blotch often calls in and demands new and creative stories. 826michigan volunteers, staff, and field trip …

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Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge: Week 3

Published: April 20, 2020

What is Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge? Dr. Blotch is challenging members of the 826michigan community to create stories that will bring Blotch–and all who listen and read–entertainment. Each week, Dr. Blotch will issue a new writing challenge at the beginning of the week, check in with us on Wednesdays with a writing tip, and release a video of themself reading and reviewing submitted stories on Friday. A regular interrupter of 826michigan’s writing field trips, Dr. Blotch is 826michigan’s nefarious, slimy, and unique editor. Dr. Blotch often calls in and demands new and creative stories. 826michigan volunteers, staff, and field trip …

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Reading and Writing with YDL during Covid-19

Published: April 17, 2020

Reading and Writing with YDL during Covid-19.

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Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge: Week 2

Published: April 13, 2020

What is Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge? Dr. Blotch is challenging members of the 826michigan community to create stories that will bring Blotch–and all who listen and read–entertainment. Each week, Dr. Blotch will issue a new writing challenge at the beginning of the week, check in with us on Wednesdays with a writing tip, and release a video of themself reading and reviewing submitted stories on Friday. A regular interrupter of 826michigan’s writing field trips, Dr. Blotch is 826michigan’s nefarious, slimy, and unique editor. Dr. Blotch often calls in and demands new and creative stories. 826michigan volunteers, staff, and field trip …

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Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge: Week 1, Day 1

Published: April 7, 2020

What is Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge? Dr. Blotch is challenging members of the 826michigan community to create stories that will bring Blotch–and all who listen and read–entertainment. Each week, Dr. Blotch will issue a new writing challenge at the beginning of the week, check in with us on Wednesdays with a writing tip, and release a video of themself reading and reviewing submitted stories on Friday. A regular interrupter of 826michigan’s writing field trips, Dr. Blotch is 826michigan’s nefarious, slimy, and unique editor. Dr. Blotch often calls in and demands new and creative stories. 826michigan volunteers, staff, and field trip …

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Introducing Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge

Published: April 5, 2020

What is Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge? Dr. Blotch is challenging members of the 826michigan community to create stories that will bring Blotch–and all who listen and read–entertainment. Each week, Dr. Blotch will issue a new writing challenge at the beginning of the week, check in with us on Wednesdays with a writing tip, and release a video of themself reading and reviewing submitted stories on Friday. A regular interrupter of 826michigan’s writing field trips, Dr. Blotch is 826michigan’s nefarious, slimy, and unique editor. Dr. Blotch often calls in and demands new and creative stories. 826michigan volunteers, staff, and field trip …

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Journaling to Make Sense of This Time

Published: April 1, 2020

As we all discover ways to navigate this unique moment in history, YpsiWrites encourages you to keep a journal. Writing through your daily thoughts, questions, and emotions can be a tool to help you process your experiences. Use our weekly “Journaling to Make Sense of This Time” prompts to get started.This week’s question is: What are you doing through this social distancing that helps you stay busy and connected? YpsiWrites is also offering additional online writing prompts and resources developed specifically for this period of social distancing. Please visit the YpsiWrites website for a growing list of writing activities, prompts, …

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Ypsi Writes Drop-In Hours Suspended until March 21

Published: March 11, 2020

Effective March 17, Ypsi Writes Drop-In hours are suspended through March 20 due to COVID-19 concerns. Beginning March 21, drop-in writing consultation will be offered at all YDL locations through a virtual option. The 24 Hour Zine Challenge is cancelled. Thank you for your understanding

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Books and Prompts for Elementary Writers

A book list for elementary writers curated by Claire Stano and Sheena Crenshaw of 826michigan. Check out the book, read, then use the prompts below to write your own story! Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Barnes, Derrick D. author. Write a detailed description of an everyday experience that is important to you and include as many sensory details as you can remember: how do things look, sound and smell? How do you feel during the activity? Do your emotions change as things progress? Suggested topics: family dinner, starting a school day, recess, sports practice, playdate with friend, trip …

Storytelling With YpsiWrites and Girl Scouts

Published: February 24, 2020

Saturday, February 1st brought Girl Scouts grades kindergarten through twelfth to storytell through different genres of writing. Girl Scouts gathered from around the area for this event and broke up into different groups based on age. YpsiWrites volunteers facilitated the groups to help the girls meet their badge requirements. The junior Girl Scouts, grades 4-5, worked on the storytelling badge by starting with acrostic poems of their names. After writing about themselves, the leaders of the group, Christina-Marie Sears and Charlotte Moore, guided the girls through a mini-workshop about the components of a story, which led the girls to begin …

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It’s National Novel Writing Month!

Published: November 13, 2019

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is well underway as we near the middle of the month. NaNoWriMo is a challenging yet rewarding undertaking, writing 50,000 words during the month of November. Started in 1999 by Christ Baty, hundreds of thousands of writers have attempted their novel. Some even “winning” and finishing their novel! Writers are tracked on NaNoWriMo’s website, where you can also find writing buddies, local and regional events, the dare machine, pep talks, and much more. If you have been trying to write that novel for the past one, two, or ten years, then join us! Angela …

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Local Authors Featured at the Library

Published: October 12, 2019

Calling all writers and book lovers! YDL presents our first-ever Local Authors Showcase, featuring authors from the Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor area. The Showcase is one of several events we’re hosting during our Grand Opening Celebration of YpsiWrites. We’re teaming up with 826 Michigan and EMU’s Office of Campus and Community Writing to support our local writing community with programs and activities.  Besides the Local Author Showcase, the Grand Opening Celebration features writing activities, the Writers of Ypsilanti, and light refreshments. Writers, come talk to a published author and learn how they did it!  Book Lovers, come support local authors and find …

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Everyone’s A Writer: Introducing Ypsi Writes

Published: September 5, 2019

Ypsi Writes will host drop-in hours at all YDL locations offering help with any type of writing, and present writing workshops where both experienced and aspiring writers can learn various forms, from memoirs to résumés to poetry.

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Volunteer Writing Coaches Needed for Drop-in Writing Hours

Published: August 21, 2019

Do you have a passion for writing that you would like to share with others? Volunteer at Ypsi Writes!

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