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“Cheryl Dumesnil's passion and talent for writing inspires a freedom of creativity in her students that is so needed today. Each child is given the wonderful, and often rare, opportunity to find their own voice and share it with the world. She is nothing short of magical.”
-Katie Zeigler, Educator, Artist, Parent
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Do you live with a storyteller, poet, comic book enthusiast, or novelist?
I facilitate Home-Based Writing Workshops for small groups and I teach School-Based Enrichment Classes, offering support through all phases of the writing process, in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and essay writing. (Yes, that includes college application essays.)
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T, a third-grader, is alternately climbing on his chair, jumping up and down, and practicing his arm-fart skills, while a blank piece of paper and pencil sit unattended on his desk.
I rest my hand on his shoulder, wait for eye contact, and say, “A minute ago, when we were having our group discussion, you were contributing so many great ideas. Now it looks like you’re having a hard time concentrating.”
He says, “Usually when I close my eyes there’s a lot of stuff going on in there. But right now there’s nothing.”
I pick up his pencil and write those words on his page.
“It sounds like you’re frustrated,” I say. I write the word ‘Frustration,’ too.
Then I direct T’s thoughts toward our experiment of the day: connecting concrete images with abstract feelings. “What does frustration sound like?”
He says, “Like someone knocking their head against a diamond block.”
I write that down.
“What does it smell like?”
He says, “It smells like the world’s worst pizza.”
I write the words then I put the pencil in his hand.
“Keep going,” I say, and he writes, non-stop, until it’s time to go home.
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Why do I love working with kids?
“You've published four books, you’ve won national writing awards, you coach professional writers, you teach graduate students in M.F.A. programs: why do you work with kids?”
The truth? My young students are some of the most honest, vulnerable, egoless, imaginative, energetic, passionate, and hysterically funny writers I know.
Who wouldn’t want to dance with that energy for an hour or two, say, every Tuesday at 2:30?