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Overview: This is a writing workshop designed to ignite creativity by exploring what makes up a story, plot, character development, showing – not telling, resolution or endings and editing.

Audience: Ages 8 – 13


Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to create a story idea, learn how to outline and develop the plot of the story as well as create believable characters and edit their work.


Handouts and Power Point Presentations accompany this workshop.


This is a “hands-on” workshop presented in three parts. The first segment covers the basics of developing a story idea. It explains the differences between story vs. plot and explores what fiction and nonfiction mean. Character development and Point of View are also covered in Part 1.


The second segment of the workshop covers outlining, plotting, dialogue and resolution.


Part three of this workshop reviews Parts 1 and 2 and delves into editing and publishing.


The goal of this workshop is to encourage children to write by providing tools and mentoring. Each child will have completed a short story by the end of this comprehensive workshop.


  • Costs: $250 plus travel expenses, if any. Opportunity to sell my  award-winning books; Convict and a Rose, Flowers and Stone, Home Alone and Til Death Do Us Part.
  • Contact: Jan Sikes at: 469-450-0784 or e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Jan Sikes, Award Winning Author


Multi-Award winning author, Jan Sikes, weaves stories in a creative and entertaining way. She has been called a magician and wordsmith extraordinaire by her readers and peers.


Most recently, Jan completed a series of four books about a Texas musician who was a pioneer in the Outlaw Music movement before it ever had a name. She also released a music CD of original songs matching the time period of each story.


Jan has written songs, poetry, short stories, screenplays and novels. She resides in North Texas and sits on the board of directors for the North Texas Book Festival, The Texas Musicians Museum and the Texas Authors Institute of History.



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