Percy Jackson’s Magic Pen
August 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm$278
Member Price: 255
Deadline to Register: 11:59 pm on July 26
Instructor: Wendy Low
Age Group: 9-12
Percy Jackson is mighty with his sword; his creator, Rick Riordan, is mighty with his pen. Try the writing methods Riordan used to weave a siren spell. Prepare by reading the first book of the series, The Lightning Thief. We will mine it for models of how to develop vivid characters and hold readers across chapter breaks, and for the benefits of borrowing story elements from past literature. We’ll craft imaginative descriptions and humorous wisecracks, similar to those in Percy’s narration. You’ll create your own Camp Half Blood adventure. Meanwhile, we’ll enjoy examining ancient Greek culture: attempt some Greek literary forms, explore the Berkeley Gallery of Ancient Art, try on tunics and helmets, design our own hoplite shields, and concoct ambrosia! We also will look at how we borrow from ancient Greece in our language, government, culture, architecture, and art—to see that ancient Greece still lives in us.