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Wonderfully Ridiculous Letter Stories: Using Creative Writing and Storytelling to Improve Literacy

Artist: Arianna Ross

Type: Residencies


With adventures, comic characters, and mishaps, silly letter stories are a perfect genre for encouraging students’ language development.  This writing residency helps students recognize different phonetic sounds while discovering how to write a short story. Depending on the grade level of the students, teachers decide what sounds the children need to explore.   Together, the class writes and dramatizes a story using a word containing the target sound in every sentence.  Arianna guides students as they write and perform their own creative stories.

View videos of Arianna in action here!


Typically, residencies range from $2,000 to $3,000, but we can use your available budget and ‘work backwards’ to create a cost-effective residency for your school. We may be able to assist you in securing grant and funding opportunities.

Residencies are tailored to your needs but usually include:

  • A kick-off assembly
  • A required orientation meeting and planning session
  • A set of workshops for classes of up to 25 students each
  • A student culminating or sharing event
  • An evaluation meeting

For a rough estimate, residency prices include:

  • Artist assembly (see artist’s page for pricing)
  • A set of workshops ($100 each)
  • A required orientation meeting and planning session ($100 each)
  • An evaluation meeting ($100)
  • Mileage and supply costs depend on artist location and the residency chosen.


Audience Limit: NA

Program Length: NA

Appropriate for Grades:
Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, All Grades


Assembly Price: $475

Assembly Back-to-Back Price: $630

Workshop Cost per Day: $100 per session

Workshop Materials Fee: NA

Travel Fee: Mileage fee may apply.

Technical Requirements



Diversity Awareness Month
I-Love-To-Read Month
National Arts and Humanities Month
National Arts in Education Week
Universal Human Rights Month

Curriculum Connections

Character Education
Creative Writing
Language Arts