Write the Revolution Workshop

With Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve

What is it like to physically put pen to paper? In this special hour-long workshop designed just for young authors aged 9-13, historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar and author Kathleen Van Cleve will lead you through activities and exercises that ask you to consider whose stories are worth telling and demonstrate the power of telling your own history. This event marks the national launch of Never Caught, a young reader’s adaptation of Dunbar's National Book Award Finalist Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge.


This is a drop-off workshop just for children, but parents/guardians are welcome to stay and observe if they wish. Parents/guardians who prefer to drop-off children will be asked to complete registration forms on arrival. All workshop participants are encouraged to stay after the workshop for a special free-with-Museum Admission talk and book signing by Erica Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve at 2 pm. (Please note the workshop fee includes Museum Admission for workshop participating children only.)

Erica Dunbar is a historian and author of Never Caught, The Story of Ona Judge. She is the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University-Camden. Kathleen Van Cleve is a novelist, screenwriter, film producer and teacher.  She is Senior Lecturer in Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.


Space is limited; advanced booking is encouraged.

You can purchase Never Caught on the Museum's webstore

Write the Revolution
Inspired by our flagship book series Read the Revolution, the Museum is proud to present Write the Revolution, a series of author talks and workshops for children and teens. Through the magic of storytelling, historical fiction puts people at the center of history, presents multiple perspectives and brings the past to life.