Adolescence is hard. When many girls enter middle school, their self-esteem drops. Academics suffer as they compare themselves to society’s idea of beauty. They find it harder to name activities they are good at. Bullying and cyberbullying can have a lasting effect on a girl’s self-worth.
This is why I wrote “Rapunzel the Hairbrained” for girls in grades 2-4: to build them up with a sense of self-confidence before they enter the perilous middle school year. And I do it through fairy tales.
This project was made possible through the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency. I received a grant to publish my unruly fairy tale in 2018.
The IAC grant allowed me to hire a great illustrator, Taylor Lucas, and provide prototype workshops to five groups. I am extremely grateful to IAC and recommend their grant programs to other Indiana creative artists.
Now that I’ve had the chance to hone the workshop, I’m eager to visit more groups!
Because of the workbook component, each girl will need a copy of the book. I charge $14 per girl to cover the cost of the book, supplies, travel, and time. Adults sitting in on the workshop are free. If your group serves girls in financial need or children with disabilities, contact me for a 50% discount for those participants.
Each child receives a free bookmark and Rapunzel the Hairbrained comb.
I am happy to travel within central Indiana. Groups further than 30 miles away from Fishers, Indiana may require an additional travel fee at $.50 a mile.
The workshop lasts 1 hour.
Does the program work? Well, obviously we must send our girls the message that they are beautiful and talented many times as they grow up in order for them to believe it, especially given all the negative messages they hear elsewhere. But in surveys, the average participant showed a .5 point increase in self-esteem on a scale of 1-5 after taking the workshop. This workshop is not to fix a girl’s self-esteem, but to supplement positive messages from parents and mentors as she grows. Each girl takes a copy of the book home to continue to reinforce this message.
Group leaders may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details or to preview the book.