TT Patton, The Art of Fine Writing

115. TT Patton to the Rescue

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For me, one of the hardest things about being self-employed is knowing when to step away from work. But there are a few times each year that I devote to my family and this next week is one of them.  I’m taking time off to spend time with my peeps and I found a great person to cover for me as a guest writer here at She owns her own business here in Barrington, she hosts regular writing workshops at her store and, thankfully, Theresa Patton of TT Patton fine stationery and her intern, Molly, agreed to help!

TT Patton, The Art of Fine Writing

Starting tomorrow and through next Sunday, Theresa Patton and her summer intern and writing instructor, Molly Koeneman, will be writing the blog here at They have a great lineup of “Things to do” that they’ll be writing about each day and you’re welcome to drop by the shop to find out what’s in store.

Writing and Journaling at TT PattonTT Patton is quite the hub of activity these days. Not only does she sell some of the finest papers and pens in town, Theresa has been hosting a series of summer creative writing workshops for kids. Molly, an English Literature student at Western Kentucky University, has been teaching the writing classes this summer and they’ve been a huge hit. During the week-long sessions, kids come for an hour each day. They learn the value of journaling and they write letters, poems, short stories and even songs. They read excerpts from novels and talk about what makes an author’s writing unique and they decorate their own mailboxes to highlight how special it is to receive handwritten notes by mail.


These classes all take place in the shop’s lower level which Theresa and Molly have painted with murals.

TT Patton Writing WorkshopsThey have the space totally stocked with all the supplies a kid could need to get creative with their writing and they’ve aptly named the room “Write Under the Stairs”. The summer creative writing workshops are for kids from 9-12 years old and the $110 price includes a journal and fountain pen. There are still a few spaces left in the summer sessions, but Theresa offers workshops for kids and adults all year long.

For more information about Theresa’s business, visit her website at and you’ll find her blog at  You can also give Theresa a call at 847-277-0073 or visit the shop at 123 E. Station Street in Barrington.

In the meantime, I’m excited to see what Theresa and Molly write about this week at  I look forward to coming back with new energy to tackle the other 242 days-worth of things to do in Barrington with vim, vigor and a huge debt of gratitude to those who help along the way.

2 responses to 115. TT Patton to the Rescue

  1. TT Patton featuring Molly the Intern’s summer camp experience was the greatest! My daughter enjoyed the creative atmoshphere, the diverse class ages, experience levels and the mutual love of the written word that was shared by all. Hats off! Look forward to next years camp!

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