I love writing an awful lot, but perhaps even more, I love to help kids find and believe in their creative voices. I work regularly with elementary school students in a variety of fun and creative settings to build on writing, storytelling, performing, and visual arts skills. Below are a few ways that I can get involved with your school, classroom, community organization, or library.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Longer residencies in classrooms or other group settings allow time to dig deep into the writing process and build relationships to establish a strong writing community. Kids explore fun pre-writing activities and idea-storms, develop descriptive stories, poems, or plays, practice revision, and showcase their work with a publication or performance. I often incorporate “writing beyond the paper” as well, including visual art, acting, storytelling, and movement to touch various learning styles and emphasize that writing is a creative expression that reaches far beyond spelling and punctuation.
Asheville Writers in the Schools & Community:
I enjoyed getting to write fun stories with my friends in Family Voices.
–Alex, 3rd grade, Hall Fletcher Elementary
I can write amazing stories.
-Danielle, 3rd grade, Hall Fletcher Elementary
For residencies in Asheville City or Buncombe County Schools or other community organizations, I am available along with other fabulous teaching artists through Asheville Writers in the Schools & Community. Through AWITSC, I have facilitated three Family Voices programs at Hall Fletcher Elementary School, two camps at Centro de Enlace, a non-profit that works with Latinos, and six summers of True Ink camps.
The night before camp started he shared with me his anxiety and frustration that I signed him up…By the second day he was telling me about stories he was working on with the other campers and by the end of the week was asking to return next year!
–Sara Basile, parent
Residencies can vary in length (1 to 26 weeks) and focus to fit your needs and support classroom curricula. AWITSC is a non-profit organization, and I am willing to collaborate to find program funding if needed.
For Asheville City Schools, I am also available for shorter residencies through TAPAS grants, funded by the Asheville City Schools Foundation. I have been a TAPAS teaching artist for 3 years and love to collaborate with teachers on coming up with fun, hands on curricula!
School and Library Visits
I am now available for private school and library visits in the Western North Carolina region as well as occasional farther travel. My full school assemblies, smaller class or grade level workshops, and library visits all include an engaging, audience participatory exploration into the imagination and the process of taking a story from idea to finished book. Interactive visits can also focus on my picture book Writing Home: the Story of Author Thomas Wolfe and the history of Thomas Wolfe’s childhood in Asheville. Contact me for more information about availability and rates at email@example.com.