Two new partnerships announced!

IRW has two awesome partnerships to announce – and they’re both involved in one brand-new Fall 2015 project!

IRW has brought on board a new author partner, warmly welcoming Ellen Potter to our ever-growing roster of talented authors/illustrators. Ellen has authored over a dozen books and her latest chapter books, Piper Green and the Fairy Tree, are about a girl who lives on a Maine island that has to ride a lobster boat to school.

We certainly know some children who can relate to island life! IRW will bring Ellen to visit three island schools in October: Ashley Bryan School on Little Cranberry Island, Isle au Haut School, and Frenchboro School. She’ll lead workshops on “Writing for Self and Others,” including a discussion on the writing process, writing prompts, and the importance of revision.

And how will we be transporting Ellen from island to island? That involves our second partnership – the 75-foot Sunbeam boat, courtesy of Maine Sea Coast Mission!

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How cool is that?!

Douglas Cornman of Maine Sea Coast Mission had a lot of great things to say about the partnership and upcoming visits: “The crew of the Sunbeam and the Maine Sea Coast Mission are extremely excited about continuing our partnership with Island Readers & Writers. We look forward to welcoming Maine authorĀ Ellen Potter and her family aboard the Sunbeam and supporting Ellen’s efforts to bring her talents and books to the outer island schools and communities. It is going to be a phenomenal trip!”

Maine Sea Coast Mission also runs the EdGE Program in Washington County, a program IRW has partnered with in the past, most recently at the launch of Cynthia Lord’s A Handful of Stars in Milbridge in May 2015.

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