Events

Monday April 3, 2017 – Friday April 7, 2017 – Young Writer’s Workshop with G. A. Morgan

Maine author G.A. Morgan will visit Princeton Elementary School and Beatrice Rafferty School (Sipayik) in April during IRW’s pilot program, Young Writer’s Workshop. Morgan will lead students in Grades 7 – 8 at Princeton Elementary in an immersive three-day program where they will focus on writing that reflects “looking inward” and “the hero’s journey.” At Beatrice Rafferty, Morgan will lead a one-day workshop with the same age group and themes. Students will also have the opportunity to work in small groups, provide peer feedback, and receive feedback from Morgan. At the end of each workshop program, students will receive a copy of The Fog of Forgetting, the first in an epic fantasy series with a Maine-inspired setting.

Tuesday April 11, 2017 – – Julia Alvarez virtually visits Narraguagus seventh and eighth graders

Students in Grades 7-8 at at Narraguagus Junior High School will participate in a virtual visit (Skype) with award-winning author Julia Alvarez. Before virtually connecting with Julia, students will have read her book, Return to Sender, which deals with a rural New England dairy farming family and the Mexican migrant family that is helping them survive the hardships they face. It is a story of friendship, loyalty, and community told through two young voices and perspectives.

This visit is part of Food for Thought, a book-based IRW program about food. We hope to engage students and their families from the surrounding communities around the topics of sustainable agriculture, healthy growing and eating of food, the importance of respecting food cultures, and the power of community.

Tuesday April 25, 2017 – Wednesday April 26, 2017 – Russ Cox to North Haven and Vinalhaven

Russ Cox was such a big hit in Fall 2016 – we’re very excited to bring him to North Haven and Vinalhaven this April with his book, Faraway Friends, in tow!  Russ is an experienced and imaginative illustrator, and has illustrated numerous picture books, along with working in other illustrative ventures, including games (ever heard of Plants v. Zombies?!). During workshops with Russ, students from North Haven and Vinalhaven will learn different ways to inspire creativity, generate characters and ideas, and pair words with images to create a story. Russ also brings along a selection of his sketchbooks, so students are able to see the many ways he experiments with drawing. They’re in for quite a treat!

Tuesday May 2, 2017 – Wednesday May 3, 2017 – Annette Leblanc Cate and “Look Up!” at Pembroke and Edmunds

IRW is pleased to partner up with Annette Leblanc Cate for school visit programs – all about birds! – at Pembroke Elementary and Edmunds Consolidated School this spring. Annette is an experienced illustrator and artist who was inspired to write a field guide for birds for kids, Look Up! Bird Watching in Your Own Backyard, after developing a practice of going outside, writing, and drawing in sketchbooks. Annette will provide insight into how books are made, show that books come from an artist or writer’s personal experiences, and talk about how an artist sees the world through their own lens and finds a way to translate those experiences into pictures and stories to share with others. Annette will also emphasize how the practice of drawing from life leads to finding one’s own style and voice, and also helps to expand perspectives.

Monday May 8, 2017 – Tuesday May 9, 2017 – Poet Guy Paul Janeczko at Whiting and Machiasport

Poetry is not dead – and Paul Janeczko is the man to show you why! Paul is a respected author and poem anthologist, and has over 50 books to his name. In an all-school presentation at each school, Paul will dive into the fun and rewarding world of poetry, and provide examples of different types of poems for students to model and use as a launchpad for experimental writing. He will also visit classrooms to lead writing workshops, where students will be able to flex their poetic muscles while responding to writing prompts, and share their work with Paul and their peers.

Tuesday May 9, 2017 – – Cynthia Lord at Islesboro

Veteran IRW author partner Cynthia Lord will ferry over to Islesboro and visit with students in Grades K – 5 to talk with them about being an author and the writing process, view the projects they’ve created in preparation for her visit, and answer their thoughtful questions. Before her visit, students will deeply read one of Cynthia’s books: Hot Rod Hamster, Shelter Pet Squad, or Touch Blue (determined by grade level).

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – Friday May 12, 2017 – Jacqueline Briggs Martin at Lubec, Milbridge, and Charlotte

IRW is bringing Jacqueline Briggs Martin and her book, Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious, to visit students in Grades K-3 at Milbridge Elementary School, Lubec Consolidated School, and Charlotte Elementary School. The book tells the story of Alice Waters and her determination to ensure food security for children and families in her community in California.

For children in Grades 4-6 at all three schools, Ms. Martin’s presentation will center on the biography, Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table. This book explores innovative ways to create gardens anywhere, if there is a commitment and desire to make good food available to people and communities wherever needed.

This visit is part of Food for Thought, a book-based IRW program about food. We hope to engage students and their families from the surrounding communities around the topics of sustainable agriculture, healthy growing and eating of food, the importance of respecting food cultures, and the power of community.