In May, acclaimed children's author Chris Van Dusen (Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee) spent two days at Coffin Elementary. He visited every class and talked with students about how he writes and illustrates his stories.
After all fourth graders and many fifth graders read Maine Student Book Award selection Maxi’s Secret, author Lynn Plourde visited HBS. She presented to all HBS students and then discussed the book and her writing process in more depth with the fourth-grade classes.
In June, Ben Bishop, comic and graphic novel author/illustrator visited with BJHS Language Arts students. In his talk, he emphasized the role that hard work and honing his craft has played in his success.
6th grade Language Arts students at BJHS spent two days working with writing educators from the Telling Room on narrative storytelling techniques.
The visit culminated with students sharing their own original stories with an audience of teachers and students.
"Several rather 'quiet' students came alive for the performance! It was amazing how The Telling Room gave them the confidence to find their narrative voice! Bravo!" ~ BJHS 6th Grade Language Arts teacher Carrie Sullivan