Write to Read Day, an event where many authors, artists, performers and such come is a special day for our school. Authors, performers, artists and such come to our school to show students about their work and There will first be a a conference where the students will watch a performance and listen to the keynote speaker. This year, Clay McLeod Chapman is our keynote speaker, who wrote Tribe: Homeroom Headhunters. Some have hands-on activities for the students and special performances.
Clay McLeod Chapman is author of the Tribe series, and has published comics, short stories, screenplays and such. Many of his work has been adapted to live action short films and is now taking part of writing episodes of an upcoming Netflix show. He’ll have a creative writing workshop where he will talk to students about how it’s like being an author.
One of the many authors coming to our school is Celia C. Perez. Celia is the author of the book “First Rule of Punk” the book is about a girl whose parent have split up, She lives with her mother who is Mexica. Although she lives with her mom, she is more connected with her father, who is into punk. Due to that, she wants to be able to express herselfand show her interests; punk rock. In her workshop, you’ll be able to learn the art of zines, as well as make your own
La Bruja is a poet, playwright, singer and a songwriter. She will be performing for the conference and have her own workshop. In total, La Bruja has released two music albums, written for plays, television and more. Based on that, she is a multi-talented artist and for her workshop, students will be able to write poetry. She makes different poems that is about the real world and how she sees it.
Center for the Book Arts will have their bookmaking workshop, where students will be able to make their own books. It has a facility in Manhattan, where it contains book art, printmaking studios and such. Students will be able to sew their own books and take it home.
Joe Therrien is a professional puppeteer who uses his puppets to express political opinions. Along with that, he is a musician and this will behis fifth time coming to Write to Read Day. He has created giant puppets, stick puppets and has taken part of puppet shows. Students will be able to learn about puppets and eventually, make their own sock puppet.
The last hands on activities is our Nintendo Labo workshop, which will be released on April 20th. Students will be able to make their own DIY cardboard projects that can be brought to life using the Nintendo Switch. Technology strategist, Dion Bailey and computer programmer, Erin Sparling will join us to learn about the product.