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Athenæum Authors Series: Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Free and open to the public

Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories

Jack Gantos

The Newbery Award–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt shares advice for how to be the best brilliant writer. With the signature wit and humor that have garnered him legions of fans, Jack Gantos instructs young writers to use their “writing radar” to unearth story ideas from their everyday lives. Incorporating his own misadventures as a developing writer, Gantos shows readers how to build confidence and establish good writing habits as they create, revise, and perfect their stories. Writing Radar is a celebration of the power of storytelling and an ode to the characters who―many unwittingly―inspired Gantos's own writing career.

Jack Gantos was a professor at Emerson College, where he developed the master’s degree program in Children’s Literature, Writing and Publishing. He now spends his time writing and speaking at book and literacy conferences, schools, and libraries. His works have received the Newbery Award, Scott O’Dell Award, Newbery Honor, Printz Honor, Sibert Honor, and National Book Award Finalist Honor. He is the 2010 recipient of the NCTE/ALAN AWARD for his contribution to the field of Young Adult and Children’s Literature. Gantos’ most recent novel is Dead End In Norvelt, which received both the 2012 John Newbery Award and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction.

This event is the first in a three-part series that features Athenæum Authors and their work. Join us on September 14 to hear William Kuhn discuss his most recent novel, Prince Harry Boy to Man, and again on January 11 to hear Cullen Murphy speak about his newest book on the history of a community of cartoonists and illustrators from the Connecticut School, Cartoon County. Look for our Athenæum Authors feature on Cullen Murphy in December.

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