Lesley University presents visiting writers, faculty readings, and special Picture Book Project Seminars during the MFA in Creative Writing Winter Residency, January 3 to 11, 2014.
Friday, December 20, 2013
“Liar & Spy,” Stead’s third novel written for children, is an inspired, often-funny story about self-appointed children spies and their goofy brilliance and courage. It was an instant New York Times bestseller and won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award. Her visit complements Lesley’s Writing for Young People MFA concentration, in which award-winning faculty guide students in mastering the unique picture book, middle-grade and young adult genres.
Stead's reading is part of Lesley University's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program’s Winter Residency Readings from January 3 to 11, which will also welcome visiting poet and essayist Sarah Gorham and visiting poet, playwright and essayist Jeffrey Skinner on Monday, January 6 at 6:30 p.m.
The readings are free and open to the public. For a full schedule of events, read more here.
Rebecca Stead has written three novels for children. Her book, “When You Reach Me,” was awarded the Newbery Medal and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Fiction; and her novel “First Light” was a Junior Library Guild Selection and a NYPL Best Book for Teens. She lives in New York City with her family.
Sarah Gorham, founder of Sarabande Books, Inc., won the 2013 Association of Writers & Writing Program (AWP) Award in Creative Nonfiction for her collection of essays, “Study in Perfect,” which will appear in 2014 from the University of Georgia Press. Jeffrey Skinner’s book, “The 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets,” was published to wide attention and acclaim, and his most recent collection of poems, “Glaciology,” won the 2012 Crab Orchard Open Poetry Competition.
As part of winter residency, children's authors and Lesley faculty members Jacqueline Davies and Pat Lowery Collins will be offering two intensive seminars that consider the relationship of words and images in the picture book on Sunday, January 5:
These seminars are free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Jana Van der Veer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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