Parnassus Books is thrilled to partner with Project LIT Community and Lipscomb University to present a special event with Newbery Medal author Kwame Alexander at Lipscomb University. Alexander will share and sign his new book, The Write Thing: Kwame Alexander Engages Students in Writing Workshops (And You Can Too!). Read on for important event information and guidelines, as well as more information about Kwame and his latest book!
Event Information and Guidelines
This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome! The event will begin with a literacy panel at 5:30pm. Kwame will speak and take audience questions beginning at 6pm. A book signing will follow.
The event will take place in Lipscomb University's Ezell Center, in room 301. Please click here for a Lipscomb campus map that includes directions and parking information.
In order to bring books from home to be signed by Kwame Alexander, you must purchase a copy of The Write Thing from Parnassus at the event. A selection of Kwame's other books will also be available for purchase.
More about The Write Thing: Kwame Alexander Engages Students in Writing Workshops (And You Can Too!)
Imagine having a Newbery Medal-winning author in your classroom as a coach, an advisor, and a friend, giving you personal and practical advice on how to teach writing workshop in the 21st century classroom. With The Write Thing, you can do just that! Kwame Alexander is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Crossover. With more than 10 years of experience conducting writing workshops in schools, Alexander shows how to shake up the "traditional" writing workshop and make writing fun again! His magnetic personality, contagious enthusiasm, and pure love of teaching come through to affect-and infect!-all students. Even the most reluctant writers will be motivated to write and encouraged to share their voices with others!
Part how-to and part inspiration, The Write Thing teaches you in step-by-step specificity how to move students from ideas, to drafts, to finished products, to published works. Not only will you successfully motivate your students to write, you'll take that motivation one step further by providing guidance on how to create student-driven publications of their work. When students write for a real purpose, the confidence they achieve when they see their writing legitimately published will be off the charts!
The book has three parts: Writing, Publishing, and Presenting Writing features Lessons in Action that teach students to produce writing that is worthy of being published. With a focus on poetry, Alexander's writing workshop uniquely meets the needs of reluctant writers. Publishing focuses on how to prepare and print digital and physical copies of students' work. Presenting offers suggestions to help students confidently present their poetry and other written pieces.
With an insightful foreword by author Kylene Beers, other exciting features include KwameTime! videos for both teachers and students that bring Alexander into the classroom. Kwame's QuickTips feature easy-to-implement ideas that have worked for Alexander, and Solo Acts include success stories from teachers who have used his proven techniques. With a Balanced Literacy approach, The Write Thing is an indispensable resource that invigorates the writing workshop not just for students, but for teachers as well.
More about Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander is the New York Times bestselling author of 25 books, including Rebound, the highly anticipated prequel to the 2015 Newbery Medal-winning The Crossover. The recipient of the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award, Kwame lives with his family in Virginia.