Beyond Storytime: A Colab Series

June 01, 2020
By Educator Innovator

What is possible when children’s book authors, illustrators, and elementary educators collaborate together?

In April 2020, with schools closed for shelter-in-place, NWP Writers Council members, teachers, and children’s book authors and illustrators came together to rethink the stand-alone storytime and the traditional “author visit.” During this initial conversation, ideas surfaced around the ways that teachers and authors/illustrators might collaborate given the historic moment of a global pandemic.

Duration: 37:13, accompanying slideshow includes details about the teachers, authors, and illustrators.

To further develop these ideas, Writing Project teachers and interested authors and illustrators are getting set to launch a series of webinars this summer called Beyond Storytime: A Colab Series. Each month we will dig into one of the ideas surfaced and spend some time co-designing and developing together.

These co-design opportunities will be livestreamed with an online chat and posted as archived discussions with related hashtags to gather input and ideas from others.

The schedule in-progress includes:

  • #1, July 9, 2020, 1:00 p.m. PT/4:00 p.m. ET: Sharing authors’ craft and works-in-progress with young writers with Katie McKay and K-Fai Steele
  • #2: Designing for the world’s most awesome authors visits, on and offline with Sandra Hogue and K-Fai Steele
  • #3: Supporting youth writers to write about Coronavirus; History-in-the making with Claudia Logan and Sandra Hogue