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The “Write” Stuff
  • Date: Saturday, June 02, 2018
  • Time: 11:00 am
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

Bring the family and aspiring young authors for an exciting day celebrating writing and research!

Celebrate your love of reading, writing, and illustration by joining us at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, June 2 for the “Write” Stuff.  Engage with award winning authors and illustrators as they discuss their research and writing/drawing processes.

It’s all FREE! Come by and share in all or part of the day.  Can’t make it in person? Join us online in the morning to watch the author conversations.

This year we are excited to be joined by award winning authors and author/illustrator: Gennifer Choldenko, Christopher Paul Curtis, Jim Murphy, and Brian Floca.

Upper elementary students through adults are invited to listen in to the Author Conversations session with a Q&A time in the McGowan Theater from 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM. Listen to how the authors use research to make their writing come alive, then have your questions ready for the amazing panel!

The DC Public Library will launch the afternoon activities with a story time suitable for all ages at 1:30 PM in the Boeing Learning Center. A DCPL librarian will also have hands-on activities, help you register for a library card, and other fun surprises all afternoon.

The fun continues in the Boeing Learning Center with Author/Illustrator spotlights where authors reveal the importance of integrating research into their work.  You will also have the opportunity to engage with the authors through hands-on activities designed for you to explore their creative methods and perhaps some of your own.

All authors will be available for book signings throughout the afternoon and a selection of books by our guest authors will be available for sale.

Mark your calendar for this exceptional opportunity!  We will see you there.

What’s Happening?

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM in the McGowan Theater and YouTube

  • -Author Conversation with Question and Answers

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30 – 4:00 PM in the Boeing Learning Center

  • – Meet one-on-one with award winning authors
  • – Discover how research can impact stories
  • – Enjoy Hands-on activities for all ages
  • – Explore the authors’ works and get your copy signed
  • – Engage DC Public Library and National Archives staff
  • – Participate in an author spotlight session

Featured Authors:

Two-time Newbery Honor Book and Sibert Award winner Jim Murphy is the author of more than 30 books about American history. His work has received many awards including: 2010 Margaret A. Edwards Award, 2 ALA Newbery Honor Book Awards, ALA Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, ALA Robert F. Sibert Honor Book Award, National Book Award Finalist Medal, 3 NCTE Orbis Pictus Awards, 3 Jefferson Cup Awards, 2 SCBWI’s Golden Kite Award, The Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for Distinguished Nonfiction, and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.  His titles also appear on innumerable Best Book lists from organizations and journals like the American Library Association, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, and Booklist.

Jim lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, in a hundred-year-old house with his wife Alison Blank, a children’s TV producer and children’s book author and editor, his two talented musician sons, a regal mutt, an African water frog that will live forever, and a vast collection of books.

Gennifer Choldenko is best known for her Tales from Alcatraz series, which has sold more than 2 million copies. Book #1: Al Capone Does My Shirts was a Newbery Honor Book and the recipient of twenty other awards. Book #4: Al Capone Throws Me a Curve is due out in 2018. BookPage said of her most recent novel, Chasing Secrets: “Choldenko’s ability to research obscure yet intriguing topics is uncanny, and as she did with the popular Al Capone trilogy she turns a tough topic into a high interest read … a compelling work of historical fiction.” Gennifer lives with her loyal husband and naughty dog in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Christopher Paul Curtis is the author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963, one of the most highly acclaimed first novels for young readers in recent years. It was singled out for many awards, among them a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor, and has been a bestseller in hardcover and paperback. Christopher grew up in Flint, Michigan. After high school he began working on the assembly line at the Fisher Body Flint Plant No. 1 while attending the Flint branch of the University of Michigan. He is now a full-time writer. He lives with his family in Detroit.

Brian Floca was born and raised in Temple, Texas. He graduated from Brown University, where he doubled majored in history and studio. Brian now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author/illustrator and illustrator of Locomotive, winner of the 2014 Caldecott Medal, Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, and Lightship, and is the illustrator of many other books, including Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring. In addition to the Caldecott Medal, Brian’s books have received numerous other accolades, including four Robert F. Sibert Honor awards for distinguished informational books. You can visit Brian online at brianfloca.com.


Author Discussion Moderator:

Zachary Clark serves as the Executive Director of 826DC, which offers writing education and publication opportunities to 3,000 students annually across the District of Columbia. Zachary has worked in the youth development, education, and arts sectors throughout the U.S. Prior to joining 826DC, he served as the Director of Early Learning at Sitar Arts Center and led youth-oriented programming in collaboration with DC-based organizations including Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project. His research through Project Zero focuses on the intersection of youth’s creative productions and digital media, and has been published in Creativity Research Journal. Zachary holds an Ed.M. from the Harvard School of Education, a B.A. in American Literature and Visual Arts from Brown University, and certification in nonprofit management from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Zachary is a poor but diligent runner, renowned doughnut enthusiast, and forever aspiring limericist.