2012 Children's Writer-in-Residence: Donna Gephart
Our 2012 Children’s Writer-in-Residence, Donna Gephart, is here! She is residing in the slightly haunted third floor apartment at Thurber House through July 21. During her stay she will teach activities at our summer writing camp and other various locations. Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to meet her. Below are events that are open to the public. The library visits are for students entering 4th-6th grade only, however, she will also be doing a reading and book signing at the McConnell Arts Center that is open to everyone! So bring your family, neighbor, and fellow writers to meet her. We will be selling all three of her books in the Thurber Country Bookstore during her stay here. For more information or to read her hilarious blog, visit her website at www.donnagephart.com. She can’t wait to meet everyone, except the ghost.
Don’t miss these opportunities to meet Donna:
Tuesday, July 10: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Donna will lead a writing activity at Old Worthington Library (free; open to students entering 4th-6th grade; please register by calling 614-807-2626)
Tuesday, July 10: 2-3 p.m.: Donna will lead a writing activity at Northwest Worthington Library (free; open to students entering 4th-6th grade; please register by calling 614-807-2626)
Thursday, July 12: 6-8 p.m.: Donna will have a reading and book signing at the McConnell Arts Center (free; open to all ages; for more information, visit their website: http://www.mcconnellarts.org/wp/archives/9188)
Wednesday, July 19: 2-3 p.m. Donna will lead a writing activity at Northside Branch Library (free; open to students entering 4th-6th grade)
More information about Donna:
Thurber House is pleased to announce that Donna Gephart is the 2012 Children’s Writer-in-Residence. Gephart’s third highly acclaimed middle grade book, Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen, is a humorous novel about a girl determined to get on the TV show, Jeopardy, and has just been published to rave reviews.
Gephart received the Sid Fleischman Humor Award for her first children’s book, As If Being 12 3/4 Isn’t Bad Enough, My Mother is Running for President. Her second book, How to Survive Middle School, was both a popular and critical success. Her work has also appeared in many magazines including Parents, Highlights for Children, and Scholastic’s Storyworks.
Donna has written stories and essays that have appeared in a number of publications including Highlights for Children, Parents Magazine, Family Circle, Scholastic’s Storyworks Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times Kids’ Page. She is a frequent speaker at schools, conferences and book festivals across the country sharing her passion for creative writing with all ages.
This summer, she will take up residence in the cozy third floor apartment at Thurber House (where the bed once fell on James’ father) from June 23 to July 21. While at Thurber House, she will share her writing expertise with students attending the Thurber House Summer Writing Camp and make other local appearances.
(Photo courtesy of http://donnagephart.blogspot.com/.)