Frederick, MD USA
SCHOOL VISITS: 4 - 8
Edie Hemingway, a former teacher herself and current MFA faculty member, particularly enjoys visiting schools to talk about her experiences as an author, the research and writing processes, or to give hands-on creative writing workshops. Choose your own topic or one from below:
• "Breathing Life Into Your Story: It's all in the details!"
• "Turning Truth to Fiction"
• "Using Emotion to Connect with Your Readers"
• "The Role of the Drummer Boy in the Civil War"
• "Building a Historical World"
Year(s) of participation: 2013
A4ED school visit photos & blurbs:
Yellow Springs Elementary School in Frederick, Maryland
EDIE CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AT YELLOW SPRINGS
I celebrated Earth Day 2013 during my recent four days as Author-in-Residence with the 5th graders at Yellow Springs Elementary School in Frederick, Maryland. On day two, the writing exercise focused on making an emotional connection with a place and using specific sensory details to describe a place that is close to their hearts. In conjunction with that exercise, the 5th graders voted to have me send my $500 donation on their behalf to The Assateague Coastal Trust, located in the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) coastal area—a fragile, constantly changing ecosystem. Assateague Island, part of that coastal area, is also home to the famous wild ponies immortalized in Marguerite Henry's Misty of Chincoteague. It was very successful, and the students loved having a role in choosing where I should send my donation.