Vassar College and the Hudson Valley Writing Project partner to offer a lecture and workshop with author Ralph Fletcher, April 18, 2015

Author and writing educator Ralph Fletcher will give a talk, “Making Nonfiction from Scratch: How Can We Give Students the Time, the Tools, and the Vision They Need in Order to Create Authentic Information Writing?” on Saturday, April 18, in the Nora Ann Wallace ’73 Auditorium in Blodgett Hall.

Fletcher frequently works with young writers in schools, and speaks at education conferences in the U.S. and abroad, helping teachers find wiser ways of teaching writing.  He has written numerous children’s books, including Twilight Comes Twice, Fig Pudding, and Spider Boy, as well as a memoir, Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid. He has also written books for writing teachers, including Mentor Author, Mentor Texts, and Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide (with Joann Portalupi).

Fletcher’s talk will be followed by breakout sessions for further discussion facilitated by the Hudson Valley Writing Project. Both events are free and open to the public, but registration is required for the breakout sessions. The day begins at 8:00am with a book signing and Fletcher’s talk at 9:10am, followed by the breakout sessions starting at 11:00am.

These events are funded by the Education Department’s Louise Seaman Bechtel ’15 Grant and the Hudson Valley Writing Project.

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, March 19, 2015