Posts Categorized: School and Community Reading and Writing Programs

  • An Open Book Foundation, Washington, D.C.

     An Open Book Foundation  I had the extraordinary experience of working with Ms. Punwani’s 8th grade classes at Hardy Middle School in Washington, D.C.   Here’s the story!

  • Finding the Dove – Writing Workshops

    “Finding the Dove: Writing with English Language Learners” is a workshop I present for teachers of English language learners and for students themselves.   The workshop offers  poems, stories, novels, and works of nonfiction to inspire students to write themselves, see the importance of their own stories, and experience their telling and writing muscles. This is…


  • Readers Write Viola’s Next Chapter

    Heather Flanders, ELL Specialist at Gorham High School in Maine sent me two stories.  She wrote, “I hope you are as moved as I was,” and I was. The stories were written by her students Amna and Megan, their own visions of the next chapter in my novel The Good Braider.   Amna is from…


  • “Children of War”

    I’m shaping  a new program I offer in schools and communities. Through documentary photos, oral history of refugees, reports of on-the-scene war correspondents, and readings from The Good Braider,  I takes listeners on the journey of children and their families out of war in South Sudan. The program is called  ”Children of War”  & captures the larger…