Saturday, November 16, 2019
9am to 12pm at Scarsdale Middle School
Scarsdale third, fourth, and fifth graders are invited to this exciting event to meet award-winning authors, sports writers, journalists, bloggers, illustrators and more. Students will experience real-life writing activities in a small group setting, as well as gain a better understanding of a day in the life of a writer. Through hands-on workshops, we hope to create an inspirational day for all children in attendance.
Keynote Address: Jerry Craft, author of New Kid
“New Kid” by Jerry Craft is, “an engrossing, humorous, and vitally important graphic novel that should be required reading in every middle school in America.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Join award-winning syndicated cartoonist Jerry Craft as he shares his experiences as a professional cartoonist, illustrator and author of the breakout graphic novel “New Kid.” Drawing on his vast professional experience, Jerry will discuss finding your passion and making a career of it, taking creative risks, learning from your mistakes, finding your creative voice, choosing supportive friends and being a good friend to others. All the while, Jerry will discuss and draw some of his favorite characters from his many books and comic strips!
Jerry Craft is an author and illustrator. New Kid is his middle grade graphic novel that has earned five starred reviews, including one from Booklist magazine, which called it “possibly one of the most important graphic novels of the year.” Kirkus Reviews called it “an engrossing, humorous, and vitally important graphic novel that should be required reading in every middle school in America.”
He is the creator of Mama’s Boyz, a comic strip that was distributed by King Features Syndicate from 1995-2013, and won five African American Literary Awards. Jerry is a co-founder of the Schomburg’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival. He was born in Harlem and grew up in nearby Washington Heights. He is a graduate of The Fieldston School and received his B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts.
To learn more, visit his website: www.jerrycraft.com.
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