Author Ann Parr talks to middle school students about Gordon Parks. She tells them about visiting with Gordon in his New York City apartment.

Author Ann Parr talks to middle school students about Gordon Parks. She tells them about visiting with Gordon in his New York City apartment.

Workshops for all Ages

Students

Want to become a published author? I work with students like you and teachers like yours to make your own published hardbound books. More than 5,000 students now have books from my workshops. Each book shows off its colors and its story, wherever it is. Your book could be a collection of poetry, a research paper, or a social studies topic, such as an ancient civilization. You might write your own fun fiction book, even in a foreign language, if you want.

Teachers

This bookmaking workshop can tie in with your existing lesson plans—a research topic, poetry studies, writing a children’s story in a foreign language, or fiction storytelling. I introduce how to make the books and help with the editing when you are ready. After the books are published, family and friends come to a celebration. Student authors read excerpts from their books. I have done this process with kindergarten students (who make a collaborative book; each student contributes two pages) to high school students who wrote children’s stories in Latin.

Senior Citizens

Any group can write books with me. Even senior citizens. Three groups of World War II veterans have written about their experiences—either in Europe or the Pacific or at home—raising Victory Gardens, saving steel and nylon, or using ration books. Middle or high school students met with the writers and inputted the stories on computers, scanned their photographs, and prepared the books for publication. Families love them. Some are sold to school and public libraries. Some to heritage museums, gift shops, and bookstores. Students and older people working together is the secret ingredient. Students learn about World War II. Veterans develop a keen appreciation for the young people. The projects are funded by local arts councils, grants, corporate sponsors, civic clubs, and individual contributors.