On February 18th-19th, 2017, the American International School Chennai (AISC) is hosting two fun-filled, exciting days of writing at our International School Writers' Conference! This conference is designed for middle school students grades 6-8.
This conference is designed to be a great experience for students and teachers. Students will improve their writing, work with authors and make new friends. Teachers will also work with authors and work with student writers.
We have three amazing authors coming to AISC who will engage students in different engaging and enriching activities to improve their writing. You can choose from one of three different specialties to work on over the two days.
Graphic Novels and Illustration
Matt Holm, co-author of Squish and Babymouse, will be our Keynote Speaker. He will be running exciting workshops for students on the art and writing of graphic novels. With over 30 books, he is a prolific author and illustrator. Check him out at: http://www.matthewholm.net.
Ken Derby, has written several books and is also an international school teacher. He comes to us as our novelist specialist. Having entertained student audiences on numerous international school author visits, he knows how to get kids hooked on writing. For more information, please visit http://www.kenderby.com.
Jeeva Raghunath, is a master storyteller. She leads various workshops on voice, drama, and storytelling, and has trained over 25,000 students and adults. She performs internationally at storytelling festivals and produces stories in both English and Tamil. Find out more about Jeeva by visiting: http://www.jeevaraghunath.com.
We are offering all three specialties, but please remember that space is limited. Each school will be allowed to bring up to fifteen students, but must have an equal number of students for each of the specialty areas (Ex. If you bring nine students, then three can be in graphic novels, three in novels, and three in spoken word/storytelling).
In addition to working in the specialties, students will also have a menu of mini-courses to choose from, such as working with voice, developing strong characters, and creating a storyline. These workshops will be presented by teachers and other educational staff. If you are interested in offering a mini-course, please sign up here.
AISC will provide and coordinate homestays for students and two chaperones. Everyone will be provide breakfast, lunch and dinner. Transportation to and from school will be provided.
The entry fee is $100 per student. Chaperones are free.
- chaperones are required to be on campus at all times during the conference,
- chaperones are allowed to attend mini-course workshops with their students,
- offering a mini-course is encouraged.