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Writers Who Read at TMS

Allison F. Borchers, Principal

June 1, 2017
On Wednesday May 18, Thurston's 7th graders immersed themselves in the world of writers and writing during the first ever TMS "Writers Who Read" Conference.  Students heard from keynote Ethan Gilsdorf--a Dungeon's and Dragons fan turned real-life explorer and author--during a morning  presentation.  Then, they headed to small-group workshops presented by a diverse and impressive group of writers:   newspaper reporters and poets, fashion bloggers and sports writers.  Finally, they wrapped up the day by working on their own writing and giving us some feedback about their conference experiences.  


One goal of the "Writers Who Read" event was to emphasize the strong connection between reading and writing.  In his keynote address, Mr. Gilsdorf highlighted books from his childhood and adolescence, books like Frog and Toad are Friends and A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, that fired his imagination and prepared him for a life of adventure and authorship.   


By all accounts the day was remarkably successful. Feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive, and the English language arts department has already started talking about how to make the event an annual one.  Special thanks to the Foundation for Westwood Education and the Thurston PTO for supporting this opportunity!

 

Allison F. Borchers, Principal

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