Workshop Descriptions

It's Storytelling, Not Rocket Science!

Sessions 1 & 2: Grades K-6

Carmen Agra Deedy believes everyone can learn to tell a story! Attendees are invited to participate in a hands-on storytelling mini-workshop with this celebrated children's author whose goal will be, "To de-mystify this most human of arts––and have a heap of fun while we're at it. It's storytelling, not rocket science." Deedy will share a few basic skills and techniques in this hands-on class that promises to be lively as well as instructive. Deedy believes storytelling is a natural pedagogical tool and an essential element in every great teacher's tool box!

Carmen Deedy

Carmen Agra Deedy is the author of eleven books for children, including The Library Dragon, The Cheshire Cheese Cat, Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, and 14 Cows for America, a New York Times Best-seller. Her personal stories first appeared on NPR's All Things Considered; funny, insightful, and frequently irreverent, Deedy's narratives are culled from her childhood as a Cuban refugee in the all-but-sleepy Southern town of Decatur, Georgia. She is also host of the four time Emmy-winning children's program, Love That Book!

An award-winning author and storyteller, Ms. Deedy is also an accomplished lecturer, having been a guest speaker for both the TED and TEDx Conferences, the Library of Congress, Columbia University, The National Book Festival, Kennedy Center, among other distinguished venues. In the fall of 2016, she opened the Art of the Book Lecture Series, for the Smithsonian Libraries, and was a keynote speaker at the Association of International Baccalaureate Schools of Costa Rica Conference.

A new picture book, The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! (Scholastic Press) was released earlier this year and Carmen is working on a trio of new books to be published in 2018 and 2019.