The launch party

Hi everyone,
David and Laurie
Writing partner Laurie Edmondson and I enjoyed the launch party on Thursday of our new kit, LET’S WRITE THIS WEEK WITH DAVID HARRISON. Here are a few pics from the party. Lots of people came so we had plenty of opportunities to show off the new DVDs, teacher guide, student writing journal, and three trade books used as examples for some of the lessons. We go national on the 19th at IRA in San Antonio but I bet it won’t be any more fun than we had at Drury on Thursday.
Kit on display 2Digging in
I’m grateful to Drury University, especially President Todd Parnell and former Director of the School of Education and Child Development Chris Craig for their encouragement and support throughout the project. The university provided the studio and financed the production of the DVDs and Brian Shipman used his considerable talents to produce and direct them.
David giving brief remarksExplaining the kit to a teacher
This is a project I began as Drury’s Poet Laureate and I’m pleased to say that it reflects a true collaboration involving the university, co-author and interim Director of the School of Education and Child Development Laurie Edmondson, and me. There’s even an online graduate course offered to those who wish to take LET’S WRITE for credit. One teacher has already written about LET’S WRITE as part of her master’s program.

Many others gave valuable assistance along the way, particularly technology expert Damon Hargraves who developed the prototype for the DVD format we eventually selected.
David and Charles Taylor
Now comes the hard part: getting out the word to elementary schools across the country that we have a unique teaching tool to help students develop their writing skills. We’re ready when everyone else is! Here’s the contact information for anyone who wants to learn more and/or place an order.

Stourbridge Distributors
812 Court Street
Honesdale, PA 18431
http://www.stourbridgedist.com

David

6 comments on “The launch party

  1. It was a lovely party! I can’t wait until I see how teachers and students are using the books! I know they will love the DVD lessons! It will be like David visits their classroom 20 times! How fabulous!

    • Laurie, the party was wonderful. The teachers I talked to were impressed by your follow-up classroom lessons, five-day activities, the home connections, and the writing journals for students. They liked the fact that each section in the guide book is completed in only four pages so it’s easy to follow and apply. Fingers crossed!

      David

  2. I hope I get a chance to see this in San Antonio. It looks great!! I would be willing to try it out in a classroom with a friend’s third graders where I volunteer to do poetry teaching. Congratulations. I am thinking very positive in that this will get some great attention!!

    • Good morning, Janet. I’ll be at the Phoenix Learning Resources/Stourbridge booth (#1514 I think) from 11:30 – 12:30 on Saturday and from 9:00 – 10:00 on Sunday. Maybe you can come by while I’m there. If you like what you see, I hope you’ll tell others! David

  3. Congratulations, David! Looks like a great event! I riffed off your “I Made a Mistake” poem activity at a recent weeklong school visit I did, btw, and the kids and I had a complete blast with it!

    • Hi Laura! Thanks for letting me know. I’m glad that you had a great school visit. Working with kids can really get me going again. I probably ought to do that more often. David

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