Thinking California

Hi everyone,

I don’t go to Asilomar until next October but already I have deadlines to meet. Yesterday and today I’ve been working on titles and descriptions, which is always hard for me when I haven’t yet pulled together my notes for what I’ll do and say.
David at David Harrison Day
One of my duties will be to conduct a poetry workshop over three days. Attendees will mostly be teachers, grades 4-8, and they will also be involved in other activities. I’ll see them for a total of 6 1/2 hours so I need to think through what I can hope to accomplish in that time frame. My working title is “Teaching Core Subjects with Poetry.”

I’ll also give a talk on Saturday night for K-college so I need title and description for that too. I’m making progress but not there quite yet. This year’s theme is “Excellence Through Equity: From a Powerful Vision to Everyday Reality.” The keynote speaker will be Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA.

If you live out that way or know someone who does and might be interested in learning more about the conference, here’s a link to the one this year: Next year’s isn’t up yet but some dynamite speakers are on tap.

Asilomar conference next year

Hi everyone,

I’ve accepted an invitation from The Language Arts Conference at Asilomar in California for October, 2017. Here’s a link to this year’s conference. .
I’ll lead a poetry workshop with sessions on Friday through Sunday and give a Saturday evening talk of an hour or so. Thanks to my old and good friend, Ruth Nathan, for extending the invitation. The last time I spoke there, Billy Collins gave readings from his work which, of course, drew a crowd.
Next year’s keynote speaker is Pedro Noguera from NYU, another good draw. .The conference theme is Equity.


Headed to Texas

Hi everyone,

Today I fly to the Texas Library Association Conference in Houston. The TLA is one of the largest conferences in America. Here are the published stats from 2015.

Attendee counts are based on their TLA membership division:
6,327 Attendees
1,304 Exhibitor Reps
7,631 Total Conference Attendance

Attendees represented by TLA Division (member) or type of library (non-member).
517 College and University Libraries
968 Public Libraries
2,806 School Libraries
57 Special Libraries
1179 No Preference
800 Teens
David publicity photo
I love this conference and look forward to participating in Sylvia Vardell’s poetry round-up, which includes Kwame Alexander, David Harrison, K.A. Holt, Irene Latham, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Stephen Swinburne, and Janet Wong.

I’m also one of the poets featured in Sofa Secrets, an event sponsored by Junior Library Guild. Each participant will talk about his/her work, read some poems, divulge a secret, and respond to questions pulled from a bowl. The random questions are not meant to be easy so that’s something to shudder about in advance.

Stop by and see me at either event and/or when I’m signing NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T at the Charlesbridge booth at 1:30 in Booth 1338. All three events take place tomorrow (Wednesday).

It’s happening in Missouri

Hi everyone,

Sometime today the Fall 2015 issue of The Missouri Reader, Vol. 39, Issue 2 comes out, just in time for the Missouri Early Learning Conference. My thanks to the editors — Julie Bryant and Jennifer Fox from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar –for including me as their featured author. I’m told that this should be available later in the day.
David from 417 Magazine
The organizers of this year’s conference at Tan-Tar-A are pleased that nearly 700 people have registered, an all-time high. Today Marc Brown gives the luncheon talk and I do the reception at 4:00. In the morning Tim Rasinski gives the keynote and I do the luncheon plus morning and afternoon presentations. I look forward to seeing friends and meeting new people.

All I have to do is write three talks

Hi everyone,

I’m working on two presentations and a luncheon talk for next month at Tan-Tar-A during the Missouri Early Learning Conference. One presentation is for teachers of PreK-1 kids and the other is for grades 2-3. Each is slated for one hour and fifteen minutes. I’d hate to try holding a 4-year-old’s attention for seventy-five minutes but hopefully I can do better with the teachers. Here are the requested program descriptions that I supplied sometime back. Now all I need to do is write the talks!

Breakout Session #1 Title (PreK-1) 9:30-10:45
Getting Them Ready

Writers don’t become writers until they’re ready. We’ll talk about five important conditions that prepare young people to become writers. There are reasons why poetry makes a good teaching tool for pre- and emerging readers. Poems rely on the cadence, sounds, and rhythms of language, just as children do as they become more aware of and in control of the words they see on paper. Most poems are brief, the lines are short, and they’re humorous. I will demonstrate how you can start with the basic sounds of the English language – long vowels, short vowels, rimes, consonants, consonant blends, and digraphs – and create playful poems with your kids that will reinforce what they are learning and make it more fun. Focus is on PreK-1.

David at David Harrison Day

Author Luncheon Title:
I Practice Writing

My doctor practices medicine. My lawyer practices law. I practice writing. I’ve been practicing for 56 years. Some days I think I’ve learned something from all that practice. Other days I’m not so sure. Let me tell you, so you can tell your students, what it’s like to be a writer, to get up each day and face a blank sheet of paper and not give up. Every story has a story about what set me off on the long journey that turns an idea into a book. I promise you plenty to share with your kids. Please join me. I practice giving talks too.

Breakout Session #2 Title: (Grades 2-3) 2:30-3:45
The More They Write, the More They Write

When writing seems fun, fun writing happens. During this interactive session we identify seven methods that capture young writers’ interest. Speaking from experience, the author demonstrates how each strategy works as he leads attendees through easy exercises they can take straight to the classroom. Good research makes good writing so emphasis is placed on how to get ready to write. Attendees will have time to brainstorm and share successful ideas from their own classrooms. Be prepared to release your inner poet, share read-aloud partner poems, and leave with handouts that summarize the session. Focus is on grades 2-3.