AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS NIGHT

Friday, February 25th, 2022 @ 7 pm via Zoom

Authors and Illustrators Night gives Lowell students the opportunity to attend workshops with successful authors and illustrators in order to learn more about the process of writing and illustrating books. Like last year, this year's event will be virtual. The hour-long workshops are tailored to students in each grade level and are limited in size so students get to interact and learn from our guests.

 

The first 15 students to sign-up for each workshop will receive a FREE BOOK! Register using the link below. 

 

We have another great line-up this year of writers and illustrators eager to inspire our Lowell Sea Stars.

WORKSHOP #1 – GRADES K-2 ILLUSTRATION with Joe Cepeda

 

Born and raised in East Los Angeles, a proud Angeleno, Joe’s serpentine road through college began studying engineering at Cornell and finished with a BFA in Illustration from Long Beach State. Only months from leaving school, Joe took his wares to New York and secured a book contract after his first meeting with a publisher. He’s been illustrating books ever since. Joe is the award-winning illustrator of more than thirty books for children while continuing to create images for magazines and other publications, as well as keeping an eager eye to the ever-changing landscape of illustration.

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WORKSHOP #2 – GRADES K-2 WRITING with Seth Fishman

 

Seth Fishman is a native of Midland, Texas (think Friday Night Lights), and a graduate of Princeton University and the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. He spends his days as a literary agent at The Gernert Company and his nights (and mornings) writing. He lives in LA with his wife and son.

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WORKSHOP #3 – GRADES 2-3 WRITING with Ty Allen Jackson

 

Ty is an award-winning children’s book author, literacy advocate, captivating motivational speaker, and honorary Doctorate recipient. In 2011 he founded Big Head Books, LLC, a literacy organization that aims to introduce children to the joys of reading. Ty travels around the country inspiring children and educating adults about the impacts of illiteracy.  A three-time TedX presenter, Ty believes that literacy is the foundation for a successful life and promotes it with humor and enthusiasm. Ty’s work as an author and literacy advocate earned him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from MCLA, the Massachusetts inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Content of Character Award, and citations from the Massachusetts Governor, Senator, and the House of Representatives. Ty’s books have been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, The Steve Harvey Show, PBS and countless other media outlets. In 2012, Ty’s books were gifted to former First Lady Michelle Obama by his hometown mayor. He is the co-founder of the Read or Else movement and Danny Dollar Academy.

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WORKSHOP #4 – GRADES 2-3 ILLUSTRATION with Brady Smith

 

Brady Smith grew up in Houston, Texas, and attended college at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He has his own illustration and design company, Brady Smith Creative, and has worked as an actor on shows like Parks and Recreation and Alexa & Katie. Brady has also sold feature scripts, a television pilot, and a children’s book, which he has co-authored with his wife, actress Tiffani Thiessen. He currently resides in Los Angeles, with his wife, their two children, three pooches, eight chickens, and one fish.

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WORKSHOP #5 – GRADES 4-5 WRITING with Stuart Gibbs

 

I’m the author of five bestselling middle grade series: Spy School, FunJungle, Charlie Thorne, Moon Base Alpha and The Last Musketeer. I also write for TV and film. Before all that, I studied capybaras, the world’s largest rodents.

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WORKSHOP #6 - GRADES 4-5 ILLUSTRATION with David Fremont

 

When I was a kid I loved reading comics, especially Peanuts. I also loved watching cartoons on tv like Underdog, Bugs Bunny and Popeye. I usually had a drawing pad in my lap, and I liked to make up my own comics, which usually had some kind of monster in them, or robots. I always wondered if I could get a job drawing comic strips or making cool cartoons like what I saw on tv. When I got older I moved to San Francisco and got a job at Colossal Pictures as an animation production artist. I eventually became a Character Designer and got to work on fun projects like creating characters for the Disney Channel called Zoogs. I later moved to LA and created a pilot for Nickelodeon and a kid's web series for Peacock Kids (DreamWorks TV) called Public Pool that has since garnered 2 million views. One day at the beach I got the idea for Catch the Munchies! I saw a young boy eating a Happy Meal and wondered what would happen if he tossed a fry into the ocean and a sea monster swallowed it. The story just sort of rolled out from there. Pixel + Ink loved my book pitch and said they not only wanted to publish it but also turn it into a Carlton Crumple Creature Catcher book series! Zinga! Wahinga! Onion Ringa! I am now super grateful to be living my other dream of making funny comic stories for kids. I hope my books inspire kids to read more, write and create their own comics and stories. 

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