Houghton Writing Festival 2014
April 4, 2014 - April 5, 2014
The Writing Festival, sponsored by the Houghton College Department of English and Writing, will be focused on children's and adolescent literature. Participants include Newbery Honor Award-winning author Gary Schmidt, author Sheila Stewart Nelson, illustrator Johanna van der Sterre, poet John (Jack) Leax, and M.A. children’s literature holder Elizabeth (Betsy) Rutledge.
*For a list of workshops, lectures, Q&A sessions and bios, please see below.
Gary Schmidt is a prolific author of children's literature and young adult fiction. His most recent novel, Trouble, was published in 2008 by Clarion. He has received the John Newberry Honor Awards from the American Library Association, the first in 2005 for his novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and the second in 2008 for his novel Wednesday Wars. Gary received his undergraduate degree in English from Gordon College in 1979. Thereafter he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, receiving an MA in English in 1981 and then a PhD in medieval literature in 1985. He joined the faculty in the Calvin College English department in 1985.
Sheila Stewart Nelson
Sheila Stewart Nelson graduated from Houghton College in 1997 with a degree in creative writing. Since then, she has earned a Master’s Degree in English, worked as a senior editor for a small publisher, and written four dozen educational books for middle school and high school students. She has published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and is currently working on a novel for adults. She grew up on the ocean in northern Newfoundland and now lives with her two children in Carlton, New York.
Johanna van der Sterre
Johanna van der Sterre is a children’s illustrator living in Ithaca, New York. Johanna has loved drawing as long as she can remember. She attended Union College in Schenectady, New York where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Art. Then, she went on to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia for a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration. She has been working as a freelance illustrator for ten years, creating art for Highlights, Cricket and Ladybug Magazines, as well as many educational and trade book publishers. Booklist includes: Mendel’s Accordion, by Heidi Smith Hyde, published by Kar-Ben/Lerner, 2007; The First Christmas Present, by Marilyn Summerer, Concordia Publishing House, 2009; Feivels’ Flying Horses, by Heidi Smith Hyde, published by Kar-Ben/Lerner, 2010; Why Do I have to Make My Bed?, by Wade Bradford, published by Tricycle Press/Random House, 2011.
John (Jack) Leax
John (Jack) Leax was for many years poet-in-residence at Houghton College in Houghton, New York. His poems have been published widely in anthologies and periodicals. His previous collections of poetry include Reaching into Silence (1974), The Task of Adam (1985), Country Labors (1991), Tabloid News (2005), and Recluse Freedom (2012). Remembering Jesus, his newest collection, will be published by Cascade Press next year. During our Festival, he will be reading from and discussing his adolescent novel, Nightwatch (Zondervan, 1989).
Elizabeth (Betsy) Rutledge
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, April 4
10:00-11:15 a.m.: Johanna and Sheila--writing and art workshop
11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.: Gary--speaking in chapel (topic TBA)
12:30-1:30 p.m. Johanna, Sheila, and Gary--brief introductory remarks followed by lunch with interested students and faculty joining us after chapel
1:45-2:45 p.m.: Gary--reading and discussion with junior high students
1:45-3:45 p.m.: Johanna and Sheila -- critique/discussion sessions
4:15-5:30 p.m.: Johanna and Sheila--joint session open to student, faculty, and community members
7:00-7:45 p.m.: Gary--reading and discussion / open to student, faculty, and community members
8:15-9:00 p.m.: Gary, Johanna, and Sheila--reception and book signing / open to student, faculty, and community members
Saturday, April 5
9:45-10:45 a.m.: Johanna, Sheila, and Gary--1/2-hour critique/discussion sessions
9:45-10:45 a.m.: Jack--reading from and discussion/interview re: Nightwatch (moderator: Lori Huth) / open to student, faculty, and community members
11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.: Johanna, Sheila, and Gary--session on matters of vocation (title and format tba) (moderator: Jim Zoller?) / open to student, faculty, and community members
noon-12:45 p.m.: Betsy Rutledge--lunch with students re: reading and studying children’s literature (moderator: Laurie Dashnau?) / open to student, faculty, and community members
1:00-1:45 p.m.: Johanna, Sheila, and Gary--session on publishing, publishers, and the publishing industry (title and format tba) (moderator: Susan Bruxvoort Lipscomb) / open to student, faculty, and community members
1:45-2:15 p.m.: Johanna, Sheila, and Gary--closing discussion and Q/A session (moderator: Susan Bruxvoort Lipscomb) / open to student, faculty, and community members