At Stamford we believe that writing is a personal act that grows and develops with the individual. After the great success of last year’s Visiting Artist Program, Stamford American is proud to announce that this year's focus will be on visiting authors in compilation with Stamford's Writing & Reading Program. Our goal is to provide students with real opportunities to learn and develop their writing and reading skills in a meaningful context. Different guest speakers and a unique collaborative environment between teachers, students and professional writers will allow students to make deeper connections with literature. Students will have the opportunity to ask relevant questions to experts during live presentations, video-conferences, workshops and webinars. Whole school projects and events will help the students bond with their peers from other grades and will promote in depth discussion and reflections throughout the school.
Our first Visiting Authors of the year are Adeline Foo and David Seow. They will be at Stamford from Thursday, September 20th to Tuesday the September 25th and, together with their Illustrators, Susanna Goho-Quek, David Huang and Lee Kowling, they will run a series of workshops focusing on different types of descriptive writing and the use of descriptive words and images.
David Seow started writing about 13 years ago. While babysitting his toddler niece and nephews, he found he was tired of reading long, lengthy stories that had him parched by the end of the night. Mr. Seow decided to write stories about his niece and nephews and they were hooked. Mr. Seow has published 26 books altogether. 22 titles were published with the Educational Publishing House, including the Sam, Sebbie and Di-Di-Di series and the Baby Animal series. Tuttle, an imprint of Periplus published 'The Littlest Emperor' and 'Monkey: The Classic Chinese Adventure Tale' which are currently available on amazon.com. Mr. Seow says, "I believe every story ever written deserves to be told and will be told. Have faith. Believe in yourself." For more information, visit the author's website at http://authordavidseow.blogspot.sg/.
Adeline Foo is a graduate student of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Asia. She lives in Singapore and is a published children's book author, with 14 books to her name. Her latest novel, The Diary of Amos Lee, is rated a national best seller, targeted at children from 6 to 12 years of age. A mother of three, Adeline is working on a screenplay featuring a work of historical fiction, which she hopes to publish as a novel two years from 2009. For more information, visit the author's website at www.amoslee.com.sg.