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A Window into the World of Children's Literature on April 3

Linda Patterson Kujawski has been writing all her life--first with drawings...then with words.  Later, her visual images were painted with words, in her personal poetry and picture books. She is both a visual and literary artist. Before blogs, she did journals, journals of everyday happenings and journals of thoughts and creative writing.

As an elementary teacher, she found her niche and developed programs for first graders to learn skills for writing personal narratives. Then, she worked with music and art teachers in developing cross-discipline programs of poetry, storytelling, and reader’s theater that combined reading, writing, music, art, and simple set and costume design. These programs engaged students and strengthened literacy and writing abilities.

On Thursday, April 3, Kujawski is offering a master class on creative writing, "A Window into the World of Children’s Literature". The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at SUNY Orange in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room in Kaplan Hall which is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh. Registration is not required. Free, secure parking is available in the garage under Kaplan Hall via First St.

During the class, Kujawski will share some of the “imaginative hooks and compelling questions” with which to get the attention of young learners that she learned from prolific children’s book author Wendy Pfeffer. Having participated in master classes, workshops, and conferences on writing, poetry, storytelling, and illustrating by such notables as Susan Danoff, Georgia Heard, Ralph Fletcher, James Richardson, David L. Harrison, Richard Peck, Alison Ashley Formento, and E.B. Lewis, she has plenty to share and discuss on how she puts her knowledge into practice. She will give readings from her own work, illustrations and how they work with the text in children's literature, a brief overview of children's lit, and samples of children's creative writing pieces.

Kujawski is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. A Middletown native who has lived for many years in Princeton, N.J., she graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in Humanities and Literature from SUNY Orange. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Oneonta and a Master of Arts in Teaching: Curriculum and Instruction degree from the University of Saint Mary. Also, she has done graduate work at Fairleigh Dickinson University and SUNY New Paltz. Additionally, she has had extensive study in classical piano, drawing and painting.

This program is a presentation of Cultural Affairs to which questions may be directed: (845)341-4891/9386 and cultural@sunyorange.edu. You may also visit the Cultural Affairs website at www.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs.

Event date, time and location.

Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs
4/1/2014