For three weeks, Big Class held a writing workshop at the SoFAB Culinary Library. Elementary school students from schools around New Orleans wrote fiction, non-fiction, and poetry for the Encyclopedia of Eats. In this video, see a few of the students reading their work during our end of workshop party at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Center.

Created in Big Class Writer-in-Residence Carrie Chappell’s after school class at Akili Academy, Automatown is a made-up place for which students invented stories and fashioned machines.  Automatown is one of many new publishing projects from this school year now available on our web site at bigclass.org/our-publications. Proceeds from publication sales benefit Big Class’s free creative writing programs for New Orleans’ youth.

Like kids? Pizza? Books? Big Class is looking for interns! Come exercise your writing skills, work directly with teachers, students, families, and our amazing volunteer community, and gain valuable experience in many aspects of educational programming, event planning and nonprofit organization. Learn more at the above link.

diversityinya:

yaflash:

The news just broke… Walter Dean Myers has passed. In his lifetime, he wrote over 100 books, served as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, won too many awards and honors to list, advised and inspired kids and young writers everywhere, and impacted thousands of lives. He was a lifelong proponent of diversity in children’s literature, and just a few months ago wrote an article that once again sparked the discussion.

Rest well, sir. You will be remembered always.

Beyond this, words fail me.

Not only did we lose a fine writer, but a trailblazler and advocate for more inclusivity and diversity in kidlit. A sad day indeed.

(via prairielights)

Big Class Back to Summer Festival 2014


Big Class is celebrating the end of the school year and the return of summer with the 2nd annual Back to Summer festival. All are invited to enjoy an evening celebrating the over 1000 students and 30 collaborative projects completed this year, including food writing from the Encyclopedia of Eats workshop (a collaboration with the Southern Food and Beverage Museum), photography and made-up place-based writing from Open Studio, and videos created in the Video Poetry workshop (a collaboration with NOVAC). If you’ve participated in Big Class this year as a student or volunteer, or you’re just interested in mind-blowing creative work by the next generation of New Orleans writers and artists, join us on June 18 at Press Street HQ from 5:00-7:00.

julia-lavigne:

Here’s the latest from bigclass!  

The 4th graders at Kipp McDonogh 15 wrote AWESOME action and adventure stories set in the French Quarter.  The book is called “How Do You Know We’re Not Zombies?”  and was published this month thru Big Class and Press Street.

I had the honor to make the cover image! T
he students mentioned Cafe du Monde frequently and I noticed they favored zombies as the spooky subject, so I used the two for my illustration :)

See the rest of my Big Class illustrations here!

(Source: floating-heads.net)

abramsbooks:

A tribute to Maya Angelou with audio of her reading from Life Doesn’t Frighten Me: Maya Angelou’s Courageous Children’s Verses, Illustrated by Basquiat
Amazing FREE workshops start this Saturday. Tell the young people in your life!

Amazing FREE workshops start this Saturday. Tell the young people in your life!

Spread the word. FREE Big Class food writing workshop at Southern Food and Beverage Museum Culinary Library on OC Haley! http://bigclass.org/encyclopediaofeats

Spread the word. FREE Big Class food writing workshop at Southern Food and Beverage Museum Culinary Library on OC Haley! http://bigclass.org/encyclopediaofeats

automatown:

We’re excited to be entering a new phase of Automatown, as we prepare for our final showcase on May 29th at Akili Academy.

We’ll be sharing our works-in-progress, but for now, here’s a look-back at our initial brainstorming process.

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Edwin envisioned a food party with story-sharing and…