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Author Serves as Keynote for LitFest2020

Collage of Speakers Eden Hall Upper Elementary School kicked off LitFest2020 with Keynote Speaker Nick Courage on January 31, 2020. The author’s newest book Storm Blown is a Junior Library Guild Selection. Nick Courage is a New Orleans-born writer and aspiring skateboarder who splits his time between Brooklyn and Pittsburgh.

He spoke to students about his process for generating ideas, writing, and publishing.

His discussion is one of many sessions that took place at Eden Hall during LitFest2020. Literacy is not only the ability to read and write but can be defined as the knowledge that relates to a specific subject.

Various speakers (community members, parents, and other experts) had the opportunity to present to students about the various literacies which include traditional (storytelling, poetry, writing and speaking), data, civic literacy, visual, media, digital, cultural, environmental, geographic, financial, health/wellness, and music literacies.

Students followed a conference-style schedule that included the keynote assembly and three mini-sessions.

The mission of Eden Hall’s LitFest2020 was to promote literacy and emphasize how one can use different types of literacy to be successful in the real world.

LitFest2020 Coordinators Beth Shenefiel and Lauren Hawyrlak directed the program and had help from members of the Parent Teacher Organization and staff.