Creativity Convention 2009Highlands welcomed authors Roger Reid and Deborah Wiles, illustrator Susan Eaddy and musician Charles Tortorici to Creativity Convention 2009.
Our annual Creativity Convention is a wonderful opportunity for the students to meet and interact with authors, illustrators, musicians and other creative adults that have chosen to spend their lives hard at work reading and writing, hard work that our students practice every day.
Highlands School welcomes author Robert Reid
Roger Reid is a writer, director, and producer for the award-winning Discovering Alabama television series, a program of The University of Alabama's Alabama Museum of Natural History in cooperation with Alabama Public Television. His debut novel, Longleaf, is a young adult adventure thriller featuring teenage sleuth Jason Caldwell. Set in the Conecuh National Forest, Longleaf has a strong message of environmental preservation. Space, his second Jason Caldwell novel, incorporates factual information about astronomy and America's space program into its intriguing tale of suspicion and pursuit.
Highlands School welcomes author Deborah Wiles
When she was young, Deborah Wiles spent her summers in Mississippi listening to stories on wrap-around porches and wandering the cemetery in search of long-gone kin. Her fiction reflects these formative years and features young protagonists faced with life-changing decisions that they arrive at through tragedy and hilarity. Her work Each Little Bird That Sings was a National Book Award finalist and a winner of the E.B. White Read Aloud Award. Another of Wiles’ books, Love, Ruby Lavender, is an American Library Association and National Council of Teachers of English Notable Book. Her most recent publication, Aurora County All-Stars, follows a twelve year-old baseball player's journey through loss of family, friends and ability.
Highlands School welcomes Illustrator Susan Eaddy
When her Mom framed the rooster she drew in kindergarten, Susan Eaddy decided that she wanted to be an artist. When she grew up, she worked as an Art Director in educational book publishing for 8 years. She illustrated over 70 educational books and covers in many different media, and won awards for her paper sculpture. Since then she has been building on those basic skills learned at age 5 and never lost her love for “ClayThings”. Her ClayThings are 3-D relief sculptures created entirely out of modeling clay. They appear in magazines, books, catalogs, advertising, greeting cards, wallpaper, kitchen textiles & other licensed products. Ms. Eaddy is also offering prints of her charming clay things illustrations for personalization.
Highlands School welcomes musician and poet Charles Tortorici
Charles Tortorici is a teacher, poet, songwriter, and arts educator from Birmingham. He performs his songs and poems in classrooms, libraries, and at festivals using nature, personal experience, and musical rhythms to teach the joy of self-expression through literary arts. His programs are interactive and involve poetry, story, and song. In September Mr. Tortorici performed as a part of the Alys Stephen’s Center’s “Rhythms of the Earth” Festival. Mr. Tortorici recently received a Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. This prestigious award recognizes artistic excellence in crafts, dance, design, media/photography, music, literature, theatre, and visual arts.