K-2, 3-5, Middle school
Creative Writing, Storytelling
ELA, The Arts
$895/day’s residency; $500/half day; fee includes travel to most locations
Scattered through school year; call for calendar
The world is full of narratives, in stories, in songs, in how we experience our everyday lives. Alicia Quintano began telling her own stories when she was in 5th grade to her little sister in the middle of the night. Since then she has written stories and songs for performance and taught writing workshops across the country at diverse venues including colleges and universities; libraries; parks; schools; and arts festivals. Her goal as a writing teacher is to encourage students to take joy in tapping their own creativity and to share their stories with confidence when reading aloud.
Assemblies: “Travels with Pierre” (K-2) — participatory stories and a visit with Pierre, Alicia’s book- and travel-loving Koala hand puppet; “The Mysterious Stranger & Other Stories” a collection of suspenseful stories including “The Dark, Dark Stairs,” a true story from Alicia’s NYC childhood (upper elementary; middle school); and original humorous songs.
Writing workshops: Using entertaining warm-up games and structured exercises Alicia encourages students to create their own short, sharp stories. Workshops include: “99.9 Percent True,” writing from personal experience (gr. 4 and up); “Who Wrote the Whodunit? You did!” a mystery writing workshop (gr. 4 and up); and “How the Leopard Got Its Spots,” a workshop for gr. 3 in creating “How and Why” stories. All workshops are offered in conjunction with Alicia’s storytelling performances.
PO Box 752
Gloucester, MA 01931