Puget Sound Writing Project (PSWP) commissioned Pamela Sackett to return again this year (2015) for PSWP summer writing workshop for teens at the University of Washington. Pamela was given open license to perform from any portion of her body of work, according to the course instructor Christina Roux’s objectives of demonstrating diversity in writing forms, the drawing from one’s own self as resource and inspiring students in building their creative composition and public presentation skills. Pamela’s two-part performance prompted students to think and talk about the characters in their written stories as well to think about themselves, central characters in their own life stories. A feeling-full time was had by all.
Update: Pamela was invited to return for the July 2016, 2018 and 2019 sessions at UW, as well. Sessions in 2018 and 2019 were led by course instructor Julie Olsen.
Seattle’s Roosevelt High School selected Booing Death for “Book Seminar,” an honors credit literature course. Students read Booing Death and were invited to attend an author event in Seattle. The course culminated with the author’s visit to the classroom. The brainchild of language arts teacher Christina Roux, whose expressed aim was to bring a “living author and her work” to the classroom. Based on student feedback about the book, author reading/signing event attendance and students’ study guide response narratives, the program was a grand success!
Portions of Booing Death were integrated into a drama therapy curriculum this fall at Antioch University, Seattle, thanks to Bobbi Kidder, MA program faculty and Drama Therapy Coordinator. Students received selected excerpts from the book and, subsequently, Pamela visited the class to read the pieces and address questions. Students engaged with the material through writing and movement exercises conducted by Professor Kidder. Booing Death served well as a catalyst for internal landscape exploration and skill-building.
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