On Thursday, February 11 New York Times best-selling author Chris Grabenstein addressed grades three through eight at Whitby School in Greenwich.
Grabenstein was promoting his 2016 publication Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics and Scholastic sponsored his visit to the school.
Instead of a traditional author talk, Grabenstein featured his improvisational comedy background to co-create a story with youth in true ComedySportz style. Together, Grabenstein and the students drafted a fictional story about a Harvard Educated squirrel with strong feelings about Donald Trump. Grabenstein emphasized that striving for perfection in a first draft stifles creativity and the joy in the writing process.
After the school assembly, Grabenstein used his background as a successful Advertising Executive to coach seventh grade students on their flash fiction drafts. Grabenstein concluded his visit with a book signing.
Whitby School inspires a passion for learning and empowers each student to take responsibility as an open-minded, principled citizen in a global community. Located in Greenwich, Connecticut, Whitby is the only school in the country with triple accreditation from the American Montessori Society, the International Baccalaureate Organization, and the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools.
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