I always say that I can relate writing to anything--that's because the skills, concepts, critical thinking and decision-making involved in the writing process are present in every part of our lives. Live like a writer, be a writer!
Connections to NC Essential Standards and Common Core: technology, language arts, social studies, science
Freelance writer, memoirist and creator/facilitator of Writing to Change the World at Isaac Dickson Elementary School, Janet engages students with creative non-fiction forms (memoir, personal essay, profile, narrative journalism and issue-based feature story) and innovative multi-media non-fiction writing and publishing, including writing for radio, public presentation and internet-based platforms.
Janet believes that students need to develop and practice writerly habits and writerly ways of thinking in addition to learning discrete writing skills and craft.and is an advocate for writing across the curriculum. She believes that writing enhances problem solving and critical thinking, develops integration of process, content, and skills, increases decision making abilities, and encourages a healthy skepticism which leads to exploration of ideas, an enlarged world view and a confident imagination.
Janet brings is the founding director of True Ink, providing creative opportunities for young writers in the Asheville area since 2008, including summer camp programs, afterschool programs, private classes and special events and workshops. She also publishes Trill, a complete arts magazine for teens. She is the co-founder and acting administrator for Asheville Writers in the Schools, which trains and places writers in long-term residencies in local schools and community programs. She recently completed a year-long residency at Isaac Dickson Elementary which included a collaboration with WCQS to record and air 60 This I Believe essays in the greater WNC area, as well as the second annual production of TEDxyouth@isaacdickson.
Janet has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has a BA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill , where she completed the honors program in creative writing.
Janet has a long history of working with young people in addition to her True Ink programs. She has volunteered with young writers from kindergarten through fifth grade in Asheville, Chapel Hill, NC Athens, GA, and New Paltz, NY. While living in the Piedmont of North Carolina in the the early nineties, she worked with award winning poet and playwright Jaki Shelton Green to develop and co-facilitate a writing program for the Cedar Grove Head Start program as part of a North Carolina Arts and Education grant. Janet 's experience with young people includes directing and facilitating youth leadership programs for The Center for Peace Education based in Carrboro, N.C. and for Rites of Passage in Athens, Georgia. In 1994, she directed the Haw River Festival, an environmental education program serving over 2000 fourth grade children.
Also a storyteller, Janet has performed in elementary school classrooms in Asheville, Chapel Hill, Athens, Georgia and New Paltz, New York. In 1994, she performed for hundreds of children along the Hudson River as the resident storyteller for the Pumpkin Festival, a Clear Water Sloopenvironmental education program. In the early nineties, she also co-founded The Far Fetchers and True Tellers, a Chapel Hill based storytelling performance group.