Rick Shelton

Rick Shelton will be a guest June 19 at the "Rising Up and Writing" event at Talladega College. 

TALLADEGA -- The Talladega College Education Department and the Savery Library staff will host “Rising Up and Writing,” June 18-20, at the Savery Library on the college campus, according to a press release.  

Highlights will include a June 19 session led by award-winning author and writing consultant Rick Shelton.

The writing workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, email your name and phone number to Dr. Rebecca McKay, dean of the department of Social Sciences and Education, at rmckay@talladega.edu.  

Shelton spends more than 120 days a year visiting classrooms to work with students and their teachers.

He is the author of “Write Where You Are: Strategies For Teaching Four Modes of Writing,” which offers teachers practical approaches for improving students' writing and preparing them for state writing assessments.

Shelton's first children's book, “Hoggle's Christmas,” won the Alabama Library Association's Alabama Author Award for Juvenile/Young Adult Literature in 1995. In 1998 he was awarded the first annual Advancement of Alabama Literacy Award by the Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing.

Shelton also served as a reading-writing connection trainer for the Alabama Reading Initiative.

A meet-and-greet, dinner and “writing around campus” exercise will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 18. Shelton’s session, “Writing with Rick,” and McKay’s session, “Nuts & Bolts with Becky,” are among the sessions set for Tuesday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Wednesday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a writing roundtable and free write session. Participants may submit their work for publication in a forthcoming anthology.

The three-day workshop will allow participants to write in a supportive community setting, learn tools and techniques found in best practice classrooms, write using mentor texts and apprenticeships to published authors, write to create texts for classroom use and create memories with friends.