Just for kids ...

My good friend Denis Boyles is this year continuing to host the Brouzils Seminars, courses for aspiring writers.

This year I am especially happy to be associated with the Turner-Tripp Workshops, which will focus on empowering aspiring creators to launch books, screenplays, teleplays, or other projects intended for children and their parents.

In an age when wholesome entertainment for children is sometimes hard to find, this initiative will help new writers with good ideas to bring their projects to completion.

The course is being hosted by two world experts in the field:

Jenny Tripp was recently nominated for the Sequoyah Book Award for Children's Literature. She’s the author of Pete and Fremont and Pete's Disappearing Act (Harcourt), and Fais Do-Do, a children's picture book, forthcoming from Harper-Collins. She is a Lifetime Member of the Writer's Guild of America and has written for most of the major studios in a variety of genres, from feature animation, to live action, to movies for television, including Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Swan Lake, The Prince and the Pauper, The Trouble with Angels and others. She’s a contributor to the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Travel Magazine, Family Fun Magazine, DIG Magazine, Family Life Magazine, Mothers Today Magazine and others. Her “Santa’s Homepage” (1995-1997) on AOL was one of the platform’s most popular features. She also wrote the spin-off television special, produced by Brandon Tartikoff and based on the AOL site.

Her friend and colleague is veteran Brouzils faculty member Priscilla Turner, a former executive story editor at Columbia Pictures and the author of television scripts for Miami Vice, the Cosby Mysteries and other network programs. In addition to her film and television work, she is the author of several children’s books, including The War Between the Vowels and the Consonants and Among the Odds and Evens: A Tale of Adventure (both Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and the co-author (with her sister, Susan Pohlman) of The Girl’s Guide to Life (Scholastic).

Our College will be hosting a three-day family film festival as part of the course.

The Brouzils Seminars take place just down the road from Chavagnes International College, and this year, the Turner-Tripp workshops will be finishing just before our own summer course on the Great Books, this time focussing on 'Renaissance to Revolution: French Literature in an age of change." Of which more very soon ...


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