The Writer-in-Residence Program was established in 1999 by Hertha Ball, past parent (Tina Ball, '70) and a member of the Park School community for more than 40 years. This program offers students, faculty, and the Park community at large the unique opportunity to interact with renowned published authors.
Children's authors, poets, short story writers, and young adult novelists offer insight into the writer's craft and truly inspire our young writers and readers. A writer's visit often includes an evening discussion with the adult community, large group presentations with students involving a question and answer session, and more intimate small group work with classes. This program helps make books and the writing process come alive for our students. Writers offer an insider's view of the rewards and challenges of being a published author, the necessity of revision, and the fact that all successful writers begin as voracious readers.
Recent Writers in Residence have included: Charles R. Smith, Jr., Terry Trueman, Joseph Bruchac, and Linda Sue Park.