• High School PTSO Sponsors Visit of Famous Author A. S. King

    Award-winning young-adult author A.S. King, writer of recently-released books Glory O’Brien’s History ofASKing the Future and soon-to-be-available I Crawl Through It came to Upper St. Clair High School to work with students on Thursday, April 23.

    During mods 3-4, Ms. King provided a creative writing workshop and discussion for prospective young authors and interested students. Ms. King followed the workshop with an hour long large-group presentation in the theater entitled, “How To Be a Superhero - Speaking Out About Bullying and Staying Safe in School and Beyond.” She related her own experiences in school and as an adult to bullying, safe relationships, respectful friendship, and “what to do if you are bystander to bad behavior.”

    A.S. King is best known for her award-winning young adult novels, although she writes novel-length and short fiction for adults as well. After more than a decade in Ireland dividing herself between self-sufficiency, restoring her farm, teaching adult literacy, and writing novels, she returned to the U.S. in 2004. More information about Ms. A.S. King can be found on her website: http://as-king.com/index.php.

    The visit, writing workshop, and group presentation were sponsored by the Upper St. Clair High School PTSO and organized by High School Librarians Ms. Janine Despines and Ms. Debbie Rentschler.
    As student Peyton Haley looks on (right), HS Librarian Ms. Janine Despines introduces A.S. King prior to the start of the creative writing workshop.
    Students had the opportunity to ask questions of Ms. King and gain insight on what it is like to be a ASKing2 published author.