Tony’s five-day residency program is specifically designed for, but not limited to, fourth graders. He works closely with classroom teachers to plan residencies that reinforce grade-level curriculum goals and objectives being studied at the time. Each class motivates students to think about and experience the power of self-expression through the written word. Tony maximizes student interest by using a variety of visualization techniques and by incorporating the art of storytelling, music, and/or hands-on exercises into each session. His teaching emphasizes a writing process that builds self-esteem in students and promotes the sharing of stories. Tony teaches a maximum of five classes (30 students maximum per class) per day. Classes are 45-60 minutes.
Both in-person and virtual live options are available for this program.
Tony Peacock has been sharing his love of writing with students for more than 20 years. He has lived in all regions of North Carolina and has been a lifelong student of our state’s diverse cultural and literary heritage. In addition to publishing fiction and creative nonfiction, Tony has worked as a newspaper columnist and written radio commentaries. He partners with teachers to enrich their curriculum goals and help students grow as writers. As a National Hollerin’ Champion, he often rewards students at the end of residencies by briefly demonstrating traditional calls used by farmers as a form of communication and expression. Tony’s impact on students and staff has been called “an amazing story of connecting and bonding.”