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Kianna Alexander

Kianna Alexander

As a Black woman, and a professional author with 15 years of experience in publishing, I believe in the power of storytelling to build empathy and compassion, as well as the power of the act of creative writing to foster critical thinking skills, organizational aptitude, and a stronger sense of self. On the admonition of my wonderful mentor, the legendary Beverly Jenkins, I seek to pass on the tradition of sharing stories through the written word to the next generation of young changemakers. I encourage students to see the innate value in their own unique narratives and perspectives, and to mine their inner life, their observations about the world around them, material they have learned in their coursework, and their own hopes and dreams for inspiration. As they grow as writers, they will become more effective communicators, build academic and personal confidence, and will begin to see the written word not as relic of the past, but as a valuable medium through which ideas are communicated. 

 

http://www.kiannaalexanderwrites.com

  • Assembly : CAROLINA BUILT or Hiram Rhodes Revels

    CAROLINA BUILT- Josephine N. Leary

    I will present a talk about CAROLINA BUILT, my 2022 historical novel. The lecture will provide an overview of the life of North Carolina business woman Josephine N. Leary (1856- 1923). The talk will outline Mrs. Leary’s humble beginnings of being born into enslavement, expound on her marriage and family life, property acquisitions and business dealings, and highlight how her achievements were remarkable given the times she lived in.I will tie Mrs. Leary’s experiences relate to those of modern women and people of color, and encourage students to examine the ways in which society has changed...and remained the same. I will also answer student questions as time permits.

    Grade Level: 7-12

    Fees for Program: $1075

    Maximum # of Students: 150 per performance

    Program Length: Approximately 40 minutes (up to two in the same day)

    Technical Requirements: Screen and projector for presentation materials, students will need paper and pencil or their school issued device for any notes they may need to take.

    Hiram Rhodes Revels - Minister, Activist, Politician

    I will present a research based lecture about the life of Hiram Rhodes Revels, the first ever African American senator. Hiram, born in Fayetteville, lived an extraordinary life including seminary studies, working on the Underground Railroad, seeing combat as a Union chaplain during the Civil war, all before he ever claimed his senatorial seat. Mr. Revels, a husband and father of six daughters, also became the first president of Alcorn College (now University).I will tie the events of his life to events happening today, such as the elections of Hakeem Jeffries and Rev. Raphael Warnock, and encourage critical analysis of how Mr. Revel’s accomplishments have left a lasting impact on the history of this nation. I will also answer student questions as time permits.

    Grade Level: 7-12

    Fees for Program: $1075

    Maximum # of Students:150 per performance

    Program Length: Approximately 40 minutes (up to two in the same day)

    Technical Requirements: Screen and projector for presentation materials, students will need paper and pencil or their school issued device for any notes they may need to take.

    NC Essential Standards for Program, by Grade Level: AH1.H.4, AH1.H.5, AH1.H.7, AH1.H.8, AH2.H.2, AH2.H.4, AH2.H.5, AH2.H.7, AH2.H.8

  • Workshop : Research For Creative Writing

    I will present a talk about CAROLINA BUILT, including a brief overview of the life of North Carolina businesswoman Josephine N. Leary, and outlining the research process by which I obtained the factual information that makes up 85% of the finished novel. I’ll provide real examples about the resources I used including methods of access, and highlight the importance of notetaking, record keeping, and proper citation for bibliographic and credit purposes.

    Grade Level: 9-12

    Fees for Program: $1225

    Maximum # of Students: 25 per class period

    Program Length: (45-60 minutes based on class period length, repeated for each applicable class period.)

    Technical Requirements: Screen and projector for presentation materials, students will need paper and pencil or their school issued device for the writing portion of the workshop.Description of the Program:

    NC Essential Standards for Program, by Grade Level: W.9-10.5, W.9-10.6, W. 11-12.5, W.11-12.6




     

  • Workshop : Advanced Research

    For Creative Writing

    I will present a talk about CAROLINA BUILT, including a brief overview of the life of North Carolina businesswoman Josephine N. Leary, and outlining the research process by which I obtained the factual information that makes up 85% of the finished novel. I’ll provide real examples about the resources I used including methods of access, and highlight the importance of notetaking, record keeping, and proper citation for bibliographic and credit purposes.

    On Day 2, students will begin an assignment: a 2 page/ 500 word essay on a given topic, era, or historical figure. Research will take place on this day, with guidance provided by me in conjunction with their teacher, and we will begin drafting the essay and building a bibliography.

    On Day 3, selected students will present their essays as well as their sources, and receive professional feedback on their research and their writing in real time.

    Grade Level: 9-12

    Fees for Program: $1425

    Maximum # of Students: 25 per class period

    Program Length: (45-60 minutes based on class period length, repeated for each applicable class period over 3 days.)

    Technical Requirements: Screen and projector for presentation materials, students will need paper and pencil or their school issued device for the writing portion of the workshop.

    NC Essential Standards for Program, by Grade Level: W.9-10.5, W.9-10.6, W. 11-12.5, W.11-12.6

  • Workshop : Building Blocks of Fiction

    The Basic Thought Web

    I will present a talk about the basic components of a fictional narrative, using my proprietary Basic Thought Web diagram that breaks the story into five parts: Characters, Setting, Plot, Climax, and Resolution. Students will receive a copy of the diagram and use it to identify and discuss elements of a given short story, chosen by their teacher to fit current curriculum work.

    Grade Level: 9-12

    Fees for Program: $1125

    Maximum # of Students: 25 per class period

    Program Length: (45-60 minutes based on class period length, repeated for each applicable class period over 3 days.)

    Technical Requirements: Screen and projector for presentation materials, students will need paper and pencil or their school issued device for the writing portion of the workshop.

    NC Essential Standards for Program, by Grade Level: W.9-10.3, W.11-12.3

  • Workshop: African American Life

    During America’s Gilded Age (1870-1900)

    Grade Level: 9-12
    Fees for Program: $1175
    Maximum # of Students: 25 per class period
    Program Length: (45-60 minutes based on class period length, repeated for each applicable class period.)
    Technical Requirements: Screen and projector for presentation materials, students will need paper and pencil or their school issued device for any notes they may need to take.
    Description of the Program: I will present a research based lecture about the lives and accomplishments of Black Americans during the Gilded Age. Topics will include census data, legal, educational and societal changes during the era that impacted Black citizens, Black
    women’s role in suffrage, and brief information about 3 important Black North Carolinians of the era: Hiram Revels, Dr. Anna J. Cooper, and John Merrick. I’ll encourage critical analysis of how the events of the era have had lasting impacts on American society as a whole. I will also answer student questions as time permits.
    NC Essential Standards for Program, by Grade Level: AH1.H.4, AH1.H.5, AH1.H.7, AH1.H.8 AH2.H.2, AH2.H.4, AH2.H.5, AH2.H.7, AH2.H.8

  • Workshop: Politics and Scandal

    During America’s Gilded Age (1870-1900)

    Grade Level: 9-12
    Fees for Program: $1175
    Maximum # of Students: 25 per class period
    Program Length: (45-60 minutes based on class period length, repeated for each applicable class period.)
    Technical Requirements: Screen and projector for presentation materials, students will need paper and pencil or their school issued device for any notes they may need to take.
    Description of the Program: I will present a research based lecture about the lives and the eight American presidents of this era, with brief information about each man, his administration, and what he’s remembered for. I’ll provide students with an easy way to remember their names in order. I’ll cover the presidential election of 1888 and the scandal involving the Murchison letter and the issue of tariffs. I’ll encourage critical analysis of how the events of the era have had
    lasting impacts on American society as a whole. I will also answer student questions as time permits.
    NC Essential Standards for Program, by Grade Level: AH1.H.4, AH1.H.5, AH1.H.7, AH1.H.8 AH2.H.2, AH2.H.4, AH2.H.5, AH2.H.7, AH2.H.8

  • Workshop : Elements of Production 1

    Grade Level: 7-9
    Fees for Program: $1225
    Maximum # of Students: 20 per class period
    Program Length: (45-60 minutes based on class period length, repeated for each applicable class period throughout the day.)
    Technical Requirements: Screen and projector for presentation materials, students will need paper and pencil or their school issued device for the writing portion of the workshop.
    Description of the Program: I will break down the elements of a written script (using a section from A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM), allowing students to examine how it provides not only
    spoken dialogue for the production, but stage direction and aesthetic information for each member of an ensemble to carry out. Then, providing visual examples of stagings via projection,
    with contextual information, I’ll ask students to engage their critical thinking to troubleshoot issues they see in order to make the production more impactful and truer to the playwright’s
    intent.
    NC Essential Standards for Program, by Grade Level: 7AE.1, 8AE.1, BAE.1

  • Workshop: Elements of Production 2

    Grade Level: 10-12
    Fees for Program: $1325
    Maximum # of Students: 20 per class period
    Program Length: (45-60 minutes based on class period length, repeated for each applicable class period throughout the day.)
    Technical Requirements: Screen and projector for presentation materials, students will need paper and pencil or their school issued device for the writing portion of the workshop.
    Description of the Program: I will break down the elements of a written script (using a section from TWELFTH NIGHT), allowing students to examine how it provides not only spoken dialogue
    for the production, but stage direction and aesthetic information for each member of an ensemble to carry out. Then, providing visual examples of stagings via projection, with contextual information, I’ll ask students to engage their critical thinking to troubleshoot issues they see in order to make the production more impactful and truer to the playwright’s intent.
    NC Essential Standards for Program, by Grade Level:
    IAE.1, PAE.1

  • 3 Day Residency : Words in Motion

    Writing and Staging in Drama


    Grade Level: 7-9
    Fees for Program: $1525 (3 Day Residency Version)
    Maximum # of Students: 20 per class period
    Program Length: (45-60 minutes based on class period length, repeated for each applicable class period over 3 days.)
    Technical Requirements: Stage and/or adequate floor space for student movement, screen and projector for presentation materials, costuming and prop items where available, students will
    need paper and pencil or their school issued device for the writing portion of the workshop.
    Description of the Program: I will provide succinct, digestible information about the creative writing process and relate it to the structure and elements of playwriting. Students will analyze a
    one act play (Lucille Fletcher’s THE HITCHHIKER) to understand its structure, and be provided time to ask questions related to the topics presented on the first day, then be assigned to write a
    short play of 3 pages or less on the second day as I provide guidance in conjunction with their teacher, and on the third day,
    a number of student plays will be performed as class time permits, allowing for questions as well as real time professional feedback from me.
    NC Essential Standards for Program, by Grade Level:
    7C.1, 7C.2, 7A.1
    8C.1, 8C.2, 8A.1
    BC.1, BC.2, BA.1

  • 3 Day Residency : Playwriting Intensive

    Grade Level: 10-12
    Fees for Program: $1575
    Maximum # of Students: 20 per class period
    Program Length: (45-60 minutes based on class period length, repeated for each applicable class period over 3 days.)
    Technical Requirements: Stage and/or adequate floor space for student movement, costuming and prop items where available, screen and projector for presentation materials, students will
    need paper and pencil or their school issued device for the writing portion of the workshop.
    Description of the Program: I will provide succinct, digestible information about the creative writing process and relate it to the structure and elements of playwriting. Students will analyze a
    one act play (Werner Trieschmann’s PAPER OR PLASTIC) to understand its structure, and be provided time to ask questions related to the topics presented on the first day, then be assigned
    to write a short play of 3 pages or less on the second day as I provide guidance in conjunction with their teacher, and on the third day, a number of student plays will be performed as class time permits, allowing for questions as well as real time professional feedback from me.
    NC Essential Standards for Program, by Grade Level:
    IC.1, IC.2, IA.1
    PC.1, PC.2, PA.1

  • 3 Day Residency: Advanced Dramatic Analysis

    Creation, and Performance

    Grade Level: 10-12
    Fees for Program: $1625 (3 Day Residency Version)
    Maximum # of Students: 20 per class period
    Program Length: (45-60 minutes based on class period length, repeated for each applicable class period over 3 days.)
    Technical Requirements: Stage and/or adequate floor space for student movement, screen and projector for presentation materials, costuming and prop items where available, students will need paper and pencil or their school issued device for the writing portion of the workshop.
    Description of the Program: On Day 1, students will analyze passages and summaries of three plays for their cultural, historical, and social contexts. Each play will represent a different time period in American history. Discussion and questions will be encouraged. The next day’s assignment will be provided, giving students time to perform cursory research on their time period. On Day 2, given a chosen time period, students will draft and create a short scene with proper
    script format, with guidance from me and their drama teacher.
    On Day 3, two or more of the scenes will be staged by the students and I will provide professional feedback in real time. Period appropriate props, costuming, etc will be incorporated based on available materials.
    NC Essential Standards for Program, by Grade Level:
    ICU.1
    PCU.1

$1,075.00Price
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