Flint Hill School will welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Michael Dirda as part of its monthlong Arts Jam celebration.
Dirda, a former Washington Post Book World Editor, will meet with middle and upper school students Tuesday for "Writers' Day" activity, designed to give students personal insights into the creative writing process through visits from noted authors, according to a statement from the school.
"It's a great opportunity for the kids to meet someone from the vibrant community of writers and critics that surrounds us in the D.C. area, and to chat with someone who sees the value in reading not only the works of Dante and books such as Madame Bovary, but also sci-fi, graphic novels, detective stories, Regency romances … anything that speaks to you, " said Diane Springer, an English teacher who has previously worked with the author and invited him to the school.
Dirda released the critically acclaimed book On Conan Doyle: Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling last October.
Arts Jam is an annual monthlong even in which student visual artists, actors, dancers, musicians, photographers, designers and filmmakers share their best work and develop their skills and knowledge with guidance and feedback from professional guest artists.