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Speaker Profile - Tim Weed


Region: New England (CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, ME)
Age Levels: 11-13 and 14-17
Will Travel: < 500 miles
Skype Visit: Yes
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Tim’s debut novel, Will Poole’s Island (Namelos, 2014), was named one of Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of the Year. His short fiction and essays have won Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction and Solas Best Travel Writing awards, and have appeared or are forthcoming in Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Saranac Review, Bloom, Talking Points Memo, Writer's Chronicle, Backcountry, and many other reviews and magazines. Tim teaches at Grub Street in Boston and in the MFA Writing program at Western Connecticut State University, and serves as a featured expert for National Geographic Expeditions in Cuba, Spain, and Patagonia.  Read more at

Presentation Description:
A 15-20 minute powerpoint slide presentation on the historical research behind Will Poole's Island followed by a 15-20 minute reading from the novel. The presentation will offer a variety of provocative images and fresh perspectives on colonial America. I can also lead classroom discussions and/or offer a dynamic creative writing workshop for students followed by a reading from the novel. Click to access the Will Poole's Island historical timeline and discussion guide. I am a featured expert for National Geographic with a great deal of experience in public speaking. I was also one of the founders of National Geographic Student Expeditions and a long-time trip leader and director for Putney Student Travel, so I have many years of experience of working with adolescents. I would love to come to your classroom to talk about American colonial history, the writing craft, and/or the writing life!