WERAWC 20 Line Up

March 2nd – 6th


Soman Chainani – Author of the blockbuster New York Times bestseller The School for Good and Evil and the sequel, The School for Good and Evil, A World Without Princess. Soman’s first novel is currently being made into a major motion picture by Universal Studios!


Rob Buyea – Author of the popular Because of Mr. Terupt,  Mr. Terupt Falls Again, and the soon to be released Saving Mr. Terupt.


Paul Durham – Author of The Luck Uglies, the first book in a fantasy trilogy. West El students may be among the first to preview the second installment of the trilogy, The Luck Uglies: Fork-Tounge Charmers coming out March 17th.  http://www.pauldurhambooks.com/index.html


Kathleen Duble – Author of several historical fiction novels as well as contemporary stories and picture books, Katheleen Duble will return to WERAWC to talk about how authors create memorable characters. 


Gretchen Detora – From Andover, an instructional assistant at South School, Gretchen’s first book Dave and Dannny Pay It Forward is written as a tribute to Dave Vaughn, a South School dad who passed away last year and his legacy of being the ultimate Pay it Forward guy.  http://www.daveanddanny.org


AJ Smith – AJ is an author/illustrator/animator/art educator specializing in silly stories and funny drawings for kids.  http://www.ajsmith.net/about.html


Ralph Masiello – Beginning with The Icky Bug Alphabet Book in 1986, Ralph has become internationally known for the children’s books he’s written and illustrated. In addition to his picture books, he has a series of learn to draw books students are sure to recognize.  



Tim Basil Ering has illustrated numerous children’s books and is the author of the very popular picture books Necks out for Adventure and The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone. He also illustrated The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamilo, now a movie.





Sean Bixby – An author/illustrator/sculptor/art educator, Sean will join us to lead illustration workshops and share his stories.  http://seanbixby.com/




Rob Surette –Known as the fastest portrait artist in the world, we are thrilled to welcome back Rob Surette for WERAWC 20 to wow our audience with his “Be Somebody” show. “The mission of Rob’s Amazing Hero Art is to inspire people to live lives greater than they ever thought possible.” Check out Rob’s website to get a glimpse of some of his Amazing Hero Art!


Jen Chapin – An urban folk soul singer/songwriter, critics have hailed her work as “brilliant.. soulfully poetic” (NPR), “thoughtful … worth-savoring” (People), “addictive” (Boston Globe).


In additionto singing, Jen Chapin is also an activist, with a life-long involvement in WhyHunger, an organization that champions community-based solutions to hunger and poverty. It was  founded in 1975 by Jen’s late father Harry Chapin (best know for  his song Cats in the Cradle).


Jen will perform a children’s show for our students and talk to them about songwriting and activism.


**We are especially pleased to have Jen Chapin perform on the evening on March 5th for West El parents and the Andover community at St. Constantine Church. This is be an amazing night of live music, one you won’t want to miss! Stay tuned for more details…


Corey DePina - An accomplished rapper and songwriter, Corey will share the fundamentals of spoken word and rap as well as its connection to poetry.  To the backdrop of hip hop instrumental beats, students will create their own poetry and raps.




Keith Munslow - An award-winning performer who combines music, storytelling, visual art, and improvisation, Keith Munslow has entertained thousands of children and adults at festivals, concerts, schools and libraries throughout New England - and beyond.