• Taught a research workshop for authors. • Organized and hosted three separate all day workshops. Recounting life in medieval times, featuring historical re-enactors and historians. Recounting life in the Wild West, featuring historical re-enactors and historians. A new-age panel of clairvoyants, healers, spiritualists, and mediums. • Wrote monthly research column for chapter newsletter.
• “Pirates and Pop Culture.” the school’s public series with the community. • “Pirate Flags and Their Meaning”. • “Pirate fantasy vs. reality: How much has Robert Lewis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island effect our perception of pirates?” • “Pirate weapons used on land and sea.” • “Believe it or not! Pirate ships were the first true democracy”. • Q & A session with the History and Theater department students on any piratical question. • A half hour interview on pirate history filmed at the school’s television studio.
Huntington Explorers Day Camp: • Taught a daily three-week children’s summer program with a piratical theme, culminating in an actual treasure hunt among the orange grove on the grounds.
• “Female Pirates: Not just a man’s game”.
• As Gunner Gail recounted a child’s life and duties upon sailing ships, pirate, merchant, or navy with the use of artifacts.
• “Love is in the Air: Romance” Panel. • “Nonfiction: Writer Fact” Panel.
Kids Pirate Sleep Over: • Created their original pirate name • Painted their personal pirate flags • Actual treasure hunt among the statues
• Panel member discussing the business side of writing. • Panel member discussing the pros and cons of including historical figures in your story.
• “Pirates: Real Life on the Rolling Sea.” included artifacts. • A six-week workshop on character development and characterization for writers. • “The social, political, and economic ramifications of pirates throughout history”. • “Yes, secondary characters are crucial to your story”.
As Gunner Gail recounted the history of children sailing on pirate, navy and merchant ships and why.
Members Only Gallery Opening: • Demonstrated how feathers were fashioned and sharpened into writing quills. • Demonstrated how ink was made in the Middle Ages. • Taught Huntington members to write with feather quill.
“Pirates: Truth or Fiction?”
• Children’s story time Pirate Day as Gunner Gail.