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Gwendolyn Hooks

Gwendolyn Hooks

Contact Information:

Gwendolyn Hooks


(405) 823-5412




Creative Writing


Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, Adults, Educators, Older Adults, Youth with Disabilities, Adults with Disabilities, At-risk Youth


Schools: Pre-k, Elementary, Middle School, Alternative Education
Community Sites: Arts Centers, Childcare Centers, Libraries, Senior Centers, Health Care Facilities


Statewide, year-round


Using her writing experience, Gwendolyn Hooks’ residencies reflect her deep commitment to the writing craft. Hooks' latest book, Tiny Stitches The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas is a picture biography illustrated by the award winning Colin Bootman. The book has received great reviews including a starred review from Booklist Reviews. She uses it as a basis for Cooking Up Poetry, an arts integration residency with a science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) emphasis. Her second residency encourages young writers to recall turning points and memories, and combine them with dreams of the future to produce stunning short stories. Hooks will also work with a facility to create programs specifically for the clientele.

Learning Goals:

Throughout the residency, students will become familiar with the same writing process used by professional authors: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.