From Inspiration to Publication – In all of Michael Tougias’ programs, through engaging, informative, and interactive storytelling, students learn how to take the seed of an idea, through the research and writing process, to final publication. Michael Tougias is an interactive storyteller and award-winning author and co-author of 23 non-fiction books including:
The Finest Hours: The True Story of the Coast Guard’s Most Daring Rescue
On February 18, 1952, a vicious Nor’easter wrecked two gigantic oil tankers less then 20 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. To save the crewmen, the Coast Guard braved towering waves that reached 70 feet, blinding snow, and one of the most dangerous shoals in the world. This daring rescue is the subject of Tougias’ award-winning book, soon to be a movie from Disney Pictures starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck (January 29, 2016) . With dramatic photography, Tougias transports students into the heart of the storm, confronting them with the challenges the young heroes of the Coast Guard faced. It’s a tale about social responsibility and grace under pressure. In addition to touching on the history of the period and the science of the storm, Tougias discusses writing the book, working with a co-author and making the film, and gives tips for students to make their own writing come alive. This program is modified depending on age group and is appropriate for grades 3-12.
Derek’s Gift: A True Story of Love and Courage
When Derek Sheckman, a high school senior from Swampscott, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer he began keeping a journal of his experiences and insights. Michael Tougias and health teacher Buck Harris have co-authored a book that includes Derek’s journal, the lessons we can all learn from it, and the amazing journey of the five key people in Derek’s life. In this presentation for high school students, Tougias uses powerful images to tell Derek’s story, which shows the true meaning of love and courage.
For All Michael Tougias programs:
Target Grades: 3-12
Audience Limit: 300
Double: $941 Triple: $1,235
Travel Fee: based upon mileage
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time
May, 2017 only.