Newport News Public Schools TV and the Telecommunications Center

Author Andrew Clements being interviewedMeet the Author promotes literacy and an interest in reading and writing by giving students direct access to authors -- authors who share personal stories, offer writing tips, and encourage students to "keep reading, keep writing, keep dreaming."

Nominated for several Emmy Awards and winner of numerous Telly Awards, Meet the Author is produced by Fairfax Network, Fairfax County Public Schools' distance learning cable TV station.

During the half-hour interactive program, authors describe their approach to the writing process, talk about character development, and sometimes share a sneak peek at their books not yet published.

During live programs, students call in with questions, inspiring lively and impromptu responses from the authors.

The connection established between authors and students brings the process of reading and writing to life. As a result, students are motivated to read new books, write their own stories, practice the art of illustration, and find and establish their places in a reading and writing world.