Friday Once Upon a Time

2017 Once Upon a Time student authors

The 2018 festival will begin Friday evening, February 23, at 6:00 p.m. with the Once Upon a Time dinner at the Hotel Vetro Iowa City. “Once Upon a Time” is a magical literary experience created to celebrate stories written and performed by children from each elementary school in Iowa City. While the draw for some might be meeting and hearing from our special guests, the Story Pirates, the real highlight will be hearing students from 22 area elementary schools read their work. Each participating school will receive a table for 10 guests so educators, students and caregivers can be on hand to celebrate. 

Story Pirates is an arts education organization based in New York City and Los Angeles. Originally known as the Striking Viking Story Pirates, the group collects written works from students and youth and adapts these stories for the stage. Kid-written work is then performed by professional actors in a sketch comedy venue. We’ll hear from the Story Pirates on Friday evening and again Saturday, at the Book Fair

We’re especially excited to welcome the Story Pirates as they prepare for the launch of their first book, The Story Pirates Present: Stuck in the Stone Age.