Genius Day XII: J.K. Rowling From Magic to Muggles: The Hero’s Journey in Fiction and Real Life - Institute for Educational Advancement
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Genius Day XII: J.K. Rowling From Magic to Muggles: The Hero’s Journey in Fiction and Real Life

May 19 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


When: Sunday, May 19, 2019
Time: 10am-3pm
Location: The Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
Ages: 9-14
Cost: $85

Imagine spending years of your life pouring your heart and soul into a book manuscript, only to have it rejected twelve times by twelve different publishers. Then imagine not giving up, getting accepted for publishing on your thirteenth attempt, and turning that manuscript into the best-selling book series in history, while also conveniently turning you into one of the richest people in the world. This is the rags to riches story of J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter and creative giant of epic proportions. While Harry Potter is certainly Rowling’s crowning achievement, her brilliance lies within the series’ doctrine of unwavering morality, composed bravery, undying curiosity, and universal empathy. Join us for a day of deep learning as we explore the life and work of Rowling within the whimsical literary corridors of The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles!

New Students
Returning Students

Instructor: Hillary Jade, IEA Program Manager

Hillary Jade is a Program Manager at the Institute for Educational Advancement. Prior to joining IEA in 2017, she served as a Program Director and Site Director with the Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) for five years. She also worked for six years as a teacher of German and English as a Foreign/Second Language in both the US and Germany. She is a former Fulbright Scholar, Andover Fellow, camp director, Washingtonian, and Europe dweller. In her spare time, Hillary enjoys reading, cooking, exploring Southern California, designing new Academy classes, taking long road trips, and keeping up with whatever Academy students are currently into. She holds a B.A. in German from the University of Puget Sound, an M.A. in German from Middlebury College (the first college to officially have a Quidditch team), and an M.S. in Camp Administration and Leadership. (Oh, and she’s a proud Hufflepuff!)

How to prepare:

Though most of the day’s activities will take place indoors, there is the possibility of certain parts of the day taking place outdoors, so dressing in layers is advised.

Students will need to bring:

· A sack lunch with beverage

· A notebook or sketchbook and preferred writing instrument

· Optional: Harry Potter clothing or your “house” colors

Please note that all backpacks/bags are subject to search by The Last Bookstore’s staff.




May 19
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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The Last Book Store
453 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
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