Greg McGoon, Children's Book Author
Untangling the mind one book at a time
Greg McGoon's (Founder/Executive Director of Artcentricity) connection with creative arts began in childhood and his participation in CSTA, the Claremont School of Theatre Arts, a program he attended as a child, and later where he became an instructor and assistant director. As a child, he could often be found with sketch book in hand, or hiding it along with books under his pillow before bedtime. When he wasn’t exercising his imagination drawing or reading, he could be found on stage or, more importantly, the host of his own talk show, to the rave reviews of his stuffed animals. Originally from southern CA, Greg also spent 9 years living in NY. Greg’s background in theatre led him to develop, Artcentricity, for youth and creative arts exploration. Story telling became a key element in his work, and out of that, he began writing children’s books.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from his books:
My books are a tool to open discussions about emotional awareness and wellness. Additionally, to empower the reader to embrace their creativity and identity and use that as the foundation to make connections.
Why the author is an authority on the subject of his books:
Greg's theatrical background opened opportunities to work with students in CA and NY, doing various workshops and creative arts classes throughout the past 10 years. In these creative settings, he became more aware of the impact of technology on the childhood interactions, imagination, and forming connections. This led him to focus on emotional intelligence in his work as a way to compliment/balance the rise of solitary play due to various electronic devices. Greg earned a degree in Psychology from the University of San Diego. During that time, he worked at the CASRC, the Child and Adolescent Research Centre. In addition to this training, he spent four years working with a local chapter 1 middle school with math, science, and the arts, as well as collaborating and co-supervising the AVID program.
Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
Speaking engagements tend to focus on child emotional wellness, and challenges with bullying and self-esteem. Pulling from my books, we open a discussion to find our similarities, recognize that challenging feelings are natural, while we look at fears, doubts, worries, and concerns, and begin to untangle what that all means.
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