Civic Long Weekend @ Celebration Square

Saturday & Sunday, August 5th, 6th, 2017

Artists

Ilyas and Duck Show

Introduction:

Omar conducts a variety of events at schools, community centers and anywhere he can get to by flying, driving, biking, running or swimming. Invite him to your organization for a fun-filled day consisting of story-time, interactive story-telling, arts & crafts, workshops, and motivational speaking. All activities are flexible and designed to fit your unique needs and structure for the day.

Story-Time:

Gather around little ones, it’s story-time! Join Ilyas & Duck on their adventures as author Omar S. Khawaja reads his exciting stories to a mesmerized and sometimes drooling crowd of toddlers. Whether it’s a cozy setting with 5 kids in a classroom or 500 kids in an auditorium following along the story on a giant screen, there is excitement and wonder at every turn of the page. Story-time is designed to be interactive whereby Omar involves volunteers from the crowd to act out the stories and confetti cannons blast into the crowd. This session is tons of fun and a big hit with students, faculty and parents! Story-Time will never be the same.

Arts & Crafts:

Let’s get creative! Children work with Omar to make, color, and customize Ilyas & Duck themed binoculars, get playful coloring the Ilyas & Duck rocket ship, and even make a custom Ilyas & Duck button pin with their name on it! There’s no better way to kick off the show and take something home to remember it by.

Workshops:

Want to to be a children’s book author? Confused or unsure how to get your story into the hands of thousands of young inquiring minds? Whether you’re just getting started or already have a story and aren’t sure what to do next, Omar’s Creative Writing and Publishing Workshops can help! The two workshops are designed to compliment each other and offer a great way for students to learn about both the creative writing process as well as the myriad of publishing options available today. Aspiring children’s book authors will learn the step by step process, from concept, writing, storyboarding, illustrating and printing, Omar uses to create award winning books. By the end of these two workshops students will have the knowledge and confidence to publish their own stories! These workshops are highly interactive and best suited for class sizes of up to 25 students.

While not required, it is advised that students attempt writing a basic script for a children’s book in advance of attending the workshops. This effort will help students gain the most benefit from the workshops. This can be done as part of a school assignment and is meant to help students frame a point of reference and make the various concepts discussed in the workshops more meaningful.

Speaking:

Omar enjoys speaking to young kids about entrepreneurship, living deliberately and with passion changing the world, being yourself, having integrity, working hard, and the importance of family. His talks leverage a lifetime of experiences and lessons learned, good and bad, from adolescence through fatherhood. His style is straightforward, engaging, and relatable with the ability to connect with kids of all ages. Ask Omar to speak at your event and your students will be inspired and motivated by learning from a Muslim American who:

• has lived abroad, immigrated to the US, and understands the challenges of being an “outsider”;

• once failed out of community college only to graduate with a master’s degree from an Ivy League University;

• has extensive experience in corporate America having worked at several Fortune 100 companies for 15 plus years;

• has started his own business; and

• is the first Muslim children’s book author to win a national children’s book award.

Each speaking engagement is tailored for the audience to deliver an age appropriate message that is just right for a given level of maturity.

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