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SSFS Authors: Letting Their Words Speak!

The SSFS Author Talks feature a wide range of talented writers from across the Sandy Spring Friends School community. Join us to hear the  authors read from their works, answer questions about their stories, and discuss how they Let Their Lives Speak through the written word.

All SSFS Author Talks will take place virtually over Zoom. Please register in advance to receive the Zoom links, which will be sent on the morning of each event. Questions? Contact Tobi Goss '10, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, at

Next Event: May 20, 2021
6:00-7:00 pm EST
Virtual Event

Ian Hoch '05

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Ian Hoch '05

Thursday, May 20, 2021 • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Ian Hoch attended Sandy Spring Friends School for seven years beginning in middle school, until his graduation in 2005. He then went to Frostburg State University for theater and art. Ian learned acting, then moved into lighting design, costume design, set design, and stage combat. At the same time, he wanted to expand his experience with different artistic mediums, including but not limited to: art history, jewelry, sculpture, 2D design, graphic design, painting classes, and illustration classes. Ian's experience gave him the ability to tell his own story through his art, and his love of illustration took root when he began doing pen and ink classes.

Ian happened to stumble upon the opportunity to illustrate "The Brothers Grimm Excellent Adventure" after doing some wedding art for the authors brothers. At the same time, Ian worked with Landless Theatre Company for a couple of shows as an actor, and was asked to illustrate The Brothers Grimm Excellent Adventure. Ian currently works at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists as the Web Manager. 


Join Ian Hoch as he talks about his illustrations in his book, The Brothers Grimm Excellent Adventure

About: The Brothers Grimm Excellent Adventure

The Brothers Grimm are back, and ready to reintroduce modern audiences to classic fairy tales like "Snow White," "Little Red Riding Hood," and the "The Frog Prince." But do these fairy tales still stand up to the sensibilities of modern kids with television and video games? The Brothers Grimm Excellent Adventure is a delightfully humorous romp for children from elementary to middle school ages. Kids learn the elements of story structure and writing as the Brothers lead readers on an adventure through the creative process.

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