I enjoy making one-day or multi-day visits to schools. Generally during visits, I speak with the whole school in a large group or two, followed by workshops. In the large group meetings/assemblies, I speak about how my experiences as a child and adult have led to my writing and illustration, explore the wide range of possibilities each of us has for using our own enthusiasm and interests in the creative processes, help children find the stories each has for the telling, and assist with skills development.
In smaller workshops (100-160 students, grouped by grade level), we can either create a big book or explore specific skill areas like finding ideas, editing (improving work), or illustration. Often, if schools are interested, I start a “big book” on large format paper so that the group can see how a story/writing is developed from an idea (from the children) to bound book. I can speak to either fiction or nonfiction writing areas, but unless otherwise requested speak to both.
I look forward to meeting everyone at your school soon.
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