Workshops and Speaking
I regularly speak at librarian/educator conventions on practical ways to get reluctant readers to read, as well as how to hold a successful Skype author visit. Most recently, I hosted sessions at the Mississippi Reading Association's convention, and at the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to invite me to speak at your event!
Want to find out how to add suspense to your writing? How to write middle-grade fiction, or how to manage social media as an author? I've spoken on all these topics at conventions like Pikes Peak Writers Conference, SCBWI Southern Breeze Wiki Conference, and RWA Kiss of Death chapter among others. Contact me at email@example.com and invite me to come talk to your writing group.
Want me to come to your school or library? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for scheduling!
Here is a listing of my presentations:
Upper Elementary (grades 3-5/6)
What makes a great scene in a book? Using the opening sequence of Double Vision as an example, I will talk about character, setting, and point of view. Together with the class, we’ll come up with different ways events could have played out. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the session.
Length: 45 min-1 hour.
Let’s plot a novel together! This dynamic workshop will have the class come up with a main character, a problem, and plot points that build toward a climax. I will guide students as we brainstorm ideas, encouraging them to avoid clichés, add a meaningful theme, and end the story with a satisfying resolution.
Length: 45 min-1 hour
Middle School (grades 6-8)
How is a story born? I'll talk about how I came up with the character, setting, and theme for Double Vision. Using the book as a reference, I’ll talk about how the Paris setting and Linc and Ben as contrasting characters shaped the story. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the session.
Length: 45 min.-1 hour
How are movies, novels and plays similar? Find out when we build a novel plot using the three-act system. With my guidance, the class will come up with a protagonist, conflict, antagonist, theme—and we’ll build a plot together. Referencing books and movies, students will recognize familiar plot devices, and will brainstorm ways to avoid clichés.
Length: 1 hour
High School (grades 9-12)
What brings depth to a novel? I'll discuss my choices as I built Linc’s character, structured the novel’s plot and subplots, developed Linc’s voice to determine tone, and tied Linc’s character straits to Leonardo da Vinci. There will be time for Q&A.
Length: 1 hour
How do you build a novel outline? I will guide the class as we determine point of view (and discuss how it impacts the story), theme, main conflict and subplots. We’ll build an outline using the three-act system, discuss the use of sequences within the plot by referencing popular books and movies, and effects we can use to change tone, and ramp up tension or add mystery.
Length: 1 hour
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