I love talking with readers and aspiring writers of all ages! Contact me for rates and availability.
Let’s Find Ideas!
Every great story begins with a great idea. But where do great ideas come from? I will talk about how to find ideas and what to do with them once they are found. Students will brainstorm together to come up with some great ideas. I will read Arthur Wants a Balloon. Optional crafts include making binoculars to help find ideas or thinking caps for brainstorming.
Story Barn: Building a strong story from the ground up
Just like Bess, a story has to be strong to stand the test of time. I will explore with the students what it takes to make a strong story. Concepts covered during this workshop are character, setting, main events, problem, and solution. I will read Bess the Barn Stands Strong. The group will work together to construct a strong story barn using all of the story arc concepts.
Emotions are real. We all have them. But sometimes it’s hard to know how to deal with them. Travel with Arthur as he goes on a journey of emotions – from happy to sad to mad to glad. I will read Arthur Wants a Balloon and few other picture books that touch on kids’ emotions. Then, the students and I will act out different emotions and talk about how to help someone in need of emotional support.
I offer virtual visits using a shortened version of my presentations. My virtual visits run 30-45 minutes, allowing time for Q&As at the end.
I am always happy to customize a presentation to fit the needs of most groups.