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101 Ways to Bug an Author...with Questions!
Have you ever wondered what authors do in their spare time? How they create the names and personalities of their characters? What they do when they get rejection letters or Writer's Block? Maybe you’re curious about their writing process...which of their books is their favorite (or least favorite!)...or perhaps you're simply dying to know the details of their Most Embarrassing Moment... Whether you want to interview an author for a book report...or to write an article for your school newspaper...or simply to satisfy your need to know what happens to certain characters AFTER the book closes, this program is for you! Lee promises she'll let you bug her with 1-to-101 questions (time allowing! ) - - answering even the super personal questions about her first crush, her worst enemy, and that mortifying Most Embarrassing Moment. And when the conversation is over, she’ll even send you some author swag, including an “I Bugged Lee Wardlaw” sticker!
30 Minute Program
- her books. (Did you know she got the idea for Dinosaur Pizza from her childhood love of bologna-and-mustard-and-BBQ-potato-chip sandwiches? Or that Corey’s Fire is based on her experiences when her family home and neighborhood were destroyed in a wildfire?
- her life. (Lee wrote her first book at age 7. Find out why, in second grade, she packed her bag and started to run away from home - - but ended up writing that first book, instead! Oh, and don't forget to ask how she came up with The List at the back of her novel 101 Ways to Bug Your Parents.)
- her writing process. (Learn the differences between writing and researching a nonfiction book such as Bubblemania: The Chewy History of Bubble Gum…creating a 50-word board book for babies…and plotting the 300-page novel 101 Ways to Bug Your Friends and Enemies.)
- anything else you're curious about!
Age Group: Grades 1st - 8th
Audience Size: from 1 to 300 participants. (This may be a home session; a chat with a book club or scout troop; classroom or library conversation; or a large group presentation in a school multipurpose room.)
Time: 30 minutes, depending on the interests, ages, or sizes of the group. (Please note: there is longer version of this program available (45-60 minutes) for older students who may have questions that require more detailed answers.
Prerequisites: To get the most out of this experience, participants should have read at least one of Lee’s books. It will also be helpful if the children/young adults write down their questions ahead of time. Lee will, of course, also answer spur-of-the-moment questions, but it’s always a good idea to be prepared. In a classroom or smaller group setting, educators or parents should review the kids' questions to ensure there are no duplicates.
About the Author
Lee Wardlaw swears her first spoken word was 'kitty.' Since then, she's shared her life with 30 cats (not all at the same time!) and published 30 award-winning books for children and young adults, including WON TON - A CAT TALE TOLD IN HAIKU, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin (Holt, ages 4 and up) and the middle grade trilogy 101 WAYS TO BUG YOUR PARENTS, 101 WAYS TO BUG YOUR TEACHER, and 101 WAYS TO BUG YOUR FRIENDS AND ENEMIES (fiction, Puffin Books, ages 8-12 and 10-14). Her poetry has been published in many collections and anthologies. A former teacher, Lee has a B.A. in Education, an A.M.I. Montessori Primary Diploma, and studied for her M.Ed. in Child Development. She is a vivacious speaker with 35+ years experience presenting at schools, libraries, and conferences - - both on-site and virtual - - talking with students, teachers, parents, librarians, and writers. Lee has a genuine rapport with children of all ages, and is able to change the complexity and style of her programs to best suit the needs of each audience.Visit profile and see all programs