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101 Ways to Bug Your Characters – Creatively!

The hardest part about writing is thinking of something to write, right? Wrong! You might brainstorm batches of ideas, only to get stuck in the miserable middles – or even on that dreaded first line. So how do authors do it? How do they turn great ideas into great stories? By ‘bugging’ their characters, of course! Join Lee for a fun and funny presentation and writing workshop that gives young writers the tools needed to tell the writing blues to BUG OFF!

Lee Wardlaw

45 Minute Program

 

$395


In this workshop, participants will learn how to create a protagonist (the main character or 'hero' of the story) and the antagonist (the 'villain' of the story). We will do this by 'bugging' them with six crucial questions:

1. Who are these people? (characterization)
2. What is bugging them? (conflict)
3. Why is it bugging them? (motivation)
4. How will they swat those bugs? (plot)
5. When will they swat ‘em? (suspense/resolution)
6. Why is it so important to swat ‘em? (theme)


The detailed answers to these questions will help young authors write a believable story that is peopled with interesting, authentic characters who readers will care about - - and want to read about.

Workshop Size: 1 to 30 participants (ie; individual child, small group, or classroom)
Workshop Length:
60 minutes
Materials Needed:
Paper, pen or pencil
Prerequisite: Participants will need to have read one of the following novels by Lee Wardlaw:
101 Ways to Bug Your Parents

101 Ways to Bug Your Teacher

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.

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