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…
Creating a fractured fairy tale is some of the MOST fun a writer can have. Join April Jones Prince, author of Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates, to learn tips and tricks for creating your very own fairy tale adventure. Jump on board, my hearties!
Have you ever been to a circus? Have you ever seen a clown or dressed up as one? Well, clowns are pretty special. Did you know that clowns go to school, too? Don't forget to bring your crayons or markers, and some blank drawing paper...
Want to create your own unique character? J A Browne teaches you how to pinch parts from all types of real, mythical and fantastical creatures, smash them all together and create something original - your very own story character to go on an adventure with! Smashing! But don't take my word for it...
“Loved the idea of merging two creatures into…
Crusoe The Canine Castaway is a dog tale for kids 4-8, inspired by a true-life adventure of an
Australian Cattle dog , with a nod to Robinson Crusoe. Together we will have a laugh, a fright or two and see how bravery surfaces when least expected.
Writing an ending that is "surprising yet inevitable" is difficult, but possible. There are ways to craft shocking but useful plot twists and bring stories to powerful ends. Learn about them in this program.
I have a highly interactive approach and would love to tailor my talk to your child's specific interests. My goal is to bring history to life and install an interest in history that will last throughout your child's life.
Beverly Cleary’s Ramona The Pest and Ralph the Mouse are favorites in children’s literature. Illustrator Tracy Dockray talks about working with the popular author, discusses Cleary’s childhood, and what led Cleary to write her popular series. Tracy lets listeners on to story secrets that she learned along the way.
Ready for a REAL pirate adventure story? The Pirate Princess will take you on a journey to search for buried treasure. Madison, and her friends, Jonah, Sophia, Jackson, and Hannah make up the pirate crew! Ready, Matey? Get your shovel ready, join the pirate crew, surprises await YOU!
Do you believe aliens exist somewhere in outer space? Would you like to run a short fun story about aliens? Author Ian C Douglas makes up aliens for his books: Martians, cosmic monsters, strange robots. Join Ian and talk about what aliens might be like. Write a short story about aliens.
Magical creatures, mythical beasts, and monsters. We love them! But what should you consider when inventing them for your stories? And why?
Ian talks you through some of the key ideas and at the end you can draw your creature!
✨One boy. One moon. One million surprises!✨ Read-along with multi-award-winning author and illustrator K.J. Kruk as she delights readers young and old with her best-selling middle-grade adventure, Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse!
Learn what revision really means, from beginning to end. Sandra will read the original version of THE GIANT HUG that was sent to a publisher, and share the editorial letter and follow students through revisions to the final book.
Janet will share her silly and heartwarming winter picture books, SNOWZILLA and WINTER CATS. Amid all the seasonal fun, these stories give kids important lessons about community, conflict resolution, inclusiveness, diversity, and friendship. Includes true story-behind-the-story. Coloring/craft activity follows reading.
In this 30-minute session, Janet will share the “story-behind-the-story” of THE PREHISTORIC GAMES, a rollicking, rhyming picture book about dinosaurs competing tooth and claw for medals in Olympic-like events. She will read the book and chat with kids about their favorite sports and dinosaurs.
In this 30-minute session, Janet will share favorite stuffed animals and wants to meet those of her little guests! She will then read 3 of her bedtime and “love poem” books, sharing tidbits about the development and writing of each story.
Let’s dress up, read a story, and be silly together! Shall we be pirates? Shall we be Santa or his elves? Or shall we be really hungry people with big appetites? You choose! Tell me what to wear and I'll bring the story.
Join me, your Fairy Godmother, as we discuss our favorite fairy tales before mixing them up—on purpose! We’ll choose characters from giants, to big bad wolves, to dwarves, to witches, to boys and girls and everything in between. We’ll also choose the magic! Let’s go on a journey into a fantasy world as we wave our wands and sprinkle some fairy dust…
Gullible Gus is a book of fiction with no truth in it at all! A Junior Library Guild selection, it's the story of a gullible cowboy who believes every darn thing. The only way poor Gus can be cured of gullibility is to travel to Fibrock, a town full of liars and find the biggest liar of all to tell him some whoppers. If Gus can doubt even one of…
Young piggywinkles, ages 4-10, will enjoy a romp with Greenbeard, the guinea pig pirate! Andrea will read the story, GREENBEARD THE PIRATE PIG, ending with a rousing pirate shanty. Participants will learn how to do their very best, “AAaaarrrr,” and “AHOY!” and “AVAST!” and will learn how to sing like a pirate!
Have you ever finished a book and thought, "Oh, I'd love to meet the author and ask her __________?" This program is for individuals or families who have finished reading WINTERFROST, a magical, wintry tale rooted in Scandinavian lore. Meet Michelle Houts, hear about how Klakke and Gammel and the Pedersen family came to be, and -- most importantly…
Authors of over 130 books, Dave and Neta Jackson have taught writing seminars to young people all over the United States as well as in China and Canada. This is your chance to get tips on how you might become an author, too.
Take a deep dive into research. Writing fiction and non-fiction stories involves researching - to add details to plot, characters, and setting. Learn helpful research techniques and know when it's time to stop researching and start writing!
We all have our own cultures and heritages - let's use our unique voices to tell our special stories. SADIE'S SHABBAT STORIES celebrates family history and the power of storytelling. Come with paper and pen to mine your family background and heirlooms in order to create your stories.
Explore how to write amazing science fiction and fantasy stories! Bring paper and pen/pencil, and come prepared to write. By the end of the program, you'll have great story ideas, and techniques that you can apply to your writing for years to come.
Discover the three-step process that many professional authors use to write amazing stories! Bring paper and pen/pencil, and come ready to write. By the end of the program, you'll have developed character, setting, and plot ideas, along with starting your own incredible story.
I will use my latest book as a guide to introduce readers to poetic forms like sonnets, nonets and limericks, poetic stanzas of various lengths, and metered lines that demonstrate the beat and rhythm of rhymed and unrhymed poetry. We will then practice creating poems as well using word exercises.
Award-winning author Katie L. Carroll shares how she found her magic in writing for teens and kids and the personal stories that inspired her books. This is followed by a guided writing exercise for budding writers to begin developing their own creative stories.
How do you portray sons and daughters, parents and siblings, teachers, friends, and others you know… in a book? Is it easier or harder to include people you know? The answer might surprise you. Let’s talk about it – and maybe even write about it.
Reveal every side of your characters by showing not telling-the good, the bad and the very good. Bring a short list of your favorite book/movie/tv characters and why you like them as well as paper and a writing tool.
What's the most fun part of writing a fantasy book? Why, the magic, of course! Come learn about the different types of magic in your favorite fantasy stories, and all the things you need to think about when you're getting ready to make your own!
Have you ever heard that there are two sides to every story? Well, that's not true. There are, in fact, THREE sides to every story! Learn about the three sides of history, and how to use this triangle of facts and fancy to write stellar historical fiction and fantasy!
Everybody loves heroes, and we need them now more than ever. Luckily, there are plenty of heroes in SUPER JAKE & THE KING OF CHAOS - if you know how to find them. And after we talk about what makes a hero, you might even find one in your own mirror.
While Michelle Houts was writing the STEM-based chapter book series LUCY'S LAB, something hit her like an acorn falling from an oak tree: Writers and scientists use the same process! They both need ideas (inspiration), they have to do their research (investigation) and from there, the sky's the limit (imagination). Get ready for some…
***COMING SOON***Ever wondered how authors create their characters? Want to learn what they don't teach you in school?
Join British children's fantasy author and former teacher J. A Browne as she takes you on a journey of discover to create your own magical character using the power of nature and shares her own character creation secrets.
This programme is for anyone who wants a little bit of everything! You’ll get to meet Camilla, listen to a storytelling of one of her three books, take part in a short, story building workshop and have your questions answered.
Learn to weave scientific facts into your fiction in this hands-on writing and plotting adventure. Science writer and children’s author Cristy Burne shares her contagious passion for science and technology in this fast and funny creative writing workshop.