Learn to create dynamic characters for comics! What makes a character stand out? We'll explore the details that bring a character to life, talk through different techniques we can use in comics and visual storytelling and try our hand at creating a mini comic using our invented character.
Structured around mythology and The Hero's Journey, I talk about the importance of goal setting (and sticking to those goals!), facing fears, and getting back up after failure to try again and again until success is achieved. I also discuss the writing process, from ideas to revisions, from rejections to publication. For kids who are interested in…
What if you could invent your very own state? Would you have sunny skies or pristine snow? And what about food? Could you grow apples that taste like...donuts? Your curious kid and I will enjoy a lively conversation about what makes a good community and create a map to go with it.
Q) True or False: The world's fastest flyer is NOT the peregrine falcon. A) Your animal-lovers will tell you once they sort of the clues to find out the answer to this...while connecting animal anatomy to their own. Extra fun in this an expanded 45-minute visit.
What happens if you put hawk wings on a cheetah? Your animal-lover will discover what types of wings lead to certain types of flight, what types of bones go with what types of behavior and use all this knowledge to invent their very own animal. A super silly time.
Who has wrinkly skin, stands while they sleep, and has the heaviest bone in the world? Animals lovers ages 4-8 will learn how much bones can tell you about an animal while showing off their guessing and drawing skills.
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…
Let’s focus on you!!! Aiming to write a memoir? You are the star! In this writing workshop, author Doe Boyle offers a fresh and fun super-hero approach to first-person narrative. We'll save the day together in this group workshop for up to 10 attendees.
Creating a strong, believable character that readers care about is the number one determinant of a good story. As a former professional actress, writing instructor and author of award-winning juvenile novels, I’ll share simple acting techniques to create stronger nad more interesting and believable characters. These techniques will guide you in…
Do bad people or events ruin your day? Ruin your life? Join Carol L. Paur as she shows you how she takes bad experiences to create her stories. You’ll also brainstorm with Carol to learn how to recycle your own negative situations and turn them into great books, plays, or movies.
From giving a giraffe a back scratch to dancing in toilet paper to revising, students come to learn that their writing process isn't much different from mine. We're ALL authors! (This program is intended for school groups.)
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.
Staring at a blank page or not know how to revise the words you DO have can panic anyone. Yes, ANYONE! It's like staring into a dragon's mouth. But don't worry, we're going to have fun while we slay that dragon together.
Life can be stranger than fiction! Our lives are filled with ideas to get the creative juices flowing. Remember, elaborating isn't lying. IT'S FICTION! Paper, pencil, and a sense of excitement are the only requirements.
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!
No matter what your story is, it's worth telling! After twenty years of writing and recently partnering with her Rwandan coauthor, Rebeka Uwitzonze, to tell her inspiring story of travel from Rwanda, Africa to the US at age 9 for surgeries on her club feet, Meredith Davis is excited to help you tell your own LIFE story.
Writing for animation has some similarities and some differences to writing for a book. I have experience in both and would love to take you through the steps to prepare you for developing an animated film.
Have you ever wanted to talk with a professional writer about a story or a book idea that you're working on, and learn ways to take your writing to the next level? Todd Mitchell has helped hundreds of writers develop their stories and books, and get them published. You can talk with him to solve problems, learn about next steps to take, and get…
In the Beautiful Books: How A Children's Picture Book is Made presentation (Grades K-8) students will get an in-depth look at how a children's book is made and see photos of the actual storyboards used in the making of Priceless Penny.
Sometimes the scariest monster a young writer will face is a blank white page. Other times, it's just as intimidating to take on revisions. This is an opportunity to connect with Beth and tackle those tough moments together. She'll remind writers of the power in storytelling and give them the boost they need to take on all its thorniest steps.
Doing something BIG like writing a book can be daunting, but it’s totally doable when you break it up into fun little pieces. We’ll collect story elements and then talk about how to bring them all together to make a page-turning, shelf-worthy book!
I am in the proces of writing and illustrating another book which I would like to share with you. Would you like to participate in the same process; to write and illustrate your story? Bring along an idea, some paper and whatever you want to use to draw with and we can work together to create your story.
...is not how to write it. What am I talking about? Although it's true one needs to understand grammar, spelling, meter, and all that other "poetry stuff" they teach you in school, the MOST important thing about writing poetry has nothing to do with the craft of writing it. (Or does it?)
Think it's easy to create a picture book? Well, it's not - but it IS a lot of fun! Using my picture book "Flashlight Night" as a foundation, I will share how a manuscript is conceived, written, and revised; how an illustrator approaches the project; and the role editors play in pulling it all together!
Bring Author-Illustrator Maryann Cocca-Leffler into your classroom or homeschooling group. She'll share her process of writing and illustrating a book, from idea, to sketches to finished art, while encouraging students to write and illustrate their own stories.
Sarah draws inspiration for her novels from real life, contemporary issues, especially around how technology has changed the lives of young people for better - and worse. In this program, she encourages students to observe current events and technology and brainstorm what ifs - the building block of any story.
From the germ of an idea to writing a meaningful story. I would like to help you develop your idea into the story you want to tell. Bring your idea/s, some paper, pencils or ipad and we will work together to make a great story!
Ticking time bombs, laughing pillows and a magic wand are in my writing tool belt! Let's fill yours up so you'll never have to pull your hair out while writing. And we'll be writing so bring paper and writing tool.
Kevin shares stories from his middle grade books, including MINRs, the Neil Flambé Capers, The Hockey Super-Six and more. AND he shares some tips to help kids find their own style for drawing cartoons.
Are you curious about poems or do you know nothing about them? Whether you're intimidated or intrigued, I invite you to learn about some of the fun forms of poetry and try your hand at creating poems. It's easier than you think!
Is your child interested in the search for legendary animals that might be real like Bigfoot and The Loch Ness Monster? Join Lija Fisher, children's book author and Bigfoot Conference speaker, as she shares tidbits about these mysterious creatures and how some animals of myth and legend have already been found! After, kids will create and draw…
How do you find ideas for your stories? Let's explore together! What happens next with a good idea? Crafting a story is a process where each step is important, but it could also be a bit tricky. Not to worry -- we can make each element of a good story fun and easy to follow!
Eloise. Olivia. Ramona. Harry. Many kids would say that some of their best friends are the beloved characters they meet in books. But how do authors create these iconic characters? Award-winning author Laurie Friedman explains it all in this interactive session, and teaches participants how to make character webs that they can use as a blueprint…
In this hands-on session, participants will create their own writer's baskets filled with ideas to spur inspiration and creativity when writing their own stories.
Supplies needed include: Blank notecards, pencils, markers, magazines, scissors, a few favorite photos and a small basket for each participant
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.