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My classroom presentations are designed to help students realize they can use their own experience in their writing.

My presentations for adults involve applying practical tools to writing process or production

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Adults & Classrooms

Presentations for Adults

Classroom Presentations

About My Presentations

Sample Presentations

Presentations for Adults & Classrooms:

Preparing for NaNoWriMo

For libraries, schools, and any group preparing for NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month is all about writing fast during a specific period of time. Knowing as much as possible about your story before you begin writing is a major factor in increasing writing speed.

This workshop covers understanding story and finding yours, using the elements of fiction to help create plot, and planning scenes.

A version of this program is available for elementary school students.

   

Sample slides from "Preparing for NaNoWriMo"

Slides are in PowerPoint format on a USB flash drive. Sponsoring agencies interested in PowerPoint presentation will need to provide and setup a computer and a PowerPoint Projector.

Connecticut Core Standards addressed in the elementary school variation for this workshop:

Writing: Cluster 2 Production and Distribution of Writing: Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach

Writing: Cluster 4 Range of Writing: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences

Presentations for Adults:

Situational Time Management For Writers

For conferences, retreats, or any event designed for writers.

The basic concept behind Situational Time Management For Writers is that no one schedule is going to work for the average writer all the time because our situations are constantly changing. The Situational Time Management model was inspired by Hershey-Blanchard Situational Leadership Theory, which states that leaders should not adhere to one leadership style but should adapt different styles when leading different people. In a similar manner, writers should plan to regularly adapt their work time to new situations.

In this workshop, participants will learn methods to break their time into units and to plan to fit these units into whatever work situation they are in at any particular time.

 

Sample slides from "Situational Time Management For Writers"

Slides are in PowerPoint format on a USB flash drive. Sponsoring agencies interested in PowerPoint presentation will need to provide and setup a computer and a PowerPoint Projector.

Traditional vs. Self-publishing

For the general public and new writers.

   

Sample slides from "Traditional vs. Self-publishing"

Slides are in PowerPoint format on a USB flash drive. Sponsoring agencies interested in PowerPoint presentation will need to provide and setup a computer and a PowerPoint Projector.

Traditional vs. Self-publishing is a twenty to thirty minute talk on what needs to be done to publish a book and the difference between having a traditional publisher do it and doing it yourself.

Classroom Presentations:

Writing Strategies for Fiction

Two versions: Grades 3 through 5 and Grades 6 through 8

 

Sample slides from "Writing Strategies for Fiction"

Slides are in PowerPoint format on a USB flash drive. Sponsoring agencies interested in PowerPoint presentation will need to provide and setup a computer and a PowerPoint Projector.

Writing Strategies for Fiction uses slides, stories, and a reading to focus on three strategies: write what you know, know your story, and goal setting for main characters. I describe how my own experience was used in my work and refer to other fiction to illustrate points about character and setting. The presentation for younger students includes storytelling while the presentation for older students goes deeper into goals and objectives.

All presentations end with a question and answer period with a reading added if time allows.

I Don't Want to Write About That!

Suggested grade level: Third through sixth

I Don't Want to Write About That uses story and slides to explain the meaning of the expression "write what you know." In it I describe how I came to write my first book, My Life Among the Aliens, and then focus on how I worked personal experiences into the later book. The slide show can be followed by a brainstorming session regarding events in the students' lives that could be used in a story.

The presentation ends with a question and answer period.

 

Sample slides from "I Don't Want to Write About That!"

Slides are in PowerPoint format on a USB flash drive. Sponsoring agencies interested in PowerPoint presentation will need to provide and setup a computer and a PowerPoint Projector.

From Idea To Story

Suggested grade level: One through three

 

Sample slides from "From Idea To Story"

Slides are in PowerPoint format on a USB flash drive. Sponsoring agencies interested in PowerPoint presentation will need to provide and setup a computer and a PowerPoint Projector.

From Idea to Story uses slides and readings to introduce the concepts of setting, character, and plot to younger students. In this presentation I describe how I moved from my original idea for the book A Girl, a Boy, and a Monster Cat to the final product. Emphasis is placed on how setting, character, and plot changed as the story evolved. Students are encouraged to focus on setting, character, and plot when revising their own work.

The presentation ends with a question and answer period.

Connecticut Core Standards addressed in the classroom presentations:

Writing: Cluster 1 Text Types and Purposes: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

Speaking and Listening: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

About My Presentations:

bulletOther types of presentations: I would be happy to discuss customizing a presentation to your needs, including:

bulletAdapting presentations to other grade levels
bulletWriter-in-residence programs
bulletBook fair appearances
bulletLibrary readings
bulletBook group appearances
bulletTeacher presentations

bulletLength of presentations: Forty-five minutes to an hour

bulletNumber of presentations: Up to five a day at one site

bulletLocations: I am available in New England and eastern New York.

bulletFees:

bulletHourly rate: $150 for groups up to 60 people.
bulletDay rate: $600 for up to 5 presentations at one site for groups of up to 60 people at a time.
bulletTravel expenses: Travel expenses added for sites outside of Connecticut.

           

Some Sample Presentations:

Special Events:

bulletFeatured Author, Author Book Fair, Avon Free Public Library, Avon, Connecticut
bulletFeatured Author, Children's Author Night, Avon Free Public Library, Avon, Connecticut
bulletPresenter, Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, Vermont
bulletPanelist, New Media Day, New England Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
bulletWorkshop Leader, New England Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Conference
bulletFeatured Author, Norwich Free Academy Book Expo, Norwich, Connecticut
bulletCareer Day Speaker, Marlborough Elementary School, Marlborough, Connecticut
bulletReader, Read Across America Day, The Friendship School, Waterford, Connecticut
bulletFeatured Author, Kids Heart Authors Day, Bank Square Books, Mystic, Connecticut
bulletOn-line discussion, McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine
bulletOn-line Q&A, Mount Mansfield Union High School, Jericho, Vermont
bulletParticipating Author, Author Fest, Massachusetts School Library Association
bulletSpeaker, Author Luncheon, Greater Waterbury/Naugatuck American Association of University Women
bulletPresenter, New York State Association of Comprehensive Educators Regional Conference
bulletPresenter, NESCBWI Whispering Pines Writers' Retreat
bulletPresenter, Leave 'em Laughing: Humor in Children's and YA Literature, The New England Roundtable of Teen and Children's Librarians Conference
bulletPresenter and Keynote Speaker, "Celebration for Young Writers" seminar, Litchfield, Connecticut.
bulletSession Leader, "Goals and Objectives Workshop", Student and Teacher Writing Conference, University of Connecticut/Connecticut Writing Project.
bulletFacilitator, enrichment cluster, "Playing With Ideas: How Authors Get Started," Marlborough Elementary School
bulletSession Leader, "Free-writing Workshop," Student and Teacher Writing Conference, University of Connecticut/Connecticut Writing Project.  
bulletPresenter, Connecticut Children’s Book Fair, University of Connecticut
bulletReader and book signing, "Connecticut Loves to Read Day," Enfield, Connecticut.
bulletAuthor Presentation, "Boats, Books, Brushes with Taste," New London, Connecticut.

General Author Talks:

bulletBenjamin Phelps School, Agawam, Massachusetts
bulletEllen P. Hubbell School, Bristol, Connecticut
bulletIvy Drive School, Bristol, Connecticut
bulletJack Jackter Elementary School, Colchester, Connecticut
bulletEdna C. Stevens School, Cromwell, Connecticut
bulletWestern Connecticut AIS Magnet School, Danbury, Connecticut
bulletEast Hampton Public Library, East Hampton, Connecticut
bulletWelles-Turner Library, Glastonbury, Connecticut
bulletRidge Hill School, Hamden, Connecticut
bulletJ. Milton Jeffrey Elementary School, Madison, Connecticut
bulletAnnie Vinton School, Mansfield, Connecticut
bulletJohn F. Kennedy School, Milford, Connecticut
bulletMilton Junior/Senior High School, Milton, Vermont
bulletLucy Robbins Wells Library, Newington, Connecticut
bulletSalem Public Library, Salem, Massachusetts
bulletCentral School, Simsbury, Connecticut
bulletSt. Lawrence School, Shelton, Connecticut
bulletSudbury's Country School, Sudbury, Vermont
bulletParker Memorial School, Tolland, Connecticut
bulletDaniels Farm School, Trumbull, Connecticut
bulletFrenchtown Elementary School, Trumbull, Connecticut
bulletJane Ryan Elementary School, Trumbull, Connecticut
bulletWoodbridge Town Library, Woodbridge, Connecticut
bulletWoodstock Elementary School, Woodstock, Connecticut

             

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