For Teachers, Kids, and Anyone Wanting Writing Tips

Author Presentations/School Visits

I give either group presentations or journaling workshops, depending on what the school and teachers want. For presentations, I start by telling a little about where I get my ideas, how I go from idea to finished book (via many revisions!), and then I do a story with the students where they come up with the characters and plot, and I illustrate it for them. They think of three different endings so they can see different possibilities for how a story can turn out and think about what makes one ending better than another.

For journaling workshops, I lead the students through a series of exercises developing characters and tools for better plots (breaking it down into beginnings, middles, and ends). We work on juicy verbs, great first sentences, and satisfying endings.

Schools I've been to include:

Write On: Tips for your own Notebook

If you print out these pages, you’ll get some suggestions for how to write your own notebook. The first rule is: No one’s the boss of your notebook except you. You can do whatever you want. The second rule is: Since you can do whatever you want, have fun!

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Teach Journaling Skills with Amelia (Teacher's planner)

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