I enjoy chatting with young writers about writing and my books. I started writing when I was 14, so I well remember the frustrations of a young writer.
Here is a sample of some of the talks or workshops I have given. If you have a particular topic in mind, email me.
EMERGING FROM THE SLUSHPILE
In this motivational presentation, I share a bit about my own history as a science fiction/fantasy writer, but also will give young writers practical advice on getting published. Each participant will receive a summary of publications that accept works by young writers. A question and answer session and booksigning will follow.
Facility Requirements: Display table for author.
Age Level: 10 and up. Adaptable through high school.
CREATING SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY CHARACTERS
Getting Beyond "What does it look like?"
(also called HUMAN, ALIEN OR MONSTER)
Using the What-Where-Why method, students will design characters for fantasy or science fiction stories (their choice) and explore (in groups or individually) how creating a character can develop the beginnings of a story. In the What section, young authors will work together to select adjectives for character description using the five senses and then develop their own characters to share with the group.
Facility Requirements: Display table for author, LCD or overhead projector and whiteboard if possible. Workspace for each child, preferably a table and a chair for each child, but activities can be done without a workspace if each child has a notebook or other hard writing surface to work on.
Age Level: 10 and up. Adaptable from middle school through high school.
There is no travel fee for events within four hours drive of Winona, MN. Basic travel and transportation costs requested for visits further afield, although if a book signing and sale is arranged in conjunction with the visit, that request will be waived. Check here for current appearances.
All rates are negotiable, so if you have a special need, feel free to contact me to discuss your request. I would be happy to adapt my events to best suit your wishes.
Goodview Elementary School
Recommended websites for worldbuilding
- Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions by Patricia Wrede
- Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy (middle and high school writers)