Newbie author, wife, mother of 3, New Yorker, not-so-new Canadian, ballet lover, Daily Bread order-picker, traveler, paddler, gardener, cannoli connoisseur, cat and dog friend, funk and disco fan. Decades long volunteering for xcountry/track, TDSB Eco-schools program, and reader for the visually impaired. Varied post MBA experience from business development to headhunting to voice acting. Most recent joy has come from meeting students and sharing with them how Running Through It came to be, and trying to impart that they all have a story inside of them.
With candor, humor, a handful of props and a load of back and forth chatter, I show students how Running Through It came to be -- and hopefully by the end, impress upon them that if I can write a book, they can to!
I show things from "real life" that are incorporated in the story.
Read a chapter and engage in discussions about embarrassment and fibbing.
The difficulty of writing about emotions (for me) and interactive examples of "show don't tell".
Q & A - always with a few challenging questions, demonstrating a whole lot of curious and creative minds!
Happy to work with teachers in any capacity!
One thought, a scaled down format to my presentation, - and add in a writing exercise. We have all been embarrassed. My idea is to have students think of a time they were embarrassed, and then create a scene where a similar thing happens to a fictional character. It can be in a sci-fi or fantastical setting, it could happen to an aardvark. It's to combine 2 things I cover in my presentation - things from real life and how we write to show emotions - and see what happens!