I've developed a seminar for grade school writers that guides them through the process of story creation – from concept brainstorming to final draft. Frequent audience participation is woven through numerous video clips and text samples from television scripts and books I've written.
Students learn how story lines are triggered and characters developed. They'll discover how a writer climbs into a dog's head to tell a story. They’ll see how a TV scene is translated to the theater-of-the-mind in a book adaptation. They’ll don editors' hats to shred a poem I wrote at their age. They'll even critique a TV scene from the producer's chair. And there’s always a generous amount of fun tossed into the mix!
The 45-minute session is best suited for students who are receiving writing instruction, and I'm happy to tailor the proceedings to reinforce specific principles emphasized by faculty. Time permitting or allotted, Q&A sessions are welcome.
Fees are negotiable, depending on the school's size and budget.
I look forward to visiting schools because I enjoy teaching almost as much as writing. The two actually feed off each other, since much of my written work educates in an entertaining fashion. And there's something special about speaking with students directly. From corporate seminars to school presentations to the four-year-olds I teach on Sundays, I want students to laugh as they learn.
During school visits, I hope to inspire those with a gift for storytelling to make that a career goal. But realistically, the majority have decidedly different inclinations! So, the interesting challenge of the day is showing those kids that something they don’t particularly enjoy can actually be a lot of fun -- if they approach it creatively. After all, even nuclear scientists need decent writing skills!