For Teachers and Librarians
School and library programs center on writing, research, interviews, and photography techniques. Students learn how to put a book together with dummies and layouts. Interactive programs include: how to come up with an idea, where to find people to interview, the art of a good interview, transcribing tapes and putting a story together, putting someone’s voice to paper, matching art to text, writing and rewriting and rewriting and rewriting.
Younger grades read aloud and act out parts of books together.
There are lots of “HOW TOs” that bring about lively discussions. How to determine truth from fiction? How to write about others in the first person? How to work in distant lands when you do not speak the language? How to develop ethics – in work and in life?
In the end, I hope your students come away with the idea that “hard” is interesting, “process” is fun, and “rewrites” are rewarding adventures. I’m not kidding – they really are adventures.
I’m happy to work with you to plan an author visit that fits your curricula. Together, we can inspire future Brenda Stars.
Students of all ages’ eyes become a camera lenses during photography workshops. They learn about filling space with lines and curves, colors, and textures. They combine close up, medium, and far-away images to create their own photo essay in an interactive approach to the art of photography.