Secret doorways, spellbinding shopping trips, enchanted trees—and more!

Later this month, I’ll be doing an intensive one-week writing residency at a school. I’ve led many of these before, but this is my first one going to the school every day for a week since before the pandemic. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to it!

I’ve been fine-tuning my planning and programming for the various groups. I’ll be doing multiple sessions with each of the grades, K-5, and I’ve arranged a specific topic for each of the groups that we can sustain over the week.

Many of these topics I do as part of a single school visit—I like to do a regular author introduction combined with a specific brainstorming activity. The follow-ups allow me to dig into some more detailed writing approaches. The programs with the younger grades (Ks and 1s) will concentrate on visual literacy and oral storytelling, while my workshops with the older kids will deal with some more in-depth scene building and story writing.

Here are the topics I’m rolling out this week:

It will be a wild week, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the students come up!

More information about my author presentation, craft workshops, and residencies on my website.


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