Now offering online virtual school visits for interested teachers!
Feedback so far…
“Today was AWESOME. Thanks so much for taking the time to provide our students with this opportunity. What a cool memory from the Covid 19 Shelter in Place!”
“Thank you so much. It was a great presentation and you brought out creativity in the students. This will be a great way for them to end school, writing a super hero story of their own.”
“Your workshop this morning was fantastic! I can’t thank you enough for sharing your talents and time with us. The kids were so engaged and motivated, and I know it was because of the great way you presented your information.”
Hi teachers and librarians! So I’ve been offering a few different types of online school visits. Some are targeted at the young range of “middle grade” (elementary) and others are better for older students. These offerings are currently free of charge for Spring 2021, but I am planning on charging in the Fall.
Either way, my goal continues to be to help teachers provide content for their students during a time of crisis. My only requirement is that the teacher / school select and provide the platform for the online meeting (Zoom, WebEx, Google Meet, Skype, etc.) as dictated by the requirements of your school system.
Having teachers set up and initiate the meeting on your platform of choice also ensures you can be in control of muting the students as necessary, making sure you know who you are and are not inviting into the meeting room and granting access, and generally allows you to be sure to adhere to any security requirements dictated by your school system. I always want to abide by any and all requirements. Safety first!
Besides being the author of the middle grade novel Dan Unmasked – released July 28, 2020 from HarperCollins as well as The Last Super Chef (coming July 6, 2021) also from HarperCollins – I have previously been a mentor of students in my local elementary school system, and have therefore previously passed all background checks to serve in that capacity, though I do understand some systems have their own requirements to comply with. Of course I’m more than happy to complete any forms or certifications necessary to be able to interact with your students. I’ve also completed several successful workshops with schools and libraries, and if you need references, I can supply them.
Looking forward to visits in the Fall of 2021!
OFFERING #1 – Build-a-Superhero Workshop
Join Chris Negron, author of the comic book-inspired, middle grade novel Dan Unmasked, for a fun Build-a-Super hero workshop. Worksheets will be provided with space to name your super hero, decide on their powers and their origin story. The workshop will demonstrate to students the power of character in novel writing, and the effect character origins have on the rest of the elements of a fictional story, such as plot and motivation. A Q&A session will also provide interested students with the opportunity to ask questions about writing and publishing.
This workshop is a lot of fun and has a sneaky educational component. Using examples from real-life super heroes, students come to understand the importance that a character’s backstory (origin) plays in the types of stories a writer would naturally tell about them.
Timing: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Target ages: 3rd to 5th grades
Optional post workshop classroom exercise: students can use the characters they create in the workshop in an actual story of their own. Teachers can use this exercise as a platform for teaching other elements of fiction writing not covered directly in the character building workshop.
OFFERING #2 – Understanding Point of View and Narrative Distance
When you write a story, you’re usually choosing between first person (“I went to the store”) or third person (“He went to the store”). Meanwhile, first base is ninety feet away from home plate in the major leagues, which means you have to run one hundred and eighty feet to go from first base to third base.
What in the world does this “distance” have to do with writing a story? How can learning about distance help you with the point of view in your story? Who’s on first?
Chris Negron, author of DAN UNMASKED, a middle grade story with lots of baseball in it and written in first person, will help you sort it all out in this fun workshop.
Timing: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Target ages: 6th to 8th grades, especially students interested in writing
OFFERING #3 – “Meet and Greet” Q&A session
Students have the most interesting questions! In this session, I briefly introduce myself and both The Last Super Chef and Dan Unmasked, then turn it over to the students for questions on writing, being an author, getting published, or the book. Whatever they want! We can also talk baseball and comics and loving cooking shows, too!
Timing: 30 to 45 minutes
Target Ages: 4th to 8th grade
WHAT THE KIDS ARE SAYING…
…and so many more!
February 3, 2021 – World Read Aloud Day!
I can’t thank all the schools across many states I visited with for #WRAD 2021 enough! Also the many schools who understood when my WRAD schedule filled up and allowed me to visit shortly thereafter. There were too many schools in too many states too list, but I had an awesome experience with every single one of you!!
April 24, 2020 – Fideles Christian School – Cumming, GA!
We had a wonderful meet and greet with some exceptional students!
May 6, 2020 – Mountain Brook Elementary – Roswell, GA
Build-a-Superhero workshop with tons of great fifth grade students!
May 6, 2020 – Bridges Preparatory Charter School – Beaufort, SC
Second Build-a-Superhero workshop of the day. What an insightful, eager fifth grade class.
May 13-14, 2020 – Seagate Elementary – Naples, FL
Meet and greets with two classes of awesome fifth grade students!
July 7, 2020 – FCPL (Forsyth County Public Library) – Build-A-Superhero Workshop
Another successful Build-A-Superhero workshop, this time with my wonderful local library!
December 30, 2020 – FCPL (Forsyth County Public Library) – That’s My Point (of View)!
A version of the Understanding Point of View & Narrative Distance workshop, this time with my wonderful local library!