|Age Levels:||5-10 and 11-13|
|Will Travel:||Anywhere in the world|
|SCBWI Profile:||Member Profile|
After almost twenty-five years in education, I moved to the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, and now write full-time. My teaching, reading, and writing eventually led to a master's degree in Language and Literacy, and later, an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. My first picture book, Blue on Blue, illustrated by Caldecott award-winning artist, Beth Krommes, was published by Beach Lane Books (S&S) in December 2014.
• Poem-Making: In this hands-on workshop, we’ll talk about some of the specific features of poetry and look at a collection of poems about a single subject. We’ll collect words and compose out-loud. After a group poetry-writing session, students will begin to write (and share) their own poems. (Grades K-6)
• Behind-the-Scenes: In this class or multi-class presentation, I’ll talk about my life as a writer and give a candid look inside the creative process from story spark to draft, revision to publication. I’ll share an editor’s revision notes, an illustrator’s preliminary sketch “dummy,” initial color proofs, and we’ll have a look at the artistic collaboration of author, illustrator, editor, and art director.
• Piecing a Story Puzzle: In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the elements of a good story: character and setting, problem and solution, story arc, and the use of appropriate, specific details. We’ll share a mentor text and identify the story elements. Students will then innovate on the example to create their own story. Kindergarten and 1st grade students will write a group story. 2nd and 3rd graders will write their own. (Grades K-3)
Video of Presentation:http://diannewrites.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/The-Childrens-Museum-of-Phoenix.jpg