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Eileen Boggess is the author of Mia the Magnificent (Bancroft Press, 2009), Mia the Melodramatic (Bancroft Press, 2008) and Mia the Meek (Bancroft Press, 2006), and the play Mia the Melodramatic (2012). A former middle school teacher with a Master’s Degree in Middle Level Education, Eileen enjoys exploring the humorous side of the topsy-turvy teenage years. A native Iowan, Eileen currently lives in Urbandale. For more information, please visit her website at www.eileenboggess.com.
One of my favorite parts of writing is going out to schools and spending time with the kids! As a former classroom teacher, with a master’s degree in middle level education, I am at ease with audiences of all ages and can tailor my presentation to fit the needs of any school environment. Since the publication of Mia the Meek, I have had the pleasure of working with students in grades K-8 in various classroom settings. My general presentation starts with a brief personal history of how I started my writing career and then moves onto a discussion about how to write an interesting story. I talk about creating opening lines to grab a reader’s attention, how to build conflict, and the importance of integrating a creative cast of characters into a story. Sometimes, I even demonstrate these techniques by having students act out a scene from one of my books.