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Speaker Profile - Kathi Baron


Region: Illinois
Age Levels: 11-13 and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in my country
Skype Visit: Yes
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Kathi Baron is an occupational therapist and a graduate of the Vermont College MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults Program. She has worked with teens in psychiatric crisis and has publications in a variety of occupational therapy journals and books. She lives with her husband and their cat in Evanston, Illinois. SHATTERED is her first novel. She's available for speaking engagements and will be happy to tailor an event for middle/high school students or adult learners.

Presentation Description:

"Being a Writer"

This workshop explores two common tools writers use to accomplish their work: journaling and being in a writer's group. Each student will journal a poem about something that really matters to them. Then we will form a writer's critique group and using critique group rules, we will discuss the strengths and possibilities in each piece. Students will receive a listing of resources to support their work as writers.

"Write it Short and Sweet"

Consider the gem of a genre: the short story. This workshop will sing its praises and through a story prompt, participants will be encouraged to start writing one of their own. A review of key short story elements will be provided, as well as a listing of helpful short story collections and related craft books.


It's always fun for me to "booktalk." In this presentation, I discuss where I got my idea for Shattered and how I created a violinist character despite not being a musician. I also share about my writing process, stressing the importance of revision, discipline and support. Finally, I talk about my journey--how I started out as an occupational therapist and arrived at my dream of being a published author. Students can either submit questions prior to the visit or ask them on the spot and I'll be glad to answer them. Questions can be related to the book itself, the writing process, opportunities for personal growth as a writer, and/or the publishing process.