||Mid Atlantic (D.C./Virginia)
||Anywhere in my country
Prior to becoming a children’s writer, Laura shared her love of books with her third grade students. After experiencing first-hand the power of story to captivate, amuse, and encourage, Laura knew that she wanted to create books for kids. When Laura is not writing picture books about porcupines, pirates, and pickles, she can be found on a trail, at the library, or in the kitchen. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and their two sons.
A Writer's Journey (Grades K-1: 30 min. Grades 2-5: 45 min.)
When you go on a roadtrip, you need to be prepared: map your route, research your destination, pack your suitcase.... A writer's journey is very similar. From ideas and story maps to drafts and revision, let's take a trip!
Laura uses her background as an elementary teacher to highlight the writing process in her engaging and interactive presentation, complete with suitcase!
From Idea to Shelf: How a Picture Book Gets Made (Grades 2-5: 45 min.)
Although a writer spends a lot of time alone at her desk, it takes a whole team of people and multiple steps to bring a picture book into the world. What goes into writing the text? Who else is involved in the publishing process? Learn about all the players: author, critique partner, illustrator, agent, publisher, editor, copyeditor, reviewer, bookseller, and YOU, the reader!