Speaker Profile - Sara Shacter


Region: Illinois
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: < 500 miles
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
Speaker Email: sfshacter@gmail.com

Sara F. Shacter began her career in children’s publishing as a contributing editor of ASK, a nonfiction magazine published by the Cricket Magazine Group. Since then, she has written articles for ASK, Click, Highlights for Children, and YES Mag: Canada’s Science Magazine for Kids. In 2006, she made her fiction debut with Heading to the Wedding, a picture book published by Red Rock Press.

Having taught high school English for ten years, Sara enjoys educational publishing as well. She contributed articles to World Book’s 2003 and 2004 Childcraft Annuals and served as a copy editor for the 2003 volume. In addition, Sara co-authored three teacher’s guides for Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.

She is actively involved in the children’s writing community as Assistant Regional Advisor for the Illinois Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is currently working on a middle-grade novel. Visit her website: www.sarafshacter.com.

Presentation Description:
I was a classroom teacher for ten years. As a result, my school programs are meant not only to inspire students, but also to help them refine specific writing skills. I believe the two most important components of a successful program are humor and active participation.  I hope to make your students laugh and to have them champing at the bit to create their own stories.

Flexibility is my middle name. (Well, not really, but it could be!)  Each school, group, and child is unique.  Hence I would like to discuss your needs so that I can tailor my presentations accordingly.

Sample of Potential Programs:

An Author's Life: With the help of a female Civil War soldier and a heroic rat, students discover that writing both fiction and nonfiction means uncovering wild and wonderful fats about the world.  Students also learn that my writing process is not so different from their own, and that even professionals make mistakes.

Create a Monster or a Fireman or an Aardvark or...: Inspiring props, humorous activities, and fellow classmates enable each student to develop a main character to star in a work of fiction.

Workshops - 6+1 Traits for Writing: Are your students ready to write engaging autobiographies? Compelling persuasive essays? I am happy to craft a writing experience tailored to your specific curriculum goals.