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Speaker Profile - Sheri Mabry (Bestor)

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Region: Wisconsin
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
Speaker Email: sheri@willowwords.agency
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Bio:
Sheri Bestor's experience in the writing world began as an author. She is an award winning published author, writing for several genres. She has sold work to  national magazines, including Highlights for Children, Weekly Reader, Read, and Yoga International. She has vast experience writing business content for various companies as well as curriculum for educational programs.  She has earned a MA in Curriculum and Instruction,  a BA in education and has over 30 years of teaching experience. She is the founder of North Shore Academy of the Arts,a non-profit organization that offers arts programming, including literary arts classes and workshops, to the community.   As an award winning author, Sheri has experiential knowledge about the writing and publishing process which helps the writers and authors she works with accomplish their writing and publishing goals and dreams.  


Sheri is the founder of Willow Words Writing Services. Her past experience as a literary agent helps inform her writing services company, where she works with emerging and experienced writers around the country. 


Presentation Description:



                                                                                    



                                                                                    

Menu of Presentations/Workshops:


                                                                                        

1.  Building Your Writing Tool Box

Students will discover the secret tools that will help them to become avid and inspired writers! Kids will have fun while learning during the interactive approach to this hands-on workshop, where they’ll engage in discovery, problem solving, critical thinking and doing a bit of writing on their own! Each student will leave with 12 ideas of tools that they can equip their own “writing tool boxes” with. Unlike many author workshops, in this session, students will go beyond the steps of writing and hone in on the creative process of writing. Author, teacher and literary agent, Sheri Bestor, will share with students what it’s like to be a published author through the use of her upcoming book, “Good Trick Walking Stick.”  This inspirational workshop will not only excite kids to write, but will leave them with valuable tips on writing (both fiction and non-fiction) that are in keeping with common core standards. 


Target Audience: 2-5th grades. This program, more effective for individual classrooms vs. an all school assembly, is written for groups of 30 students or less per session. ( If this does not fit your current student body needs, please contact me for other options.)


2.  Title Posing as an Author-the Yoga of Writing (workshop structured after the book with the same title, written by Sheri Bestor)

Description:  The idea of writing a book to be published can be daunting, and many talented writers never accomplish their goals simply because they don’t have the practical tools needed to carry through and stay focused. Being an author takes strength, balance and flexibility-not unlike the benefits derived from a yoga practice, an ancient and proven method of, in part, accessing creativity and becoming centered and focused. This workshop will give writers insider strategies on developing a yogic-writing “practice,” with concepts derived from yoga to unleash creativity and transform the words and stories hidden deep within onto paper and into published form. For more information on the specific topics covered within the workshop, inquire with Sheri.


Target Audience: This workshop works well with both adults and children. When presented in a school setting to students, it is geared for grades 2nd -high school and the yoga component helps kids to use movement as a way to become more creative, imaginative writers.  Students will participate in writing activities and gain valuable tools to help them achieve success as a writer and student.

When presented to adults, it works well as a breakout session at SCBWI events or at writing/yoga retreats. Option available as a two part session which includes a yoga class structured after the workshop and designed to foster creativity.

3. Title: Non-Fiction Fun

Description: Research can be fun? Learn how to make non-fiction writing an exciting adventure as students journey with author/agent Sheri on this hike through the wilderness of facts. Students will learn how to discover facts and weave them into their writing. In line with common Core Standards.

Target Audience: This workshop works well with students grades 2nd -8th.


4.Title:  I want to become an author!

Description: An honest yet inspiring inside glimpse of the life of an author, from applying what you learn in  school all the way to publication and beyond! Insights from the published author, teacher and agent, Mrs. Bestor will help you understand what it takes, and inspire you to keep writing. Sheri will use her most recently published book as an example of the path from idea to publishing. 

Target Audience: This workshop works well with first through 8th grades, yet can be adapted for high school and adults. Students will leave with a clear understanding of one author's journey, with stories about other authors,  while having the opportunity to explore their own interests in writing during the workshop.


5. Title: Agent Input

Descriptions: I'm available to serve on panels at SCBWI events, and to give critiques and one on one feedback on manuscripts. I am also available to speak with students about the role of agents.

Target Audience: Adults: SCBWI events or other adult writing gatherings. Students-school settings, career day for high schools, etc.

Biography: 

I am the founder and agent for Willow Words Literary Agency. I am a long time member of SCBWI. I am an author, with work published for children, teens and adults. I have been published in both fiction and non-fiction, both books and magazine articles, with my next book to be released in the spring of 2016. I am a contributor to Yoga International. I have my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and a BS in Education and am the Founder of a non-profit arts organization. I am the Owner and Instructor for Balancing Arts Yoga and Well Being Studio, where I practice and teach yoga, somatics, meditation and yoga nidra. In addition to her writing, Sheri’s yoga practice has informed her other creative endeavors, including her painting and jewelry line, “Moon Tide Designs.”

If you are interested in scheduling Sheri, please send dates and needs and she will respond. 

262.719.4633 or sheri@willlowwords.agency


Publishing History:

The Mindfulness Journal, Peaces of My Day

Substance Abuse, The Ultimate Teen Guide

On With the Show

How to Organize Your Classroom

Good Trick Walking Stick (to be released in spring of 2016)

Writing also sold to:

Yoga International, Highlights Magazine, Weekly Reader/Read, Story Friends, Family Fun, Various Wisconsin Newspapers and Magazines

“Posing as a Writer,” (article published in Yoga International) and “Posing as an Author” (ms) are what the workshop is structured after.

"Weekly Reader, Read."


"Highlights Magazine." 


and more. 


Teaching Experience: 

I’ve been a teacher at various capacities for over 35 years for all ages of individuals, from young children through adults. I have earned a teaching certification from UW Madison, and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. I have founded an arts school, a yoga studio, and a literary agency, all of which have given me opportunities to teach and/or speak.



 

           

           

Sheri is available to give presentations on writing to both children and adults in settings such as classrooms, school assemblies,SCBWI events and writing/arts retreats.  As an agent, she is available to participate on panels as well as critique and review manuscripts. To find out about her availability, pricing and to book her, please contact, Sheri@willowwords.agency.


I’ve been a teacher at some capacity all of my adult life. With a Masters in Curriculum and Education  and a BA in Education, I am at home in the classroom or with groups of adults wanting to learn. I’m a published book author, with my upcoming picture book being released in spring of 2016. I’ve sold work to newspapers, magazines, and publishing houses, have published in a variety of genres including  children's, young adult and adults.  I am the founder and literary agent with Willow Words Literary Agency. I have also founded a non-profit academy in the arts, where I have directed musicals for close to two decades. I tend to integrate drama related activities into my presentations to keep kids interested and engaged. (Sometimes, I even bring it into my adult workshops!) 


 In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, nature, kayaking, painting, creating jewelry, teaching yoga and being a mom.  I am passionate about fostering creativity and inspiring young writers. For more information, visit www.willowwords.agency.

Menu of 


Presentations/Workshops:


                                                                                        

1.  Building Your Writing Tool Box

Students will discover the secret tools that will help them to become avid and inspired writers! Kids will have fun while learning during the interactive approach to this hands-on workshop, where they’ll engage in discovery, problem solving, critical thinking and doing a bit of writing on their own! Each student will leave with 12 ideas of tools that they can equip their own “writing tool boxes” with. Unlike many author workshops, in this session, students will go beyond the steps of writing and hone in on the creative process of writing. Author, teacher and literary agent, Sheri Bestor, will share with students what it’s like to be a published author through the use of her upcoming book, “Good Trick Walking Stick.” (perhaps a guest, live walking stick will accompany Sheri, but shhh…don’t tell the students-it’s a surprise!) This inspirational workshop will not only excite kids to write, but will leave them with valuable tips on writing (both fiction and non-fiction) that are in keeping with common core standards. 


Target Audience: 2-5th grades. This program, more effective for individual classrooms vs. an all school assembly, is written for groups of 30 students or less per session. ( If this does not fit your current student body needs, please contact me for other options.)


2.  Title Posing as an Author-the Yoga of Writing (workshop structured after the book with the same title, written by Sheri Bestor)

Description:  The idea of writing a book to be published can be daunting, and many talented writers never accomplish their goals simply because they don’t have the practical tools needed to carry through and stay focused. Being an author takes strength, balance and flexibility-not unlike the benefits derived from a yoga practice, an ancient and proven method of, in part, accessing creativity and becoming centered and focused. This workshop will give writers insider strategies on developing a yogic-writing “practice,” with concepts derived from yoga to unleash creativity and transform the words and stories hidden deep within onto paper and into published form. For more information on the specific topics covered within the workshop, inquire with Sheri.


Target Audience: This workshop works well with both adults and children. When presented in a school setting to students, it is geared for grades 2nd -high school and the yoga component helps kids to use movement as a way to become more creative, imaginative writers.  Students will participate in writing activities and gain valuable tools to help them achieve success as a writer and student.

When presented to adults, it works well as a breakout session at SCBWI events or at writing/yoga retreats. Option available as a two part session which includes a yoga class structured after the workshop and designed to foster creativity.

3. Title: Non-Fiction Fun

Description: Research can be fun? Learn how to make non-fiction writing an exciting adventure as students journey with author/agent Sheri on this hike through the wilderness of facts. Students will learn how to discover facts and weave them into their writing. In line with common Core Standards.

Target Audience: This workshop works well with students grades 2nd -8th.


4.Title:  I want to become an author!

Description: An honest yet inspiring inside glimpse of the life of an author, from applying what you learn in  school all the way to publication and beyond! Insights from the published author, teacher and agent, Mrs. Bestor will help you understand what it takes, and inspire you to keep writing. Sheri will use her most recently published book as an example of the path from idea to publishing. 

Target Audience: This workshop works well with first through 8th grades, yet can be adapted for high school and adults. Students will leave with a clear understanding of one author's journey, with stories about other authors,  while having the opportunity to explore their own interests in writing during the workshop.


5. Title: Agent Input

Descriptions: I'm available to serve on panels at SCBWI events, and to give critiques and one on one feedback on manuscripts. I am also available to speak with students about the role of agents.

Please visit www.willowwords.agency for more information.