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Speaker Profile - Sheri Larsen

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Region: New England (CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, ME)
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: < 25 miles
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
Speaker Email: sheri@salarsenbooks.com
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Bio:

As a little girl, S.A. Larsen believed her closet held secret passageways to magical worlds brimming with all sorts of creepy creatures – her favorite kind. Sheri never did find a ghoul or a goblin in her closet, only a half-eaten fluffernutter that her brother repurposed as a hockey puck. Her debut novel MOTLEY EDUCATION (Leap Books, 2016), is an international multiple award-winning, fantasy-adventure for middle grade readers; this is the first book in the series. She's also the author of MARKED BEAUTY (Ellysian Press, 2017), a contemporary-fantasy romance for young adults - also an award-winning novel. Her other published works can be found in young adult anthologies, community interest newspapers, and sports magazines (youth athletes/actors). Giving back to the writing community is important to her, and she does so as a @MixedUpFiles interview & giveaway coordinator, #MGLitchat co-host, and writing mentor for First Five Pages under Adventures in YA Publishing. She's part of the #SpookyMG crew over on spookymiddlegrade.com, where she partakes in a #SpookySkypePanel that visits classrooms around the world for free to chat about reading, writing, books, and more! She's also a Childhood Apraxia of Speech advocate. When she’s not chasing her characters around a cemetery or antagonizing them with the wonders of young love, she can be found in the land of lobsters and snowy winters with her husband and four children (yes, they all play hockey), a playful pooch, and three kittens. Feel free to drop by her cyber home at www.salarsenbooks.com.


Presentation Description:
Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about my motivations for my stories
  • Learn about my creative process & how I come up with ideas
  • Writing tips on story structure, character development, & voice
  • Better understand my role as author in the writing & publishing process
  • I offer up two handouts - Seeds of Ideas Worksheet & Sketch of the Writing Process
My Skype presentations last approximately fifteen minutes and then I open up to a Q&A from the students. In person visits can last a bit longer, depending on student participation while I'm presenting. I begin with What's It Like To Be An Author, beginning by sharing bits about myself from my childhood through my middle grade years to show that the 'Seeds of Ideas' are ignited by every day living. I then touch upon themes in my books, my writing process, how I got published, and share my books. Giving students the floor to ask their own questions for a lively discussion comes next. This is her favorite part. ***Note: I also have a presentation entitled "MG BeME", where I highlight the importance of middle schoolers being okay with who they are and how that can help their writing.


Video of Presentation:https://youtu.be/5iI6UbfGvLw