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Speaker Profile - Sofiya Pasternack

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Region: Utah/Southern Idaho
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: < 500 miles
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
Speaker Email: sofiya@sofiyapasternack.com
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Bio:

Sofiya Pasternack grew up surrounded by goats, and as an adult pets the neighbor's goats through the fence even though she probably shouldn't. Her debut novel ANYA AND THE DRAGON is kind of about Jewish farm girl Anya, and kind of about a dragon, but is mostly about Anya's favorite goat, Zvezda. 


Zvezda single-handedly led to ANYA AND THE DRAGON taking the Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor for Middle Grade.


Presentation Description:
ALL WRITING IS GOOD WRITING * 

A fun, funny look into how writing fiction can help students be better writers for school and beyond. Very brief and simple discussion of how brains work (you have three brains, not one!), plus interactive discussion of how to come up with a plot and characters. Length: 45 minutes to an hour. Can be altered to fit any audience, but designed for grades 4-6. 

WRITING THROUGH HISTORY * 
A trip back to the 10th Century, when gunpowder was first blowing holes in China, Russians were using pigeons for sneak-warfare, and Vikings were getting beaten up by Indigenous Canadians. A discussion on ancient stories and how they have affected the modern day. How to take historical elements and use them to flesh out fantasy, science fiction, and any genre in between. Length: 45 minutes to one hour. Designed to cover topics for 7th grade UEN World History requirements, especially Strand 3.

FOR WRITERS: CHARACTER THERAPY *
Learn how to be a psychotherapist for your characters! Using real psychoanalysis and therapy techniques can help you get to the heart of your character's goals and values, and the things keeping them from achieving them. Note: not for use on actual human beings. ;) Length: 45 minutes to one hour.

* Requires PowerPoint capability.