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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.
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.