Author and Illustrator Appearances

We have several authors and illustrators who enjoy meeting and speaking with readers about their work, and about reading and writing.
If you are interested in inviting an author/illustrator to visit your community in person, or via Skype please contact McBookwords.


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Carol Gorman
Speaking to Readers


Large group presentations by the author are often combined with writing or reading workshop sessions during a day's visit to a school. At times a partial day at a school is combined with an evening presentation for the community at the school or at a public library. Carol's presentations are also well suited for writers and readers conferences.
Making a Living Telling Secrets and Lies

Where do you get your ideas? How many times do you revise? How did you get your start as a writer? This session, called Making a Living Telling Secrets and Lies, emphasizes how she uses bits and pieces from her life, but change them to suit the stories she tells.
Audience: Large/Small groups  Age: adaptable to grades 2-12

Reading Discussions and Writing Workshops:
Popular discussion/instructional sessions (suited for smaller groups) include writing workshops or reading workshops. In the writing sessions, limited to a maximum of 30 students, the author and students focus on a key component of writing: the opening hook, voice, characterization, sensory detail, or metaphor/simile. The sessions begin with many examples, taken from the best of literature, that model these important elements. A discussion of what choices the author made to create effective lines or scenes. Then students have the opportunity to use what they've learned to compose their own pieces of writing.
The workshop's message is this: reading great books can teach us how to be good writers. If we look closely--if we read the way writers read--we can learn how effective writing is created.
In the reading sessions, recommended for up to 90 students who have read a specific book, the author and students discuss specific components from the particular book.  Each book seems to lend itself to a particular topic.

Stumptown Kid -- racism, negro league baseball, Civil Rights Era.
Stumptown Kid   -- "Civil Rights -- How Far Have We Come? Or Not?" -- This book makes a dramatic backdrop for discussing the Civil Rights era and the status of civil rights today.  Carol engages readers in a discussion of the research for this book,and shares personal anecdotes and insights that will promote thinking and action to further progress toward equality for all.
Games -- bullying, anti-bullying strategies
Anti-bullying Curriculums will want to include Games: A Tale of Two Bullies; discuss with the author the story behind this insightful novel.

Many states are including mandates to focus on bullying prevention and to provide instruction in identifying what characteristics define a bully, how to avoid bullying situations, and proactive management when a bullying situation occurs.   In searching for appropriate activities for opening dialogue about bullying, many districts/schools are electing to begin their focus on involving their students in a dialogue about the topic.  Many schools have found that an all-school read with a follow-up visit by the author  is a great way to stimulate a dialogue and open discussion about the topic.  A great beginning to helping students know that they can recognize bullying when they observe situations and that they have the power to be proactive in helping their peers on both sides of the bullying situation.

Dork books -- perceptions of a "dork," self-perception, student behavior, and other topics related to middle grade students.

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