Presentation & Writing Workshop

 A bit more detail on what an author visit looks like:

1.)  What will the presentation entail? What will be needed? 

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  •  I really only require a screen that can be attached to a laptop.
  • As for the presentation, I’ll discuss how I became a writer, and what it’s like to have a book published. I’ll also talk about INTO THE DIM & SPARKS OF LIGHT specifically, and show lots of gorgeous photos and funny (sometimes gross) info about what life was like in the Middle Ages and in the 1895, Gilded Age of New York City!

2.   What does one of your reading workshops look like? What supplies will you and the students need?

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  • For this, too, I’ll also need a screen, and a podium or table. The kids will need tables or desks, too. Whatever works! 
    • We’ll first talk about how to pick a story to write, asking the question…”What If?”
    • We’ll then discuss planning a story. “Plotter” vs “Pantser.” 
    • I’ll provide material you can print out about story structure, and we’ll quickly work through a few familiar stories (Hunger Games, Harry Potter) deconstructing the “high points” and I’ll let them tell ME what is the “hook” in that story. What is the “1st Plot point” etc.
      • If we’re pushed for time, I’ll pass out sheets for the kids to take home and play with on their own.
      • I’ll also have some goodies for those who are excited about answering!






One Response to Presentation & Writing Workshop

  1. Sarah McFarland says:

    Hi Janet!

    I am the publicity officer for our local book club, Bookish Babes. We have two chapters, in Fort Meade, MD and in Newport News, Va, and over 250 active members.

    I am writing to see if there is any way I can purchase an autographed copy of Into the Dim from you? It would be especially awesome if you have any book swag you’d be willing to part with as well! We are introducing a new raffle to our groups, where those who read AND review the book will be entered in a raffle to win the next month’s book for free. We hope this will encourage our members to be more engaged with and active in the book community, as well as help to generate more buzz for these awesome books and their authors. If you have a chance can you email me back about this when you have a chance? Into the Dim will be our book for December, so there’s no rush. We are testing this out in our Fort Meade chapter for now, so I would just like to purchase one book if possible. If not, I can get one on Amazon or at BAM, so either way it’s okay. I just thought it might be fun to really include the authors on a more personal level to connect to our Bookish Babes readers.

    Thank you so much, have a great day!


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