Friday, September 28, 2007

The Fun Part

Last week I had the opportunity to speak in two schools. My program uses music and sound effects to help awaken the imagination in the students’ minds. It’s always fun to stand in front of them while, with their eyes closed, they listed to a piece of music. These music clips can be sad, funny, scary, or tranquil. Expressions on each face tell the story of what they are seeing in their own minds.

We conclude by reading two chapters from an unpublished manuscript. They are instructed to write a paragraph about what will happen next, how the story will go later on, or how it will end. Those who want to are allowed to read their paragraphs, out loud, to the rest of the class.

The fun part is in hearing back from students after one of these visits. Many are very specific about how the exercises helped them see things differently and to think more creatively.

Earlier this week I received a package with over twenty notes from the students of one of the schools.

That’s the fun part.

Author web site:

NEWSPAPER CAPER, TERROR AT WOLF LAKE, NORTH WOODS POACHERS, MOUNTAIN CABIN MYSTERY, BIG RIG RUSTLERS, SECRET OF ABBOTT'S CAVE & LEGEND OF THE WHITE WOLF, are compared by readers and reviewers to Tom Sawyer, The Hardy Boys, Huck Finn, Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, Scooby-Doo, Lemony Snicket, and adventure author Jack London.

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Now, from an author who hated to read...comes books kids hate to put down.

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