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Balancing technology and raw creativity during the early school aged years is important as children build connections, create self-identities and develop emotional intelligence. Instant gratification versus frontal cortex-driven thinking continues to be an area of concern as we embrace social and technological advancements. During this session, attendees will experience the timeline of childhood creativity and witness how we became digital beings all while learning techniques to get on a child’s psychological level. Attendees will learn how to open a child’s blocked creative pathways and build confidence in the classroom through association techniques, creative writing, acting and awareness training.

Curious how to navigate through the writing and publishing industry?
Learn directly from the founder of LongTale Publishing and the iWRITE Literacy Organization.

Learn key elements behind the book industry including the must dos and the what not to dos. As the publishing industry has drastically changed, so has the way people market to sell. First and foremost, writers must learn their audience, and in this case understand what gets a child to want to read a story over again and what gets a parent to want to purchase a book.

  • Learn the secrets to writing a great story that kids want to read.
  • Understand the book production process from copyright ownership, printing options, different forms of editing to distribution.
  • Learn how to create a niche and sell your product in this over-saturated market of books.
keynote speaker author publishing writing workshops creativity literacy expert educators educational cunsultant staff development
author publishing writing workshops creativity literacy expert educators educational cunsultant staff development

All writers, no matter the age, will gain more confidence in their writing after learning these tricks of the trade.

This particular topic is available at all different levels, [child, teenager, adult] guiding the writer through the creative and universal components responsible for strong character development. There is a reason why we fall in love with certain characters in a story. Each character has a purpose which drives the entire plot of the story when working together. When the right characters are put on the page, a story begins to write itself. Once writers understand this process of character development, the possibilities for a dynamic story are endless.

Testimonials

“Melissa made the writing process seem very easy and familiar. The children were very excited and eager to write their own stories after Melissa’s visit. They had a new confidence in their own ability to become an author and write exciting stories.”

Stephanie Eda Love Elementary Librarian

“Ms. Williams developed an immediate rapport with our 4th graders which led to a very positive reception of her presentation. She gave them a specific writing tool. Students were able to form an idea of the kinds of problems their character could have, and how the character would most likely solve the problem. One of our teachers said, ‘Ms. Williams’ presentation was right in line with my writing lessons about character development.'”

Beverly Wiley High Country Elementary Librarian

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