Category Archives: School visit

Louder Than A Bomb

I have never been able to write poetry. Not good poetry, anyway. Give me 70,000 plus words to write and I’m happy. Give me 700 words for a flash fiction piece and I grit my teeth and write because the … Continue reading

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End of Year School visit

On Friday I traveled the 144 miles to Bloomington Illinois to meet with freshmen at Bloomington High School. I was invited by Keran Johnson, the school’s retiring Library Media Specialist (she’s in full countdown mode).  We met last fall when … Continue reading

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Good Writing Talks to Your Soul

February can’t end soon enough. The snowstorm hit at the worst time, just as I am preparing to finish teaching my on-line class for authors who want to learn more about writing using the male POV. I have also just … Continue reading

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School visit to Oswego East High School

On February 15, I visited the Oswego East High School’s Reading Club where I did a book talk with members of the club and other individuals.  There attentive audience watched the Book Trailer for PULL, listened to a reading from the book … Continue reading

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Young Chicago Authors – the Area 17 ceremony

May 25, 2011, the culminating ceremony for the Area 17 Chicago Young Authors celebration was held at the Dr. Alexander Bouchet Math & Science Academy, and I was there as a guest of the coordinator, Tina Franklin-Bertrand.  Author B. A. … Continue reading

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Young Chicago Authors are GREAT writers

I spent today in Chicago judging at the annual Young Chicago writers competition, that includes poetry, fiction and instructional stories by kids from first grade through 8th. I am amazed at the quality of some of the writing there.  My … Continue reading

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Eighth grade school visits

In honor of National Library Week I did a bunch of school and library visits last week.  I’m finding these visits a blast, and loving the witty repartee with the students.  At least I was, until I walked into an 8th … Continue reading

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A visit to the Chicago Public Schools

I visited with Langston Hughes Elementary school on Chicago’s south side yesterday. I spent the d ay there, speaking with 2nd, 4th, 5th and 8th grade classes. Talk about the need to be versatile! What works for one group leaves the other … Continue reading

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