School & Library Visits
- You enjoy my writing
- You have your own stories to tell and you need someone to help you work out how
- You want to inspire your students
- Your students have read or studied my work
- You want your students to enjoy a unique creative experience
- Ideas: – finding them and getting the story started
- “Heroes & Villains” – learn how to make up your own characters and use them to create an action-packed story
- How to become a writer
- Turning an experience into a story
- Explore the writer in you
- Sessions designed around a particular topic, theme or piece of writing
I have done many school visits, including an Author-in-Residence, progressive workshops with children, and helping students to create and edit an anthology. I live in country Victoria, Australia and am happy to travel anywhere at home or abroad.
Email your details to: Dee*AT*deescribe*DOT*com*DOT*au, and I will get in touch with you.
Teacher’s Notes and Exercises
- Point of View – Tells you from whose view the story is being told.
Exercise: Write a short piece about what you ate for breakfast, then rewrite it from the point of view of the food.
- Beginnings, middles and ends - Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end.
Exercise: Take the last sentence of a story you like, and use it as the beginning in your own piece of writing.
- Plot - A plot is a plan or map of your story; deciding what is going to happen and when it will occur.
Exercise:Â Do you think it is necessary to plan a story before you write it? Explain your reasons?
- Setting – Setting gives a story credibility. It provides important information about where and when the story takes place.
Exercise: Why do you think many horror stories are set at night?
- The Story Problem -Every story needs a story problem which the main character must face. Conflict gives the main character something to do.
Exercise: You are writing a story about a teenager who is having an argument with a farmer. What do you think a source of conflict might be?