Children's Book Author Dashka Slater Does School Visits

hi I'm – kiss later the author of baby shoes firefighters in the dark and the sea serpent and me when I come to schools I often start by asking kids to tell me who loves writing and who hates writing me I fall into both categories I love telling stories and I love seeing my books on the shelves in a bookstore but in between the idea and publication I often hate writing mostly I hate this the blank page so when I come to schools I talk with kids about different strategies I use to make the blank page a little less scary to do that I take them through the whole process of writing one of my books this was the idea for my book the sea serpent in me I started it when I was 10 years old but like a lot of ideas it was great at the beginning and then I didn't really know what to do with it so the kids helped me act out different strategies like brainstorming doing research getting to know your characters and taking that beginning and giving it a middle with rising action and falling action and a resolution at the end they also meet some of my trusted readers who always seemed to have really big butts as in I really liked it – ca' but I hate the butts when all is said and done we've gone through the whole process of writing rewriting finding an illustrator and we've learned how these same techniques apply to the kids own writing all this plus props slides volunteers from the audience puppets a whole lot of silliness and a 5 to 10 minute question and answer session at the end so if you'd like to have me come to your school please contact me through my website I am dying to get away from the blank page

2 thoughts on “Children's Book Author Dashka Slater Does School Visits

  1. LOL I love this video! You're so adorable! Though I'm not published yet, I hate the same things; the area between the story and the published books. 🙂

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