I would love to visit your school and spend some time with your students.
I have many years of teaching experience.
�The Friends School, Baltimore, MD
�The Park School, Baltimore, MD
�Johns Hopkins University, (B.A., M.A.)
�Assistant Professor, Department of the Writing Seminars
�Founder and Producing Director, Theater Lab
�Instructor, Center for Talented Youth
�Assistant Professor, Master of Liberal Arts program
�College of Notre Dame of Maryland
�Tsubu the Little Snail
�American Booksellers Association, Pick of the Lists
�Marion Vannett Ridgway Honor Book Award for Picture Book Writing
�Included on the award-winning CD,
�A People With One Heart,�
by Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues
�Nominee, 2009 SCBWI Golden Kite Award for best picture book text
�Maryland State Arts Council Individual
Artist Award for Excellence in Playwriting
�Eugene O�Neill National Playwright
It is always my great pleasure to interact directly with my readers. The following presentations can be individually tailored to your group.
After reading the story, we discuss Bella�s personality and predicament and the many ways the book tells us and shows us how Bella feels. This session is a nice way to simultaneously explore emotions and the art of the picture book.
The Making of a Book: Booming Bella
This presentation of all the actual steps in the making of the book�from manuscript to final copy, preliminary art sketches to final publication�is an eye-opener for children and teachers. The children are always surprised by the ongoing process, down to last minute changes. This is a great discussion of the process of rewriting, and the art of the picture book.
Story to Stage
This interactive workshop teaches the fundamental differences between a story and a play. Children examine the story for what is not needed on stage, and what is. At the end, we �stand up� the finished play.
This workshop explores the basics of creating a character. As a group the class will create a character, minus any physical descriptions. Each child will then draw or paint his/her visualization of the character. It is always such a fun surprise to discover the many different ways these young artists �see� their characters!
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Society of Children�s Book Writers and Illustrators
The Authors Guild