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Lamar, Paul Read a Play. See the Play. Literature- Other
Participants read aloud a play that is to be performed in the area. The group then goes to see the production, either together or individually. After seeing it, the group debriefs and takes up the next play. In addition, actors/directors/crew of the productions often attend the workshop to shed light on characters, rehearsal techniques, artistic decisions, etc.
$101- $200
Davis, Katie Great Storytelling in Words and Pictures Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
Beginning: How to draw great characters, brainstorm, and create a ‘voice’ for characters. Middle: Establish plot, setting, and conflict. End: Edit and re-write the story and create a resolution! Assemblies: Katie teaches story construction, sequencing, how ideas transform from thought to published book. Audience learns to do drawings of emotions, Katie shares her own mistakes, and teaches skills students can use when creating their own stories. Highly interactive program - audience helps write a story; volunteers make different emotional expressions. Katie draws their faces on the characters and together they create a new narrative with emphasis on beginning, middle and end. Workshops: brainstorming, plotting, descriptive narrative, and character development. Illustration: Katie teaches HOW TO SEE so you’re able to illustrate any story you write. Dear Katie, I'm usually 'ho-hum' when it comes to author visits. You were one to change my mind! You were...the best ever writing session, and I truly mean it! Jayne Pitt, teacher
$1001- $3000
Rowe, Elizabeth Folktales from around the World Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
International folktales to delight, inspire, captivate and amuse the young and the young at heart. Ideal for family audiences. Includes participatory stories, fables, riddle stories, poems, moral tales and literature.
$201- $350
Storytellers, Beauty & the Beast Author Visits Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss are award winning authors and recording artists and would be happy to visit your school in that capacity. They will tell stories, give tips on telling, and answer any questions students have. Their story collections include world tales that have been rewritten so that they are accessible for telling by children. After seeing Mitch and Martha tell stories, students will be excited about telling tales themselves. Storytelling is a fun activity that is highly educational. All the story books have tips for telling which make it possible for teachers to have each student (second grade and up) choose a different tale, learn it, and share it in front of classmates. Those who choose to do so can tell for other classes as well. Some of the tales are simple and short enough that they can then be retold by first graders and even kindergartners. Mitch and Martha's performances will also serve as catalysts for creative writing.
$1001- $3000
Tomecek, Stephen Inventing A Better World History,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors
Science celebrity and award-winning author Steve The Dirtmeister Tomecek takes a wild and wacky look at the history of inventions. Drawing on his book, What a Great Idea, Inventions That Changed the World, Steve engages participants with stories of great inventors and inventions.This high-energy show is especially designed for family audiences and encourages participants to explore their inventive side by challenging them to create and construct some inventions of their own. Beginning with early stone tools, participants discover how simple machines such as the wedge, lever, and inclined plane were used by our ancestors to not only put food on the table, but help them build some extraordinary structures, many of which are still standing today. Traveling through time, we look at how simple advances in building techniques coupled with the wheel and axle helped to propel people forward and make the industrial revolution possible. We conclude with the fascinating story of the development of electricity and how it opened the door for everything from light bulbs and motors to cellphones and lasers. After the presentation Steve will be available to meet and greet audience members and autograph copies of some of his books.
$201- $350
Moore, Kathleen The story's written, what now? Revision! Literature- Creative Writing
This program is for writers, so it works best for adults, teens, and some pre-teens. For this class, every participant must bring in a piece of writing they've completed. I'll go over the basics of revision: how to evaluate the content for both areas that need improvement and areas that are done well, and why grammar and spelling are the last step in revision (not the first step, as writers so often believe). Then the participants will break up into groups of two and begin helping each other revise, as I moderate. Alternatively, for younger writers: they can read a segment of their writing, and I can moderate a group discussion of it. The focus is very much on helping writers find not only weaknesses but also their strengths. Participants are taught to say: This was done well, you need to keep this part, I liked these things for this reason. Then, they're allowed to discuss areas that need improvement, but only by offering specifics ("This confused me" is good criticism; "I didn't like this" is not helpful at all).
Up to $100
Szydlowski, Mary Web Resources for Writers Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Literature- Other
Discussion of the resources available to writers on the Internet including: information on various writing organizations; how to locate literary agents; finding publisher listings, locating specific markets for your work; using writer's guidelines; identifying writing scams;selling your work on the web to content aggregators,online magazines,and anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul (themed) books; and writers' support groups.
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane Tales of Enchantment History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Enter the world of fairy tales where magic is only a moment away, and lessons about how to live are expressed through vivid symbols. For younger children, Diane brings to life classic fairy tales like Snow White and Rose Red and Bee, Mouse, Harp and Bum-Clock, an unusual ‘Jack’ tale. When Jack returns home with dancing bugs instead of beans, the fun and magic really begin! For older students, Diane explores the oral tradition through Arthurian legends and ancient Irish tales such as the humorous Sir Gawain and Loathly Lady. Enchant your audiences with the beauty and magic of traditional tales.
$351- $500
Schaufler, Alison Robin Hood Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Performing Arts- Theater
Robin Hood (Recommended K-8) Robin Hood is an adventurous tale of a hero who lived during the reign of the greedy and jealous Prince John. Through the creation of new taxes and laws, the poor were unable to survive the economic hardships of everyday living. Good people were forced to hide in Sherwood Forest for fear of dreadful consequences. Robin of Loxley was brave enough to stand up to this cruelty! Through this action-packed story, we hope to educate the students about the importance of perseverance and leadership.
$351- $500
Del Bianco, Lou Hans Christion Andersen Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The most exciting performer in the field.- BILLBOARD MAGAZINE A one man musical entertainment! 45 minutes of music and stories like the Kings New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, Thumbelina and lots more. All of these stories teach us something about ourselves.
$351- $500
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