October 30th, 2011

Anyone else doing school visits?

As part of my overall plan for world domination, getting myself and my work known, I'm looking to develop a long-term, working relationship with local schools.

Last Wednesday, I visited the good folks at Lakehurst Elementary school in Lakehurst, New Jersey, to give my I are a writer! presentation. I did two assemblies, K thru 4th grade and 5th thru 8th grade.

I can't speak for the audience, but I had a lot of fun. The kids were engaged and well-behaved. I was impressed with their questions, and pleasantly surprised to discover that more than a few of the older ones wrote fiction outside of school - one of the moms there told me her 7th grader has already written a novel, the 4th grade daughter of an another had written a play! 

The school also  booked me to give the first three modules of my Fun with Fiction program to the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes over the next three months, so I've added the books they're currently reading in class to my tbr pile. I've already started on Charlotte's Web which, as believe I've mentioned before, has one my favorite opening lines: 'Where's Papa going with that ax?'


Anyone else doing school visits?

I'd love to hear about your experiences, and any advice you'd care to share.


A couple of writerly-type events




I'm taking part in a couple of A couple of NJAN (New Jersey Authors' Network) events during the next week. If you'd like to come along, we'd love to see you there.



NJAN Panel/Q&A: GETTING PUBLISHED

Tuesday, November 1st 7:00pm
Cherry Hill Library, 1100 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08034-191103
Featuring:
JON GIBBS (moderator); DANIELLE ACKLEY-McPHAIL; KRISTIN BATTESTELLA; JENNIFER R. HUBBARD; JONATHAN MABERRY; MIKE McPHAIL



Saturday, November 5th, 2011 (noon - 3:00pm)
Book Fair at Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, NJ 08527
Come and help us celebrate Jackson Library's 10th anniversary -
Featuring NJAN members:
Danielle Ackley-McPhail; Lee Barwood; John DeJesus; J. B. DiNizo; Walt Ecklof; Mickey Flagg; Jon Gibbs; J. J. Lair; Mike McPhail; Jeff Markowitz; Caridad Pineiro; Mike Rushnak and M. Kate Quinn


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