I have been teaching eight to eleven year olds for over 30 years
and I know my audience well.
My presentation consists of an introduction to myself and my work, and
a reading followed by questions from the audience. I discuss where ideas
come from, how my books came about, my own experiences getting published
and many aspects of the writing process. I usually finish the session
with a short reading as well.
As I do not rigidly plan out my sessions in advance it allows each one
[in consultation with the teachers] to be unique to the group I am working
with and ensures that the children get as much from the sessions as possible.
I discuss how I get ideas and show how I develop these ideas into a story.
The overall aim of my sessions is to be entertaining, informative and
stimulating so that children are left feeling enthusiastic and excited
about the writing process and their own writing.
For fees and further details contact the author at GerryOB@gmail.com
Thanks to Mr. O'Brien's Library visit, our class is writing more than
ever before! His 'Hook Book' [writing ideas book] has become this season's
students are putting into practise many other great writing tips that
Mr. O'Brien suggested!
Bubba Begonia and his classmates have become instant celebrities with
students literally lining up for a chance to read about them!
- Ms Amy Doucette, Teacher, St Catherine's School, Halifax, Nova Scotia
reading/workshop was excellent. The children listened to his every word
and were involved with the thought process during his session. Great learning
experience for everyone. They were very excited and are still talking
about the ideas and how he read his story to them.
teacher/librarian, Queen Elizabeth School, Kensington, PEI.