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Want to bring an author to your classroom or book club? Need a workshop for your professional conference?

Presentations can be tailored to the ages and interests of your group.
Just let me know in advance if there's anything special you'd like me to talk about.

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March 12

Writing workshop:
It All Depends on How You Look At It: Point of View in Fiction
Saturday Seminar Series
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT
9am - noon

Open to everyone!
Writing workshop details and registration information.

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Find out how to make your author visit a success from an experienced library media specialist.

Read the ABCs of a successful author visit from SCBWI.

“Stacy’s program was terrific. She kept her audience in rapt attention, and judging by the multitude of hands waving in the air at the program’s end, she also sparked quite a few imaginations. Stacy is a friendly, knowledgeable speaker and I would heartily recommend her.”

                               -- Marla Martin
                                  Woodbury Public Library
                                  Woodbury,  Connecticut


These presentations are suitable for small groups (up to 50) and can be tailored to upper elementary, middle school, or high school students. Please allow 50 minutes or one class period for each presentation. I can schedule up to four presentations in one day.

The Dictionary Game

In this group writing exercise, we will randomly select five words (no cheating) from the fattest dictionary available. Using those five words, we will begin a story that has all the basic elements a good story needs:            
            story problem

By the time we finish our story beginning, everyone will be asking the question that’s music to any writer’s ears: “What happens next?!” But we’ll interrupt that request to define and explore those story elements, so we can learn how and why they make a story irresistible (and prove that students can write their own irresistible stories, with or without a really fat dictionary).

Researching Fiction: Getting the Facts Straight Even When You're Making Things Up

Research is required to write any book, even a contemporary, realistic novel. From train schedules and the cost of a train ticket to life in Italy during World War II, I'll discuss the kinds of research I did for my own novels, and how facts can make fiction come to life.

How an Idea Becomes a Book

Using samples from my books, I show the stages in creating a book, from rough draft to revisions to finished book. I talk briefly about research techniques and how students can use them in their own projects. There will be time for a question and answer period.

Every Life Tells a Story

A more in-depth exploration of researching and writing a biography, using Sacagawea as an example. We discuss how to choose the best sources, and what to do if sources provide conflicting information. We talk about how to find interesting information that brings the past to life, and how to use creative writing techniques to add spark to the story.


Full Revelations of a Professional Storyteller (After Ten Years' Experience)

Story ideas can come from the most unlikely places. The secret is to be open to all possibilities.

How one story idea percolated for ten years, and finally came to life with the help of a 700-year-old legend and the advice of a 19th-century rat catcher.

Point of View in Fiction

In this workshop we’ll demonstrate how point of view (POV) is more than writing “I” or “he/she.” We'll try our hand at writing one scene from three different points of view: in first person; in third person “close” viewpoint, and in third person omniscient viewpoint.  We’ll learn how POV affects narrative style, focus, and emotion in fiction.

Voice in Young Adult Fiction

"Voice" is the writer's personality on the page. In this hands-on workshop, we compare published examples of distinct voices in literature, and then try exercises that help each writer unlock his or her own unique writing personality.

Your Foot in the Door: Query Letters that Work

How do you get editors to read your stories even at "closed houses"? With a great query letter! Learn when to send a query, what information to include, and how a query is different from a cover letter.