I don’t do as many school visits as children’s authors and YA/MG authors do, but I occasionally get to stop by and chat with a class or a school. Today I got to go back to my old elementary school — the same school I attended in the late seventies and early eighties — and talk to two of the 4th grade classes.
We talked about the process of writing and revising and getting feedback and submitting your work. We talked about practice, and how nothing is ever perfect, and none of us are born knowing how to write. We made up stories about mummies that came out of the TV and a memory-sucking vampire that had lived in the ceiling of the school for the past thirty years. (In both stories, tragically, the teacher was the first to fall victim to these threats 🙂 )
It was a great deal of fun. I love talking writing with kids. There’s so much energy and enthusiasm and excitement. And sure, classrooms now have these weird Smart Boards that I never quite figured out how to use, but that’s okay.
Both classes had kids who were talking about wanting to write more of the stories we talked about, either rewriting them with their own ideas, or doing follow-up stories. And if a bunch of kids came out of those sessions feeling excited about writing and storytelling and creativity, I’m counting that as a win.
The box of chocolates they gave me as a thank you is a nice bonus 😉
Thank you to Mrs. Huss’ and Mrs. Fulk’s classes for letting me spend some of the afternoon with you!
November 20, 2014 @ 11:40 am
That’s pretty cool. I don’t recall any guest speakers in grammar school, other than the visit from the firemen showing us their truck and giving us the sticker for our window. I do, however, still remember my fourth grade teacher fondly, as she used to read to us after lunch each day. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and SuperFudge I can still hear in her voice. Can’t beat teachers like that. 🙂