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General Overview of Workshops
My EXPERIENCE as a teacher includes four years in elementary and high schools, as well as ten years of teaching university English (with a special interest in Children's Literature). I have made over 300 author visits to schools, giving readings, presentations and workshops.
PRESENTATIONS are to any age group or size of audience. For approximately 55 minutes, I talk about everyday experience as viewed through the eyes of a writer, using anecdotes and humorous examples. Presentations to Division One students work best in shorter time allotments.
A variety of WORKSHOPS in Fiction are available for Elementary, Jr. High and High School Students. All workshops lead students through a writing process, with specific assignments. Depending on the age grouping, the sessions are: Storyboarding, Chapter Books, Mysteries, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Thrillers, Action/Adventure and Romance.
I've found that WORKSHOPS in Poetry work best for upper elementary and older students. Using examples from my own work, I usually explore one or more topics: the clear image; the narrative or story in a poem; or the physical arrangements of words on the page.
In all workshops, students will WRITE for a significant length of time.
EVALUATIONS AND EDITING: These are
separate from workshop instruction
sessions. Please contact me for rates and
For a more
detailed breakdown of WORKSHOPS and
contents, click HERE.
I also give ADULT SESSIONS or IN-SERVICES for teachers and parents, on a variety of topics:
1. Modules for Teaching: The use of hypertext strategies or formulaic fictions (such as mysteries and romance) in everyday classroom instruction.
2. The Writing Catalyst: People of all ages write best by putting an imaginative "spin" to an everyday object or event;
3. The Young Reluctant Reader: Comic books and popular novels as a means to developing the rich potential of young people intimidated by reading.
4. Other topics include Humor in the Classroom, Teaching the Mystery, Poetry as a Process.
Questions? Contact me at:
E-mail Dr. Lyle Weis