Young readers? Once upon a Poodle takes colorful dog tales to a sweet and funny good ending and into the next chapter of reading: The Adventures of the Poodle Posse. This transitional series picks up the trail and carries it forward with great doggone adventures sure to tickle your funny bone.Learn More
Where do you begin a story? How do the illustrations get drawn and placed? What makes a good story anyway? How does a book become a book? How can I tap into being creative? Why is it important to ask ‘what if’? All of this and more in my author presentations that teach kiddos about author/illustrator roles and how the whole thing comes together. Includes practice for their own storytelling, interactive prompts and lots of Q & A.
One of the things that sets me apart from some author visits are creative and non-fiction writing workshops. Designed for students from grades 2+, I take my 25+ years as a feature magazine writer, ten years as a children’s author and put it all together to help develop skills on a variety of levels.
How do I teach creative writing? Headlines, opening sentences, brainstorming ideas, when writer’s block strikes, proofreading work, how books become books & more. All sorts of cool tips, ideas and instruction gets picked up and absorbed into a child’s own creative processes. And the next thing you know, they’ve tapped into a little storytelling of their own.
Primary school visits are tweaked and crafts and activities added, offering complete storytime/young reader programs based on the stories in the books: summer, winter, bullying and Halloween themes are the most popular. Flexible programs allow for ‘comp’ books and crafts for each participant to take home.
Adult talks on the writing process (self-publishing vs. traditional) include all aspects of navigating the process and moving manuscripts from rough drafts into finished manuscripts. Special library rates apply for single programs. More info firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Book Creatives
So who is Chrysa Smith? Let’s see– I’ve been writing freelance magazine features for over 20 years–on everything from celebrity chefs and resorts to homing pigeons and pot-bellied pigs. In return, I not only received bylines in magazines such as Pool & Spa Living, Bucks County Magazine, Philly Style, Design NJ, The Cooperator and others, I gained invaluable experiences—both in writing and learning about people, places and things. With a Mom’s Choice Silver Medal for excellence in Juvenile Fiction, a top pick on Amazon Children’s Bookshelf and an endorsement from The Dove Foundation, I’m well-versed in both fiction and non-fiction writing.
Pat Achilles is a talented Bucks County, Pennsylvania illustrator with several book designs and her own line of custom greeting cards, cartoons and other doodles. She runs the regional illustrators group, has illustrated numerous children’s and adult books, and her work has been on display at the Philadelphia Sketch Society. It can be seen on posters in regional theater, newspapers and magazines and has graced the desks and walls of many a delighted recipient of her cards and cartoons at www.achillesportfolio.com. Pat has been a key part in the success of my children’s series.
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Two of the books have received Mom’s Choice Awards for excellence in family-friendly media.
Programs are designed to meet the specific needs of each school.
The series has received accolades from book review services, teachers and librarians.
From daytime school visits to family reading nights and weekend book fairs, I make myself available to be at your event.
Ten years as a children’s author. Over two decades of writing feature magazine articles.
I work with schools within their budgets, tweaking details to make visits successful for everyone.
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