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What do kids say about an Adrian Fogelin author visit?

Eighth grader, Geoff DeGroot, of Thomas E. Weightman Middle School in Wesley Chapel, Florida says:  “I go crazy for Adrian Fogelin books”.

“I never realized that you can start a whole story just by looking at a single shoe.” – Bea

“I’ve always loved to write but haven’t had the inspiration to write anything since 5th grade. When you came, you reminded me of how fun writing can be and I am so excited to start up again.” – Meggie

“The author was very funny and goofy. I would like to be just like Adrian Fogelin when I grow up.”

“I really learned a lot and went home and shared it all with my family. I now look at books and stories in a totally different perspective. You taught me to write from the character’s point of view. I would like to be an author exactly like you when I get older.” – Jessica

“The author I think was kind of a kid. She had a wonderful imagination.”

“After school on Monday I rushed to my room and started to write a short story. It is about a girl who is painfully shy who runs away…” – Maura


What do teachers say about an Adrian Fogelin author visit?

I really appreciate the time you spent with us. Afterwards I began reflecting about where and how I can begin implementing some of the activities you shared. Not only were your ideas innovative, but you also worked so well with the kids! Thank you for making me feel refreshed and energized about writing and teaching fiction.

Julie Mattock

I have had the pleasure of scheduling an author visit by Adrian Fogelin for our school. I honestly don't think I have ever had more value for monies spent! Her stories, activities, and relations with our staff and students all exceeded expectations. The first time I met Adrian and introduced her to our Assistant Principal the administrator remarked that her own granddaughter had recently had the opportunity to complete a writer’s workshop with Adrian in Tallahassee. Adrian not only recalled the workshop, she specifically remembered the child and was able to relate details from her writing to share with her proud grandmother. It is that highly personalized manner that is so remarkable.

Adrian's visit will result in students hearing wonderful stories, and learning how to connect personal experiences with their writing. Adrian makes a huge impact on their writing motivation and skill level. Adrian also presented a writing workshop to our faculty, staff and parents on the importance of journal writing. Her ideas were easily integrated into lessons which made for even greater student impact. The power of Adrian Fogelin easily transfers into the school's collective power of the pen!

Elaine Aaron
Silver Ridge Elementary
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Adrian Fogelin visits Sacred Heart Model School in Louisville, Kentucky!
Imagine a library filled with shoes…
Imagine a city under siege by snow and students of all ages eager to write!

Carol Kraemer and Betty Prough

Lake County Library System was lucky enough to host Adrian Fogelin as a visiting author during our Festival of Reading in 2007. She spoke at 3 middle schools and one public library on what I still refer to as "Adrian Fogelin Day" and charmed listeners both young and old. Several of our school media specialists have discussed using book fair profits to hire Adrian to come to their school. Spending time with Adrian Fogelin is something you'll cherish forever just as I do.

You may have hired high maintenance authors in the past, but don't worry—Adrian isn't like that at all. She's likely to become your new friend after her author visit.

Linda Goff , Youth Services Coordinator
Lake County Library System
Tavares, Florida

The Author Visit

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Invite me to your school for a day (or more). I typically work with students from third grade through high school but I understand that money for author visits is tight. If a school can hire only one author, all the school’s students should benefit. To accommodate students too young to read my books I recently added an interactive storytelling program for K-2 students. The K-2 program works well even if the number of students is high.

I do entertaining and informative auditorium presentations but prefer the give-and-take of working with smaller groups (one or two classes at a time). In order to keep the number of students in each session moderate I will do as many as six sessions a day. A session typically lasts from forty-five minutes to an hour depending on the school’s schedule. I am flexible and am happy to work with you on arrangements that suit your school.

Here are some of the things I cover in a session:

  • How did I become an author?
  • Where do my ideas come from?
  • How do books get published? (I show a manuscript, editorial comments, a galley, an unbound book)
  • What ingredients do you need to tell a story?
  • Then comes the really fun part. The group creates a character. We then experiment with different plot forms such as the AHA! plot, or the JOURNEY plot. Participants often sit right down and spontaneously write the story immediately after the program. One class created a character named “Wilson.” The students demanded that Wilson be given a place on the seating chart. Those students had discovered what all authors know—characters are real.
  • I read excerpts from my books, sometimes from a work in progress to give students a sneak peek of what's coming next.

Think Like an Author Creative Writing Workshop

Intriguing props make my “Think Like an Author” writing workshop a hit, even with your reluctant writers.

I designed “Think Like an Author” for a public library in a poor rural community where the young people were deeply suspicious of writing—even reading. Traditional creative writing exercises just weren’t going to work. Instead, I presented the kids with objects, pictures, smells. The “work” of writing turned into a game. Confidence grew! Writing became cool! Before they knew it, even the most reluctant writers in the group were creating wonderful stories.

Prompts include wrapped boxes with mysterious contents, keys, a shard of ancient Indian pottery, a pair of wingtip shoes, scraps of colored paper, and an ancient book bearing the inscription: “Open with extreme caution. Ignore warning at your own peril.” Intrigued? Young writers are too.

The exercises are loads of fun, but they will also help your students achieve the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts. Narrative writing technique will be covered in detail: using concrete words, phrases and sensory detail to convey events; the use of dialogue, description and pacing; and organizing and managing a sequence of events.

I need a full class period (around an hour) to conduct a basic writing workshop but love working with students longer. Students will work with the main elements of fiction writing: plot, character, and setting.“Think Like an Author” is enjoyed by writers age ten and up.

*Note: Some of the exercises from the writing workshop are done verbally during a typical school visit, giving kids a taste of the writing process.

Note: If you have attended my creative writing workshop you will find my “Think Like an Author” handout here.

A Life in Words: Journal/Memoir Workshop

I’ve kept journals off and on since the fourth grade. Lots of them are illustrated!

Want to live your life twice? Write it down. The value of journal-keeping is hard to overstate. Our journals remind us of who we were, they clarify our dreams, they leave a record that can be passed on. The hard part is getting started. This workshop is about beginning what becomes for many a lifelong journey.

To get things started I share some of my own journals, including my fourth grade lock-and-key special, the tiny notebook I kept in high school, my college journal (complete with illustrations) and the “writers’ journals” I now keep. A series of stimulating exercises help participants begin putting words on paper.

This program works particularly well as an after-school activity or as a Saturday or evening event at a public library. Especially rewarding outcomes occur when the group is inter-generational. Working as writing peers, young and old are equally enriched by each other’s experiences. Participants will need to bring photographs and personal mementos. This workshop is appropriate for middle school students up.

Click to see a bibliography of books for young journal keepers...

In-Service Workshops for Teachers and Librarians
Want to teach the “Think Like an Author” program yourself? I conduct workshops that give teachers and librarians a fresh approach to selling creative writing to students. You will receive a handout detailing the exercises and many tips on getting imaginative work out of any young writer.

The best part is that you get to write too. Participants will do the exercises they will take back to their school or library. Add a plate of brownies and you have a perfect after school program, or half-day workshop. (In the shorter version, which can be as brief as one hour, participants do less writing).

I also teach my Journal/Memoir workshop as an in-service session. Bringing writing into the daily life of library and school staff will enrich teaching skills and life in general. Teachers always tell me, “But I don’t have time!” My response is that if you don’t keep a journal you really don’t have time. It passes and it’s gone. Keeping a journal helps give life, which is a pretty chaotic affair. order and meaning.

This workshop is a genuinely enjoyable experience—despite the fact that we often need a big box of Kleenex.