School Presentations

Bill teaches and presents his work to children, teens, and adults. Here are a list of his current presentations. He does prepare unique presentations, as well, even at a moment’s notice, so if these don’t scratch the itch, drop him a line.

P.S. Blog materials connect to many of the presentation topics. Feel free to use them in your classroom!

Duck Boy – The Journey (grade 4 – grade 12: 45 minutes). This is the story of a 16-year process from when the story was initially written, to its publication. It’s the story of perseverance, and how to engage the writing process.

Moon Canoe – The Journey (K – grade 3: 45 minutes). This presentation explores where stories come from and how books are made. The main point is this: anyone can write a story and make a picture book.

How to outline your story (Grades 9-12: 1 to 1.5 hours). How do you start writing a novel? How do you figure out “what happens next”? This session focuses on popular novel writing approaches with exercises from each major approach and examples taken from Bill’s experience. Teachers may want to see Bill’s amazing plot guide.

How to write an amazing scene (Grades 6-12: 1 hour). Have you ever wondered how to write a scene that will grab your readers? How do you get into it? What can you do to ‘live’ the scene and make it easier to write and wonderful to read?

I’ve got a novel, now what? (Grades 9 – adult: 1 hour). You have something you want to publish. What are your options? How does each option work? What are the pros and cons of each?

Let’s write a story! (Grades 7 — 9: 1 hour). Stories can be written lots of different ways. Bill discusses two different ways to write a story and shows how it can be easy to write a story with some good inspiration. Bill discusses the seeds of his stories throughout the presentation.

I want to be a writer, what can I do? (Grades 9 – adult: 1 hour). This session explores options to help a person on the road to becoming a writer. What kind of route might one plan in order to become a published author?

On your mark. Get set. Write! (Grades 6 – 12: 1 hour) A good story begins with something that makes you want to write. Call it inspiration. Call it a good idea. Bill explores a range of things that might motivate a person to write a story. He explains what motivated him to write along the way.

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