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Wisconsin and Missouri School Visits

Posted by Marsha
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on Sunday, 03 May 2009 in StoryMagician

Just returned from a wonderful two weeks of school visits in Wisconsin and Missouri. I usually do presentations and just a few writing workshops, but this trip, I did lots of writing workshops with groups from K to 8. I had a wonderful time!

I always talk about ideas for stories and also how an idea isn't a story, but needs well-defined characters and a strong plot to become a story. In my thank you notes from some of the younger students, they shared some of their ideas for stories:

The pencil that talks. (I might steal this one. :-) )

What you need to know about dinosaurs.

Learn the Spanish alphabet.

Babies attack me and my family. (Intriguing...and scary!)

Healthy foods. (Love this girl.)

A silent world. (Could this child be craving silence in this noisy world?)

A cupcake land. (Yum.)

Aliens versus robots.

The attack of the giant tarantulas. (HELP!)

Robot monkeys in space. (Brilliant.)

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