Deborah Wiles Author Visit Kit
Personal narrative is the backbone of all storytelling, all history, and all fiction. Deborah starts from there. She structures an author visit day as instructional time—she teaches—and she partners with your teachers.
Deborah sometimes works an entire day with teachers. Sometimes she works with teachers after school or as one of four sessions in a day’s author visit. She goes into detail with teachers and demonstrate the skills she is teaching their students in workshop or assembly. They work together on teaching personal narrative writing, and teachers finish the day with useful tools and methods to add to their writers’ toolboxes, while working in their classrooms with young writers.
Deborah writes picture books and novels for children. She is also a freelance writer. She writes essays and features for adults. She writes in many different genres, for all ages. Her books span from PreK to young adult. Deborah received an MFA in writing from Vermont College.
I believe in teaching. I have been teaching writing for over 20 years in various settings from elementary school through college. I have taught and learned from teachers across the country. I taught “Writing Techniques for Teachers” (ECED422) at Towson University and have taught in the MFA programs at Lesley University and Vermont College.
Deborah believes in teachers. She supports and partners with your teachers and your writing goals, to help your students improve their personal narrative writing skills—skills that are tested and scored frequently throughout their academic careers. All teachers attend assemblies with their students and bring notebooks, as Deborah in-services teachers while she works with their students. She offers an after-school workshop with teachers as well, to delve deeper into the concepts she presents in assembly.
Suggested Audience: K–8
4 presentations per day maximum
Students in grades four and up bring their notebooks to assembly. Students in grades K-3 do finger writing. Deborah uses her published books and many others as mentor texts, to show how personal experiences find their way into writing for personal expression, including fiction. Everyone leaves assembly with stories to tell and ways to tell them: all those text-to-self and -world connections. In addition, teachers leave with tools they can immediately use to augment their writing toolboxes. Deborah tell stories across the curriculum, and in all genres. It’s a writing intensive, and it’s fun at the same time. Lots of laughter, and lots of hard work.
Deborah can work with very large groups provided she has excellent sound, attentive and participating teachers, and engaged students who are able to sit comfortably. She tailors each assembly for each grade and age; for students in middle and high schools, she takes a different approach. Deborah does show slides, and she does a similar talk, geared for them. She talks about inquiry-based learning and research, as this is a backbone of Countdown and the Sixties Trilogy.
Deborah can do up to four 45- to 60-minute assembly programs in a day. She can eat lunch with students and/or teachers. She can sign books. She can do an after-school workshop with teachers. Each school has its particular needs and schedule, and she is sensitive to that, and flexible—together you will structure a day to fit your scheduling challenges, content needs, and curricular goals.
Deborah also does writing residencies, working with a select grade or grades for extended periods—a week, three days, two. You will work these out in advance, together.
Deborah's published books are the backbone of the assembly. The better students know the books, the more they will take from assembly and the more teachers will be able to work with these ideas. She will supply you with a list of which books are best for each grade grouping or, if you prefer, you can assign particular books to each grade that suit your curriculum goals, and she can work from there. Deborah uses familiar books by other authors as mentor texts as well, and will supply you with a list of these to use after your time together.
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