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Denise Gosliner Orenstein Author Visit Kit

Grades

3–5, 6–8

Denise Gosliner Orenstein is the author of four novels for children. She is a graduate of Bennington College and Brown University. Her career in education includes teaching at American University in Washington, D.C. as well as in bush villages throughout the state of Alaska. She has cooked for for an Alaskan village prison, worked as a PEN prison writing mentor, taught literature classes and assisted in a canine therapy program for inmates. Most recently, as head of a school for children with learning differences, she introduced a curriculum based on two rescued Shetland ponies.

Denise lives in Northampton, MA. 

Description of the Author’s Presentation

Writing as Adventure

30-60 minutes

This presentation will discuss writing as adventureand as an opportunity to discover aspects of oneself, as well as other cultures. The author will speak to students about her own path to writing and how she has been able to transform personal experiences into fiction. The importance of stream-of-consciousness expression will be emphasized and students will participate in several writing exercises. Students will be encouraged to express themselves without initially worrying about writing mechanics.

Conference and Festival Appearances

Writing as Adventure

30-60 minutes

This presentation will discuss writing as adventureand as an opportunity to discover aspects of oneself, as well as other cultures. The author will speak to students about her own path to writing and how she has been able to transform personal experiences into fiction. The importance of stream-of-consciousness expression will be emphasized and students will participate in several writing exercises. Students will be encouraged to express themselves without initially worrying about writing mechanics.

Virtual Visits

Denise is available for 30 minute virtual visits with students, teachers, book and library visits utilizing Skype or FaceTime.

 

AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits

Denise doesn’t require any AV materials for visits. She will bring her own computer.

Honorarium

Denise is flexible about honoraria for her visits and is happy to consider all requests from schools and groups.

Ordering Books

Schools and libraries may order books at a discounted rate by visiting The Scholastic Teacher Store or by calling 1-800-SCHOLASTIC.

Susan Cheyney

GRADES: 1-2
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