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.
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.