Brenda Maier is an elementary gifted education specialist and mother of five. As a board member of the Oklahoma Association for the Gifted, Creative, and Talented, she presents at state gifted conferences each year. She is also an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Her debut book, The Little Red Fort, has received positive reviews from Horn Book Review, Booklist, Kirkus, School Library Journal, and more. She resides in Oklahoma. You can find her at brendamaier.com.
Making It Happen: How an Idea Becomes a Book
In this engaging presentation about persistence, picture book author Brenda Maier uses a slide show, props, and audience volunteers to demonstrate how an idea is made into a book. She finishes with a reading of the story, and her goal is for students to leave feeling like they can do anything if they’re willing to persevere and problem solve.
Assembly Required: Creating a Retelling Together
After a fun “pop quiz” on literary tools (terms), author Brenda Maier shows how she changed things like the characters, setting, and problem to create a retelling. She invites the audience to change elements of the folktale, The Little Red Hen, to investigate how one element of a story affects another. Includes readings of original and The Little Red Fort.
The Structure of a Story: Small Group Workshop
Grades 4-5; limit of 25 participants
In this presentation, Brenda Maier will show students how using structure can make writing much easier. Whether it’s a plot diagram, paragraph, or essay, these structures can be thought of as blue prints for your writing.