New York Times bestselling author Michael Northrop grew up in a small town in New England and currently lives in New York City. A former baseball editor at Sports Illustrated Kids and one-time standup comedian, he is an energetic and entertaining speaker. His books cover a range of ages/reading levels, from middle grade to teen. His novels have been named Best Children’s Books of the Year by the New York Public Library, the Los Angeles Public Library, and the Bank Street College of Education; they have been included on numerous state reading lists and selected for NPR’s Backseat Book Club. You can find out more at www.michaelnorthrop.net.
Would, Could, Will!
This is a writing workshop in which Michael talks with students about his writing process and helps them write their own stories. His approach to writing, which he calls the would/could method, is fun and easy for students to learn and use. In this energetic exercise, kids either write their own stories or work together to write one as a class.
Take Me to Your Reader
Michael begins by discussing a realistic and personal approach to reading, sharing his story of being diagnosed as dyslexic as a kid. He repeated second grade and was a classic “reluctant reader” for years after that. He talks to students about finding the sort of reading that works for them. Michael then transitions to the topic of writing. He discusses his early years as a sportswriter, covering such events as the Super Bowl, and how that informed his approach to fiction. He shares stories about how he came up with the ideas for his novels, and then he discusses the research, writing, and editing processes to show how those ideas became finished books. He ends the presentation with a lively Q&A.
Michael’s presentation can be customized to focus on different novels, including Plunked (middle grade sports), TombQuest (middle grade with an emphasis on ancient Egypt), Surrounded by Sharks (a middle grade/teen survival tale) and Trapped (teen survival).