Kate Klise wrote her first book when she was ten years old, so she speaks with a certain authority when she encourages children to begin their writing careers now. With more than thirty books to her credit (picture books, early readers, middle grade novels, and one YA title), Kate relates well to students of all ages. When working with early readers (grades K-2, 30 minutes), Kate offers gentle advice about writing stories and invites students to create an original story on the spot. When presenting to older students (grades 3–6, 50 minutes), Kate focuses on the writing process: where she gets her ideas, how she writes her rough drafts, why the art of rewriting is so critical, and—yes!—how she comes up with all those punny names in the Regarding and 43 Old Cemetery Road series. In addition, Kate explains the classic elements of storytelling, including the importance of sending characters on journeys. In addition to large-group presentations, Kate also offers fiction and non-fiction writing workshops for smaller groups (30 students or less, 50 minutes). As a 15-year veteran for People magazine, Kate enjoys sharing her tips and tricks for writing on deadline. Over the years she’s taught countless students how to write colorful, compelling, and often hilarious People magazine-style stories about themselves and others.
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Online Master Class with Kate and Sarah Klise
In these fun and interactive online master classes, author Kate Klise and illustrator Sarah Klise share their best writing and drawing tips with students. After a brief primer on the basics of storytelling, the Klise sisters work with students to create a book on the spot using the children’s ideas and Sarah’s fast-moving pen. Students will come away from this online experience ready and excited to write and draw their own stories. The master class format works well with grades K-6. Plan on 35 minutes for grades K-1 and 50 minutes for grades 2 and above. The Klise sisters recommend dividing students by grade level for maximum benefit, but they’re flexible and ready to work with your school’s budget, schedule, and technology.