Elise Broach

Elise Broach lives in Connecticut and is the author of nearly thirty award-winning, bestselling books for children. She writes picture books, early chapter books, and middle-grade novels. Her middle-grade mystery, Masterpiece, was a New York Times bestseller and the winner of the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award, and her picture book When Dinosaurs Came with Everything was named Time Magazine’s #1 Children’s Book of the Year. When she’s not writing children’s books, Elise teaches creative writing at Yale University and works as a writer/editor for the Scholastic magazines.

Elise loves talking to schoolchildren of all ages about the writing process, story structure, and how to write mysteries. For grades K-2, her presentation, “From Idea to Story,” lasts 45 minutes, including a 5 – 10 minute Q&A. It focuses on her picture books and early readers, covering:
– her childhood and first writing efforts
– how she comes up with ideas
– how she turns an idea into a story
– the revision process: the journey from first draft to finished text, and sketch to finished art
– tips for becoming a writer
During these presentations, Elise reads one of her picture books out loud (with a slideshow of the pages) and discusses the key parts of a story (setting, character, problem, etc).

For grades 3-5 and 6-8, Elise offers a mystery-writing presentation focused on one or two of her mystery novels. This 45-minute talk include a 5 – 10 minute Q&A and covers:
– Elise’s childhood and first writing efforts
– favorite books that inspired her
– the key parts of a mystery
– building suspense
– choices and research
– the revision process
– the relationship between illustration and text
– strategies for getting “unstuck” when you’re writing
– inspirational advice to young writers
This presentation can be tailored to a particular book – Masterpiece, Duet, Shakespeare’s Secret, the Superstition Mountain trilogy, or The Wolf Keepers– if large numbers of students have read a single title.

Masterpiece and its companion series for younger readers, The Masterpiece Adventures, are regularly used for One School, One Book programs. Elise offers special presentations designed for schools using these books as school-wide reads, and provides a list of enrichment activities tailored to the books.

In addition, Elise is always happy to schedule virtual visits and discussion sessions with students based on a particular book. Her interactive presentations aim to instill a creative spark that will inspire children to tell their own stories.

A few of Elise’s books