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Fascinating People & Famous Places Workshop

Last Friday, I did a young writers’ workshop at the New York Society Library, a beautiful and historic library that also happens to be my revising home-away-from-home.

(Here’s a presidential-history tidbit about the NYSL: Our Founding Father George Washington was a patron, but he didn’t return one of the books he checked out. When his Mount Vernon estate replaced the copy 221 years later, the library waived his overdue fines.)

Back to my workshop: Twenty creative and talented young writers came to hear me talk about writing fascinating people (like Alice Roosevelt) and famous places (like the White House). I showed them some research pictures, we played some writing games like Historical Figure Hotseat to get in the zone, and then we wrote scenes set in historic places, events, or periods, using lots of sensory details and cool facts.

I am always really excited when I get to talk about Alice.

I am always really excited when I get to talk about Alice.

Looking at pictures of the Roosevelt kids and their pets

Looking at pictures of the Roosevelt kids and their White House pets

Busy writing

Busy writing about Jane Goodall and Achilles

Working on an Amelia Earhart story

Working on an Amelia Earhart story and another set in 1800s Sweden

Even more writing!

Even more writing! We had Napoleon at this table.

Books and WWAD? bracelets at the end

Signing books and sharing “WWAD?” bracelets at the end

One of my favorite parts of being an author is getting to talk with kids about books and storytelling. I always go home inspired by the curiosity and creativity of young writers. And I learn new things, too–about what kids love to read, and even about history. (Thanks to the great story one attendee wrote, I’ve been inspired to learn more about Deborah Sampson.)

Thanks to Carrie Silberman, Randi Levy, Susan Vincent, and everyone at the NYSL for having me–and most of all to the kids who came to write with me!

4 Responses to Fascinating People & Famous Places Workshop

  1. You look completely in your element there :)

    • Rebecca says:

      Aw, thanks. It’s surprised me how much I love doing stuff like that! I must’ve inherited the educator gene from my great-grandma/grandma/mom/sister after all. :)

  2. You are so cute with all those kiddos. Jennifer is right, totally in your element!