I enjoyed the opportunity to play teacher for 50 minutes when I spoke with a group of local fourth-graders about narrative writing on November 19, 2014. We talked not only about dogs and the silly things that dogs do (the subject of my book) but also how my story illustrates the three components of a good narrative tale. What a great bunch of kids! They demonstrated a sincere interest in good writing techniques and remained engaged in the presentation until the very end. That says a lot about their teacher, too. I was sorry the time passed so quickly.
I was a bit nervous before the presentation but kept strong by reminding myself that if I could reach but one kid, then my jitters were worth it. The experience wasn’t all about me, after all, it was about inspiring a new generation of writers. I hope I inspired my new friends at Klem Road South Elementary!