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FERGUSON 'S PROGRAMS
me, playing with words is the same as playing with toys in a sandbox
- there are endless possibilities for creative fun, as long as a
few basic rules are followed. The first step is to let imagination
run wild! The second is to learn the tricks that every good
writer knows, strategies which allow a student's work to soar.
I stress structure, dialogue and the ability to create characters
so alive they breathe from the page. Story starters are used
to spur new writing techniques, while the student's actual work
is edited in class to show how alternate word choices can give maximum
creative impact. Writing workshops are often a little longer than
general assemblies or presentations. While the latter are about
an hour long, the former are about an hour and a half.
Nothing fires me up more than the process of writing, a passion
I try to impart to students whenever I have the privilege
to speak to them. My general assembly begins with a four-point
presentation: how I started on my path to become a writer; where
I get my ideas; how I research in the national parks; and tips to
help students to become better writers themselves! I stress journaling,
revision, the art of research, and using life experience as a source
for material. Then comes the slide show, which includes location
shots of these national parks: Yellowstone, Hawaii,
Mesa Verde, Everglades, Glacier, Zion, the Virgin Islands and more.
I finish with a question and answer period - this is where the kids
realize that I'm just like they are, only I write books. I
watch as it dawns on them that if I can do it, they can do it, too!
the forensic books are tied into a lot of science curriculums today,
I talk about the research I've done in forensic labratories and
the amazing facts I've learned along the way. I've never thought
of myself as scientifically-minded exactly but scientific knowledge
is more fascinating and excitng the more you learn, and I love seeing
students' interest grow and expand.
3-10, plus adults.
OF PRESENTATIONS PER DAY:
programs a day, plus autographing books. If more than 100 books
are to be autographed, I suggest that you send me bookplates or
labels a few weeks before the conference so that I can autograph
and send them back to you and you can put them into the books.
Ferguson's honorarium is due by the end of the last day of the author
appearance. Generally speaking, her honorarium ranges from
$1,500 to $2,000 a day, plus expenses: usually $2,000 if there is
a flight involved, $1,500 if there's a long drive involved. Also,
for very local visits close to home, she'll charge $750 a day plus
expensese. But to discuss in details, please contact Balkin Buddies
by phone or email.
information, especially about the expenses (travel, hotel, and meals),
click the "Arrange An Appearance" button and see "General
Information on the Cost of an Author Appearance" as well as
the 'Honorariums' section near the bottom of "How to Plan an