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to Fit your Needs
Conventions or Reading Councils:
thought-provoking, or informational--whatever your needs, Darcy
can speak on topics that interest you. At the National Council of
Teachers of English national convention, she spoke about "The
Mask of a Novelist."
Assembly: Finding my Way into Fantasy:
steers student imaginations toward literature in the *Finding Your
Way* Assembly. Though lost at 10,000 feet elevation in the New Mexico
mountains without a map or a compass, Darcy's party somehow found
their way down. The experience started Darcy's wondering about how
people find their way around. Solid research told her how people
traditionally find their way; imagination took the information a
step farther into fantasy. Experience, research, and imagination
come together to point the way toward a story worth telling. Students
explore. . .
the genre of fantasy
how personal experiences influence a story
the writing process
Journey of Oliver K. Woodman Journey:
life-size wooden Oliver is available to visit schools with Darcy,
making your students part of his journey! He can be ordered from
Costume Specialists; just go to www.costumespecialists.com
Your Novel Retreat:
was an amazing workshop that has me actually excited about revising
already revised stories,* a recent participant has said.
nine years as the conference director for the Arkansas SCBWI, Darcy
realized that the hardest thing to get help with is a novel. Most
conferences are one-day events in which many different topics are
covered briefly. Yet, year after year, someone would hold out a
novel and ask, *What do you think of this?* Finally, there is a
format in which this question can be answered! The goal of the retreat
is that every author will go home with strategies for revising his
or her own particular novel. The retreat is designed for maximum
participation and advance preparation is required. There's an 80
page workbook that the sponsor must copy for each participant. This
is an intensive weekend retreat, limited to 20 participants.
comments from participants:
Session: Maybe the most
helpful part. From the moment I started filling the worksheet out,
I knew I was in trouble.
Sessions: Coming in,
I had the book knowledge about plots, subplots, climax. . . but
this workshop put it all into a working perspective. Something I
could grab hold of. Exercises forced me to look at things I was
Details Session: A jewel!
I wish someone had explained ďshow don't tell' in terms of sensory
Session: I'm looking
forward to using the checklists on all my characters.
Session: Helpful because
I learned to connect this to the characters' emotional journey in
a scene rather than just through something on the page.
Words Session: Helped
me see beyond the meaning of words°a new concept.
Patterning Session: The
narrative patterning, imagery and epiphany sections were especially
wonderful. I've never met a writing teacher who was willing to tackle
these head on.
Session: Word list approach
very helpful, real graphic. Something I can wrap my hands around.
As a whole°these exercises
were brilliant because they helped me see how each aspect of novel
writing connects to or is attached to the other."
Arkansas just passed a new Language Arts Framework for schools,
Darcy has also been doing many district and regional teacher in-service
programs, which she can tailor to suit your needs. Titles or some
of recent workshops include:
Nine Weeks to a Proficient Essay
Language Arts Goals
Teaching Writing to Elementary School Students
Teaching Writing to Middle School Students
Teaching Writing to High School Students
should be presented to Ms. Pattison on the last day, following the
last session. Her fee structure is as follows:
a day, plus expenses - for author appearances in Arkansas ( up to
a day, plus expenses - for author appearances in other states
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