Oscar-winning songwriter, playwright, screenwriter, director,
and middle grade author, Dean Pitchford has written books that
critics have called "riotous," "poignant,"
and "incredibly satisfying." These adjectives could
also describe his Skype chats.
Prior to Dean's
appearance, please have students visit Dean's
view "The Movie Songs of Dean Pitchford" reel (lower
right hand corner of Home Page.) Please have the students prepare
in advance a list of questions for him to answer. He will first
give a brief presentation - talking about his life as a Broadway
actor, Hollywood screenwriter and Academy-award winning songwriter; then
he'll discuss the inspirations for his writing and read from one
of his books, after which he'll take questions. If you prefer,
the Q&A can come first, depending on your students' needs.
How you handle the Q&A is up to you. Sometimes students come
up to the screen individually to ask questions and then the next
student comes up. Sometimes the students gather around the screen
to ask questions. The format will depend on your needs and what
kind of equipment you have. If you have an activboard or some
other means to project the images onto a larger screen, for example,
the format might be somewhat different. In any case, students
must be familiar with some of his books.
If you would like a different kind of program, please let us know
before setting up the program and please provide a general idea
of what you would like. Further details will be needed at least
a week before the chat so he can prepare.
He'll also be happy to autograph bookplates in advance of the
chat, but be sure to send them to him in a timely manner so he
can sign them and get them back to you before the chat.
* for 1 one-hour long chat
* for 2 one-hour long chats over the course of a day
* for 3 one-hour long chats over the course of a day
visit his website [deanpitchford.com] for more information.
His books are available from a variety of sources, including Booksource,
Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, CA
FEW WORDS FROM A TEACHER WHOSE STUDENTS HAD AN ONLINE CHAT WITH
was fantastic! He read a chapter from his new book, which was
incredibly expressive and entertaining. Then, our students had
previously prepared numerous questions to ask him and he called
on individual students. He was really funny and had some great
and moving personal stories. Our students loved the whole experience.
He is definitely an entertainer and it comes through in his interactions
with the kids. We showed the students his web site before
the day we Skyped and the compilation video of the songs
he has written for various movies/plays. I wanted them to have
a good sense of all the cool things Dean has done in addition
to writing children's books. I would HIGHLY recommend him for
any age level!”
THIS COMMENT CAME FROM ANOTHER TEACHER:
cannot say enough about this extraordinary man! He was able to
grasp the students' interest from the beginning. It brought an
author to "life" for them. He was able to teach and
show "little people" are authors too. I would highly
recommend Dean Pitchford for your school!