Zindel's Skype chats vary, depending on the
needs of the audience. Topics might include tips on the writing
process; the use of old classics in modern stories (like she uses
Hamlet as a jumping off point in A Girl, A Ghost, and the Hollywood
Hills); and the challenges her teenage characters face in the
modern world (cliques, bullying, the need for acceptance).
have the students prepare in advance a list of questions for her
to answer. She will first give a brief presentation, perhaps showing
her latest book or talking about an upcoming project, and will
then 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
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 she can prepare.
She'll also be
happy to autograph bookplates in advance of the chat, but be sure
to send them to her in a timely manner so she 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
see her bio, then follow the three other links at the top of the
page for a list of her books, information on her presentations
when she comes to do a physical visit, and book ordering information
for getting her books from a variety of sources.
FEW WORDS FROM A LIBRARIAN WHOSE TEENS SKYPED WITH LIZABETH:
online chat was wonderful! Lizabeth answered questions from the
Teen Advisory Board for over an hour. Since many of the teens
love to write she was very helpful about answering their questions
about the writing process. I was very pleased at the turnout of
fifteen teens on a beautiful summer afternoon and at their insightful
questions. What a great start to our Summer Reading Program. Thank
you so much for providing this opportunity for the teens of the
Niles Library District.
Teen Advisory Board
West Oakton Street
, IL 60714-3098