Karen is not only an author but a teacher with eight years of experience in elementary and junior-high classrooms. She is in her element among school groups and loves sharing her high-energy presentations and writing workshops with students from grades 4-12.
Karen’s presentations include readings from Vanish, Dog Walker and from works-in-progress. They run 50-60 minutes long and include a question and answer period at the end. Maximum size is 60 students.
“Backstage pass to the creative process” (Grades 4-9)
In this lively presentation, Karen uses Vanish and Dog Walker as examples how to develop ideas into stories. She also encourages students to delve into their personal experiences to create their own stories. Karen highlights the writing process and the stages that consume most of an author’s writing hours. The presentation also includes a question and answer session.
“So you want to be an author” (Grades 8-12)
Complete with rejection letters, Karen offers candid insights into the joys and challenges of being an author. She also discusses her journey into the writing life. Topics include writing your most polished story possible, researching your market and submitting your work. The presentation also includes a question and answer session.
Karen’s presentations address the following Alberta Education learning outcomes:
- Explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences;
- Comprehend and respond personally to oral texts;
- Listen, speak and write to enhance the clarity and artistry of communication.
- Engage in critical and creative thinking
- Engage in problem solving and conflict resolution
- Communicate ideas and information in any informed, organized and persuasive manner.
Vanish and Dog Walker address these themes linked to Character and Citizenship Education:
- Social responsibility;
- Safe, caring school culture;