Some McKissack titles

August 7, 2007



Patricia McKissack St. Louis author Patricia McKissack teaches students how to write. During hands-on and highly interactive sessions, students discuss inspiration, plot, themes, character development and much more. In a series of three videoconferences, which Mrs. McKissack customizes for any grade level and any part of the writing process, she answers questions and talks about her own background. In the first videoconference, the author meets with the teachers to discuss the goals of the author visit and what books they would like her to present. In the second, the author dialogs with students, and in the third videoconference she gives feedback to students about the writing and illustrations the students have done. New this year – Mrs. McKissack will post to her blog, sharing inspiration, technique and research ideas. Students can read about her work and ask questions, as well as respond to her posts. To learn more about how your students can participate in a writing workshop series, contact Rebecca Polityka, Videoconference Coordinator, New Links to New Learning at rpolityka@csd.orgCost for the series of three videoconferences is $400 for New Links members; non-members $500. The first videoconference is always at 4:00 p.m., and the last two are at 9:30 or 11:00 a.m. OR 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. (see schedule). All times are central. Student videoconferences last for an hour. Dates and topics for this school year are as follows:

Creative Writing
Oct. 17 teacher 4-5 pm
Nov. 7 student I 9:30-12
Dec. 5 student II 9:30-12
Winter Holidays around the World
Nov. 7 teacher 4-5 pm
Dec. 5 student I 1-3 pm
Dec. 19 student II 1-3 pm
Historical Fiction/Biography Writing
Feb. 13 teacher 4-5 pm
Feb. 27 student I 9:30-12
March 12 student II 9:30-12 
Nonfiction Writing: Fact vs. Opinion
with Arlene Zarembka, co-author of To Establish Justice with Pat McKissack
Jan. 30 teacher 4-5 pm
Feb. 13 student I 1-3 pm
March 12 student II 1-3 pm