Creative Writing Kick Off

February 25, 2009

Yesterday was author Pat McKissack‘s first meeting with Stacey Wilson, a 4th grade teacher at Wyland Elementary in the Ritenour School District. Pat will be meeting with Stacey’s class twice in March over interactive videoconference to discuss collaboration, creative writing, and publishing.

February 24, 2009


Ready, Set, Go!

February 24, 2009

videoconference A new Creative Writing series begins today with students at Wyland Elementary in the Ritenour School District! Pat McKissack arrives this afternoon at Cooperating School Districts to have her first session in the series, and she’ll speak live with the participating teacher over videoconference so they can outline their goals for these Author Visits. She will have two more videoconferences, both with students, to talk about the creative writing process.

Pat is an award winning author who has been conducting videoconferences with New Links to New Learning for ten years! Be sure to visit this blog, Can You Imagine?, to read about this videoconference series and to get updates on Pat’s latest works.

Sign Up By This Week

February 19, 2009

Mrs. McKissack

Mrs. McKissack

Creative Writing starts next week… if you want to join in with this videoconference series, register no later than this Friday- tomorrow. Contact Rebecca Morrison at

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If you visit this link, you’ll find a lot of information on available online lesson plans for Patricia McKissack’s books! You’ll also find links to How a Book Is Made, by Aliki, and recommended by Pat.

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Today Pat McKissack had the pleasure of hearing the written work of Cynthia Kammien’s students. Here are a few snapshots of the videoconference. Later this month, she’ll work with another group from the Ritenour School District on their Creative Writing.

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Interested in either the next Creative Writing videoconference series or Fact vs. Opinion sessions? Good news! We’ve decided to reduce the price of each series by 20%! New Links members pay just $520 for either three part, interactive author visit series and non-members pay $600. Each series includes a one hour session between the author(s) and teacher(s) and two sessions with the author(s) and students. In the last of each session, the author(s) offer their insights into the student writing, offering praise and a gentle critique.

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This Thursday, Pat McKissack will connect to the kids at Ritenour for their final Creative Writing session (the previously scheduled videoconference was postponed to due bad weather). In this session the students will share their writing with Pat and she’d give them feedback on their work. The district is already signed up for another round this spring- we still have some space left, so if you are interested, contact me ASAP.

All photos of students were found on Flickr’s Creative Commons.

Snow Melt  by VicWJ on FlickrRemember that Pat McKissack will be offering the second of two Creative Writing videoconference series during the 2008-09 school year later this month! She videoconferences live from St. Louis, Missouri, so all times listed are central- standard or daylight, depending on the time of year. Please register no later than 1 week before first session. For New Links to New Learning members, the fee is $650, for nonmembers, $750. And actually, prices have just been cut by 20%! Sign up today!

To read more about this interactive videoconference series, visit:

Spring dates/times: February 24, 4 pm March 3, 9:30 or 11 am March 17, 9:30 or 11 am CST!