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Originally posted May 4, 2012
Children’s author Chris Rumble visited Darnaby Elementary school Thursday for its annual Spring Fling. He is a very energetic writer, illustrator and singer and kept the kids engaged during their scheduled time with him. http://www.chrisrumble.com/
Rumble spent several sessions on how to be a great fiction writer and illustrator with students. He shared story time fun with prekindergarten students and hosted a writing workshop.
“During these sessions, I share with them my journey as a writer which began in my heart with the encouragement from Mrs. Deever (my fifth grade teacher) and ultimately led to being published author/illustrator 31 years later. The students enjoy seeing some of my work from that year of my life (lovingly preserved by my mom). Using the acrostic C-A-R-ES (Character, Conflict, Action, Resistance, Resolution, Emotion, Showing), I reveal to them the secrets of creating great fiction. Then, we brainstorm together (I love this part!) toward creating our own story. The students give me some ideas and, using the "secrets," we write together what invariably turns out to be the beginning of a pretty good story (which I tell to them in dramatic fashion). The session is all interactive and mental,” he said.
His “Adventures in Illustrating” is an “interactive overview of all of the tools and tricks I use to illustrate my books. Kids experience the excitement of approaching the blank page (the adventure of wondering what will happen there when we dive in and DRAW!) and learn some of the processes a person with no "School of Art" training (like me!) goes through to produce publishable works of art.”
Art work students created will be hung next week. There was an evening program and picnic Thursday night for parent to view children’s work as well.
Fun video of writing celebration:
Teachers chatting about ideas for writing celebrations: