Finding a Story Within a Picture.
Creating a story, setting and character, drawing inspiration from historical photographs chosen by students. (Pairs well with Making History Into Fiction talk.)
From Scene to Story
The scene considered as a short short story. The arc of a scene/story. The importance of character, setting, and conflict. Dialog tips, if there's time.
Writing Builds Character
Exercises to help you invent memorable characters, develop their voices, and create conflict that drives the action, resulting in--ta-da!-- plot.
To be effective, workshops require 1-2 hours.
A more economical way to host an author. Works best with Q&A format. One hour.
Making History--Into Fiction
Using photographs, travel pictures, and her own research, Lisa explains how she transforms the raw material of history into stories that engage a modern reader. Talk focuses on either Two Girls and Cate or her Shakespeare-themed novels. (Grades 7-12, adults)
My Life With William Shakespeare
From directing a high-school spoof of Macbeth to publishing Ophelia, Lady Macbeth's Daughter, and Love Disguised, Lisa explores her changing relationship to Shakespeare and how studying the bard helped her find her calling as a writer. Also touches on representations of Shakespeare's female characters. (Grades 9-12, adults)
Talks are 1 hour, including Q&A
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