SPEAKING AND SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS
Bestselling author Jennifer Von Scurlock AKA Lady Jenniviere is available for speaking engagements with civic organizations as well as school presentations.
STUDENT DIRECTED STORY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
During a collaborative hands on session, students learn the basic elements of fiction writing. J. Von Scurlock guides the class through the process of writing a story's first draft.
WHAT YOUR STUDENTS LEARN:
- Story idea generation
- Character development
- Story setting
- Plot Conflict
- Conflict resolution
- Story outlining as a tool against Writer's Block
- First draft is a launch pad for better writing in subsequent drafts
Students outline the story's characters, setting, develop plot conflict and find a resolution to the conflict and end the story. Together, Lady Jenniviere and the students then write a short story based on these elements. When finished, the students title their short story and have the first draft of a complete narrative to share with others. This is a fun and exciting way to learn the steps of writing while sharing the momentum of creativity with one another and applying hands on tactics to problem solving.
WRITING WORKSHOPS TAILORED FOR EACH GRADE
- 2nd grade approximately thirty minutes; maximum 50 students
- 3rd/4th grade approximately forty minutes; maximum 30 students
- 5th/6th grade approximately 45-60 minutes; maximum 25 students
TYPE OF TALKS LADY JENNIVIERE CAN DELIVER
Suitable for auditorium size audiences or more intimate class room visits.
PERSEVERANCE: At the age of twelve, Jennifer was confined to a wheelchair due to extreme scoliosis. The next year she underwent a full spinal fusion. Through many years of hard work and perseverance she learned to walk again and regain control of her life. She has since gone on to live her dream of becoming a best-selling author, photographer, avid hiker, swimmer and cyclist.
PUBLISHING/WRITING PROCESS: Idea generation, character development, outlining, story progression, first draft, self-editing, professional editing, cover art, publishing, sales and promotion.
DOING WHAT YOU LOVE: You can do anything if you are willing to work hard and never accept failure. So why not do what you love?
Lady Jenniviere is also available to read and discuss one of her books with classes.
MESSAGES/MORALS OF STORIES AND PRESENTATIONS
Anti-bullying, perseverance, loyalty, friendship, true riches are not about monetary wealth, the importance of character, turning bad experiences into positive lessons.
All school visits include Lady Jenniviere in costume. Gifts for all children in attendance.