|Great props, all nicely displayed and labelled. We did have fun.|
How do you prepare for a drop-in event - one that likely won't draw your demographic audience? I made Mars Bars Squares,brought a spare brain, always handy, a coffee bean necklace, some feathers, a rubber chicken, three squawking stuffed birds, some sample books, my laptop, a blindfold, an identicane and a portable sound system. Left my ego at home.
|Not a Robert Munsch routine-I'm mugging my eldest daughter's favourite pose for my son in law.|
The laptop was a brilliant backup as I could open up any of my power point presentations complete with my book trailers and show them on an individual basis. I didn't draw blockbuster hundreds, but I talked with such neat kids. Showed them my "sensation stations" so they could think about using their five senses when writing. And I spoke with their parents, handing out tip sheets I'd created on literacy. One mother and daughter are definitely going to check out my favourite bookstore A Different Drummer.
Another Iranian boy returned a few minutes later to ask for some more writing tip.
|Such a wonderful opportunity to talk about the excitement of writing with one child at a time.|