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How does an idea become a book? I lead the students through the process of creating a book, using my original artwork from Ebbie & Flo to illustrate each step along the way. During this engaging and informative presentation, I show the evolution of my illustrations from sketches and storyboards to pastel drawings and finally the printer’s full-color press sheets. We also explore the writing process, with an emphasis on the importance of character development, plot, editing and rewriting.
Running time: 30-40 minutes
Running time: approximately 40 minutes
a Butterfly’s Life
This assembly is based on my book, It’s a Butterfly’s Life. I start with a PowerPoint presentation about writing, focusing primarily on the mysterious origins of ideas. This presentation is similar to Creating Books in that we discuss how a book is made: writing, editing, sketching, editing, dummies, editing, storyboards, editing, final artwork, and editing (can't emphasize that enough). The different challenges of working with a fiction and a non-fiction subject are considered, regarding both writing and illustrating.
Running time: approximately 40 minutes
(The writing workshops are based on the A Dog’s Tale or It’s a Butterfly’s Life assembly).
A Dog’s Tale Writing Workshop
This writing workshop
takes students on a ‘round the world’ writing adventure in
which they look at Owney’s life from his point of view. Students
examine character, ‘voice,’ and other driving forces involved
in the composition of a story. These sessions are collaborative, creative,
and lots of fun. By the end of the workshop, each student will have written
and illustrated their story in an accordion book shaped like a doghouse.
Dear Diary Writing Workshop
In these workshops,
we consider the importance of ‘voice’ in writing, with an
emphasis on non-fiction. The students create a diary from the point-of-view
of a caterpillar, using the ‘voice’ of a caterpillar. Working
as a group, we discuss metamorphosis and with my guidance, the students
make their own books based on this process. The students leave the workshop
with their very own accordion book, as well as a renewed appreciation
of how much fun science, research, reading and writing can be.
I can conduct a maximum of 4 presentations/workshops per day, and each session is between 35 and 40 minutes. Many schools mix the presentations to create a customized day for their particular school. Please email me for my fees.
Comments on author visits:
“Thank you so much for making our Writing Workshop so memorable for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. They are all extremely proud of their books; my class had a great time sharing their work. Your presentation captured and motivated an entire gym full of kids to want to be authors and illustrators. What a rewarding, cultural experience for these youngsters. I truly hope we can make this an annual experience for them.”
“Irene Kelly was wonderful! She really connected with the children and gave them realistic and practical writing suggestions. We are very fortunate to have such unique and special opportunities.”
“Irene Kelly’s author visit was fabulous! The writing workshops she did with our third grade classes fit perfectly into our writing program. Outstanding program!”
did a phenomenal job working with our Kindergarten through 5th Grade students.
She tailored her presentations to meet our needs and kept the children
completely engaged. We were fortunate enough to be able to bring her to
our school for a week. During that time she not only explained to the
children how she found her inspiration as a writer, but also gave them
active instruction in the writing and illustrating process. One of my
favorite moments occurred near the end of her week with us. Irene was
working with two of our fifth grade classes. There were forty-eight 5th
graders in our Art Room and Irene had every single one of them actively
engaged in creating stories. They were all eager to share their creations
with myself, Irene, and their teachers, and they were so very proud of
the fabulous tales they had written and illustrated.
visit to our school was a tremendous success. All of our
Irene Kelly was such a valuable experience for the students at Toll Gate. Her writers workshop was instructive and students enjoyed the hands-on attention from a real Author.
Thanks again for your wonderful visit. Our children at Bear Tavern, as well as the staff, still rave about it!
Irene Kelly's elementary school presentations were amazing! All students from kindergarten to 5th grade loved hearing her read and explain the process of finishing a children's book. The writing seminars for the 3rd-5th grade were wonderful.
Your presentation was met with such enthusiasm by students and teachers alike…our principal was especially excited to see the children’s response to your visit and how nicely it fit into our yearlong objective of writer's workshop. Thank you, again, for enriching our K-2 students and demonstrating the art of creating a book from start to finish. They also got a glimpse of what an author/illustrator does as a profession!
The writing workshops were an extremely useful exercise for the children. They were able to create their own story with your guidance…and the best part was they had fun without realizing they were actually learning.. I received much positive feedback from the teachers. They were thrilled to see their students caught up in a creative writing assignment. One teacher said she has many ideas on how to incorporate this into her own lessons!
Co-President, Parents Association
presentation to my class was wonderful. She has a real knack for tapping
into the creative juices of students and bringing out the best in them.
They were fascinated by the process that she goes through to write and
illustrate her books, and they did their best to emulate her process as
they wrote their own dog stories.
Irene Kelly was wonderful! Her presentations went beautifully. The children were absolutely caught up in the story of Owney and his trip around the world. After Irene read her book aloud, she showed the children real pictures of Owney that added to their enjoyment. The original artwork added to the presentation as Irene showed the students how a book is made. What a great way to celebrate Read Across America!
Jeanne Connell, Librarian
PTA Assembly Chairperson
PTO Visiting Authors Committee
District ILA Supervisor