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Kate Klise

Kate Klise wrote her first book when she was ten years old as a gift for an older sister. So she speaks with a certain authority when she encourages children to begin their writing careers now. With seventeen middle grade novels and seven picture books to her credit, Kate relates well to students of all ages. With early readers (grades K-2, 30 minutes), Kate offers gentle advice about writing stories. Using examples from her early school papers as well as from her books, Kate shows young children how a simple idea can become a book, and how a homemade book is always the perfect gift to make for the holidays. When presenting to older students (grades 3–6, 50 minutes), Kate focuses on the writing process: where she gets her ideas, how she writes her rough drafts, why the art of rewriting is so critical, and—yes!—how she comes up with all those punny names in the Regarding and 43 Old Cemetery Road series. In addition, Kate explains the classic elements of storytelling, including the importance of sending characters on journeys. In addition to large group presentations, Kate also offers fiction and non-fiction writing workshops for smaller groups (30 students or less, 50 minutes). As a 15-year veteran for People magazine, Kate enjoys sharing her tips and tricks for writing on deadline. Over the years she’s taught countless students how to write colorful, compelling, and often hilarious People magazine-style stories about themselves and others.

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Grade Levels: Grades 3-5 , Grades K-2 , Middle School
Genres: Fiction