Book trailers are short and interesting because they focus on the highlights of a book without giving the entire story away. The purpose of these mini-films is to capture the attention of the viewer and get them interested in reading the book. To make a book trailer, its creator must have a solid understanding of the story’s beginning, middle, and end, as well as four basic elements that make the project great. Those four basic elements are character, setting, conflict, and a hook. In this Zoom session, Deb will demonstrate how to distill elements of story into a brief 45 to 90 second vides rendition.
Meet Saline author Debbie Gonzalez as she presents on her research, her writing, and the publishing process of her new book, Girls with Guts: The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records, an engaging picture book of women in sports through the ages. Recommended for Grade 1 through adult. Registration requested.
Event Type(s): Featured Event, Featured Youth Events
Age Group(s): Youth, All Ages
(734) 429-5450 ext. 3
Records show that, as of August 2019, Pinterest currently has 300 million monthly active users – almost as many as the entire population of the United States! And, the best news of all is that it’s FREE to use! There are a number of ways that authors and illustrators can benefit from using Pinterest as a platform to establish visibility in the marketplace. One way is to showcase a visual representation of their creative process. Another is to plan for, create, and share valuable content with a targeted audience. In this session, Deb with present an overview of the basic functionality of managing a Pinterest platform. In addition, she’ll teach attendees how to use a Content Calendar, a planning tool designed to help make your Pinterest platform shine!
2019 Laker Writing Camps
The Lake Michigan Writing Project is proud to announce our annual Laker Writing Camps! For one week, your future novelist, poet, or journalist will have the chance to explore the wonders of writing with some of West Michigan’s finest teachers!
Our Laker Writing Camps offers students an opportunity to explore many styles of writing in a fun environment. With students returning each morning to the exciting environment, students participate in activities that create a community of writers and provide nurturing support for developing authors. To prompt writing, campers and facilitators may travel from their camp site to various age-appropriate places of interest, learning and inspiration.
Teachers plan writing activities that build confidence while providing the writing tools that inspire creative thinking and author’s craft. Campers write a variety of pieces such as poems, autobiographical sketches, short stories, and nature observations while engaging in the writing process of drafting, revising, responding and editing. Finally, each camper will choose a piece of his or her writing for publication in the camp anthology.
The Laker Writing Camp is an outreach effort of the LMWP to encourage and nurture young writers. Our staff consists of Lake Michigan Writing Project Teacher-Consultants who have been identified as outstanding teachers of writing and nurturing role models for our campers.
Celebrating and Empowering Women’s Voices in Sport: A Conversation with Debbie Gonzales about her Research and Writing of Girls with Guts! The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records
Through her work on the history of women in sport, leading to her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and the publication of Girls with Guts!, Debbie Gonzales has explored the role of voice in children’s literature throughout history. As a reader, writer, and teacher, she will share her perspectives on the voice(s) of female athletes throughout history, and invite us to read children’s literature and view contemporary commercials with a critical and creative eye.
2019 Annual Conference
Michigan Reading Association presents...
March 9-11, 2019 | Grand Rapids, MI
Join us for an unforgettable MRA conference with inspirational speakers, educators, authors and special events!
The conference will be held at DeVos Place Convention Center and Amway Hotel, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Please note there is no Friday Pre-Conference this year.
Do you want to get away from it all this fall and CREATE? How about some time to RECHARGE with your creative buddies? Would you like some inspiring craft sessions to MOVE FORWARD? We hear you!
SCBWI Indiana and Michigan are teaming up to provide a weekend creative retreat in beautiful Pokagon State Park on October 5-7, 2018.
The Park is located in northeast Indiana near Angola and is just off I-69.
The cozy and comfortable Potawatomi Inn Resort and Conference Center within the Park will be the venue for lodging, retreat events, and meals.
This Retreat is designed for writers and illustrators at every level of experience. It will provide a perfect blend of creative time, craft-related sessions, critiques, and socializing/connecting.
Three or four optional craft sessions will be offered on Saturday and Sunday morning. Afternoons will be left open for creating, paid PAL level critiques, and/or optional peer critique groups for writers and illustrators. Optional social events will be held Friday and Saturday evenings.
Fee: $125 SCBWI members, $150 not yet members.