Author Workshops

Derek Munson, award winning author, brings incredible enthusiasm and fun to his workshops and presentations. His teaching philosophy is simple: First, cultivate an environment where inspiration is irresistible. And second, provide a solid framework for putting that inspiration on display. Just like a Chia Pet.

A typical all-day school visit consists of a total of four presentations:

The Enemy Pie Experiment
This presentation explores the ingredients of both friendship and “enemyship” in a unique and entertaining way. It includes a reading of the story “Enemy Pie”, a brief discussion about friends and enemies and a crazy experiment involving some gross and gooey ingredients. This is a student favorite! Presentation: 50-55 minutes, maximum 120 students, grades K-3.

Primary Author Presentation
This presentation includes a reading of “Enemy Pie” followed by a discussion about how the story became a book. From inception to the illustration process and beyond with time for questions and answers. A great option for large schools. Assembly: 50-55 minutes, grades K-3, any size group.

Wild Ideas!
Immerse your students in an action packed adventure through possibility, imagination, and inspiration! Join Derek Munson and explore the creative writing process, touching on the six traits of writing, through his experiences as a successful author, world class skateboarder, and owner of the zaniest company in the galaxy. And be prepared for super-energized students, ready to launch the best story ever- the story of their own wildest dreams! Presentation: 50-55 minutes, any size group, grades 3-6.

Creative Adventures in Writing
In these writing mini-workshops, students use their hobbies and interests as a launching pad for their writing journey. Derek will explore character development, story setting and conflict. Students will leave with new ideas for creating entertaining, active stories. Workshop: 50-55 minutes, 30-60 students, grades 4-8.

The Writing Workshop/Author in Residence
Derek will take students on a Jungle Island writing adventure. Students will explore ideas about creative writing, all within the context of the characters, settings, and problems of Jungle Island. Students will learn how to apply four principles to their writing, helping them to create convincing, compelling stories. These principles are awareness, imagination, connection, and flow. Workshops: Grades K-8, any size group.

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