Shelley Pearsall, author of the novel "Trouble Don't Last," which was the recipient of the prestigious Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and "All of the Above," an ALA Notable book, visited Terrace Park Elementary School to guide the 5th and 6th grade students through writing workshops and answer questions about writing techniques and her books.
During her visit to Terrace Park Elementary, Shelley engaged students in conversations about her books and shared her research, tricks of the trade, brainstorming ideas, rejection letters and many rough drafts. Fifth grade students participated in a historical fiction workshop, exploring the combination of research and creativity necessary in this type of writing. Sixth grade student participated in a workshop about inspiration and character development.
"It's so much fun to come up with the character," said Ben Werdmann. "You can make your character anything you want because anything is possible."
His fellow sixth graders felt the same way:
"You get to make up somebody based on a shoe and that's pretty cool."
"I'm basically creating my dream self."
"There are so many ways this can go. Its all up to me."
Shelley is really nice. Her books are good and descriptive and she always has great characters. It's fun to be able to learn from someone who really knows what she's doing."
For more information about Shelley Pearsall visit her website.