As an author, writer, and former publishing and animation executive, I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the most wonderful and important children’s book authors of our time (Dav Pilkey, Cynthia Rylant, Paul Zindel and Bill Cosby to name a few) and I bring over 20 years writing and editing experience to my writing programs.
Because of my varied and extensive background in the media (including a 5 year stint as a comedian!) I am able to offer a wide variety of uniquely educational and entertaining programs for all grade levels from kindergarten through High School.
Here is a sampling of a few of the programs I can offer:
- Are you Ready to Be A Writer is a 30 minute (can be adjusted longer or shorter) program I developed for grade school students, K-5th. The purpose of the program is to get kids excited about writing and to show them they are closer to actually being a writer than they think (even if they HATE writing)! The program involves reading an age-appropriate book aloud (something I either wrote, or something I was connected to so I can tell the back story i.e. “Captain Underpants” or “Little Bill”) and discussing what was involved in writing the book. I cover story generation, and getting to know your characters, and enjoying yourself
during the process. The program closes with me taking out my portable “office” (my computer backpack) and having the students take out theirs. I share the ‘writer’s necessities’ I have in my bag (they love when I break out the Chapstick) and we compare the contents of my bag to what’s in their own. This program is meant to inspire young writers (reluctant or not) to write what they love, and to see the ability to write and create as within reach.
- “Who’s afraid of the big blank page” – This 1 hour program is great for reluctant readers and writers (of all ages) as well as enthusiastic ones! (more to come…still building site…)
- “Character, Emotion and Crazy Plot Twists” – A 1 hour program designed to get kids (of all ages) thinking about their characters and how they react in all different and unexpected situations. Builds narration and character development skills.
Don’t see a program that suits your needs? Reach out to me anyway. I’m flexible. I’ll try to make a program for you that suits your needs. (And if I can’t, I bet I know somebody who can.)
Just contact me at Sarah@SarahMaizes.com and write “School Visit” in the subject line.
[one_half_last]What Educators Are Saying:
“My 5th grade class had a wonderful time with Sarah Maizes during their writing workshop. With her approachable personality, students were able to discuss and analyze character, plot, and fundamentals to starting a story. She taught my students how to get started on a story when all you can see is a blank piece of paper. She taught them about bringing a character to life and really made it fun for my students. Before they knew it, they were writing about a Zoo keeper who was afraid of animals. Her writing workshop was a great anticipatory set for our next genre in writing!”
– Ms. Paige Lucas, 5th Grade Teacher
El Rodeo School, Beverly Hills, CA
“Sarah Maizes presented a wonderfully engaging lesson to my fifth grade class. Her enthusiasm for writing was apparent and helped to inspire even my most reluctant writers. Her strategies for beginning narratives definitely helped my students, and we have even implemented them into our daily writing!”
– Miss Maria Jones, 5th Grade Teacher
El Rodeo School, Beverly Hills, CA
“Nobody embodies the importance of what writers do to a group of second graders better than children’s author Sarah Maizes. Sarah is funny and charming, but more importantly she knowledgeable about her craft. She engages little minds and has them believing that they too are capable of anything, especially producing awesome writing. She explains how her tool kit is not so very different from theirs. She encourages them to tell their own stories. Through all of this she allows children to succeed with their own creative thought. Last year was my first year teaching writing through Writers’ Workshop. Students had been going through this process for about a month prior to having Sarah come speak to them. Having her confirm that what they were doing during Writers’ Workshop is what real published authors do for a living, was very empowering. Having Sarah do this with her humor and magical warmth made my job so much easier.”
– Ms. Kathryn Eisensten, 3rd Grade Teacher
Carthay Circle Elementary, Los Angeles, CA