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Welcome Educators!

Teachers in the Texas Panhandle area may remember me from the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum where I volunteered for many, many years. I probably guided your class through the petroleum wing, pioneer town, pioneer hall or paleontology. I love history.

Today I enjoy talking to classrooms and homeschool groups about another passion: writing. My goal is to enhance your student’s ability to think creatively and visualize the world in new ways to discover ideas which can be applied to their own writing.

Below is a list of the most popular program topics.

Fiction vs. Nonfiction and the “What If” Game

A power point presentation on the difference between fiction and nonfiction. The “What If” game provides visuals to consider all of the possibilities of using every day happenings to create stories for entertainment.

Where do Story Ideas Come From?

Where do writers find story ideas? I’ll talk about all of the things writers write. We will create a story spider of ideas, talk about using the five senses in our writing, and craft a nonfiction and fiction story. Armed with the ability to find story ideas in common, every day events, students will discover a new confidence and joy in writing, plus fun writing exercises as time permits.

Special Request: History of letters and letter writing workshop GT 5th graders. Let me know if there is a particular topic you need.


The Real Life Work of a Cowboy

Cowboys are real! View a power point with pictures from our own cattle ranch and I’ll bring hands-0n gear for a lively discussion about todays working cowboy.

Power point for 700 on finding story ideas and fiction vs. nonfiction. Wonderful group with lots of great questions. So much energy! Thanks Mrs. Keller for the invite.

Other Topics

Don’t see a topic that interests you? If you have specific needs for your cirriculum, click on the Contacts tab above and let me know. I’ve done presentations on a variety of topics related to writing and the frontier west.

Community Outreach Program featuring one of my fav books, HOW I BECAME A PIRATE by Melinda Long. First mate Molly assisted, and Arrrr, we had a great time!

I’d love to visit your school or community library! Please call my office at 806.655.4046 or email for more information by clicking on the Contact tab above.

Notes of Appreciation!

“You did an awesome job-my kids loved it and I have had several emails from
other mom’s telling me their kids are now excited about writing.” ~ Lori Corley

“Thanks so much for sharing with my 6th grade darlings! You did an awesome
job and they really enjoyed what you had to say.” ~ Dianna Melson

Thanks sooooooo much! I liked the article you wrote and I liked playing what if! ~ Hannah

Thank you so much for coming. I love to write, but now I love writing even more! ~ Peyton

Thank you for coming to see us. It was fun writing the stories. ~ Tyler

Thank you for encouraging me to write. ~ Adam

Hand written thank you notes bring me great joy, and the art work is amazing!!

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