Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Highlights Foundation - Life in the Spotlight Workshop (part 3)

Day 5 - Saturday

We finished critiquing our school presentations Saturday morning. Peter Jacobi had some good suggestions for me on things to improve the next time I do a school visit, but overall I was pleased with the way it turned out.

Next, we learned about the 5 steps to giving an effective persuasive speech, which led us right up until lunch. We had our lunch hour to eat and prepare for a 5 minute speech. We sat at all different points throughout the house, scribbling persuasive phrases in our notebooks until we began presenting (while being videotaped) again. Then we critiqued ourselves. Although we each had some things to improve, it was a remarkable difference from our speeches earlier in the week!

We spent the rest of the afternoon talking about how to “Meet the Press” and how to give good, effective interviews. Peter showed us some interview blunders on video. After that we had a short break and reconvened again for our last dinner of pork and mashed potatoes and buttermilk pie with cream for dessert.

Again, we read to each other until about 9:30 and went back to our cabins (pictured above) for our last night.

Day 6 – Sunday

Special guest, author Jan Cheripko, joined us for brunch on Sunday morning. He spoke to us for several hours about his writing career and how to market ourselves to bookstores, public libraries, and school libraries. This picture is of me and Jan (courtesy of Melissa Starr).

After brunch we had to finish packing, say goodbye, and drive away.

Lessons I’ve learned from this workshop have been slowly seeping further and further into my mind. I was so motivated that when I returned home on Sunday morning, I immediately made contact with some people about doing author visits. I think I’ve nearly officially booked my first one at Young Writer’s Camp at Mercersburg Academy this July!

Other ideas are stewing in my head, and I’ll keep you updated.


Nathan said...

Great job Anne! I've contacted other teachers/media specialists since arriving home to see if they can give me any new leads. No response yet. I, in fact, feel a little stressed about finding speaker contacts. Keep posting, I'll be interested in hearing more.

Joyce Moyer Hostetter said...

Wow! I am so impressed! Good luck. You'll be great!

I had a Rotary Club visit today and changed my speech up a bit in response to Peter's suggestion.

While there, I got an invitation to speak at another event but won't be able to fit it in. But just so you know - one event leads to another...