Eliot River Elementary Author Visit

Eliot River Elementary Author Visit

Eliot River Elementary Author Visit

Today I had the pleasure of speaking with class 4A at Eliot River Elementary in Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, and a pleasure it was! What a great group of kids. And I’m not just saying that because it is my oldest daughter’s class…

I had prepared notes, but I ended up not needing them, as from pretty much the minute I entered the room up until when I was waving goodbye, I was asked question after question after question.

I have not seen this much enthusiasm and curiosity about writing, editing (they found out I also edit books), Peter Pan, fairies, art, career choices…pretty much anything you can think of…all in one room….possibly, ever?

Context: Kait is my daughter

A few of the questions I was asked :

  • What college courses do you need to become an author?
  • What inspired you to write?
  • What happens if you don’t write?
  • What else do you do, besides writing and editing?
  • How old were you when you first started writing?
  • Do you believe in fairies?
  • Have you ever had a publisher not like your story?
  • Do you do any artwork, too?
  • What happens if an author doesn’t like the suggestions you give as editor?
  • If you had to choose, would you be an author or an editor?
  • What would you do if you found an injured fairy in your garden?
  • If you could have any job, not related to writing and it could be something you are not good at, what would you pick?
  • Would you ever write a book without pictures?
  • How does an author feed their family?
  • Can a publisher fire you?
  • How many stories have you written?
  • Has anyone ever made fun of you for writing?
  • How many characters should be in a story?
  • Do you write from home?
  • Do you own a lot of books?
  • How old do you have to be to write stories?
  • How many publishers are there?
  • What happens if a publisher says no?
  • Can you work at a publisher?
  • Can I draw for a living?
  • How many ideas do you have for stories?
  • Have you ever started a story and realized it wouldn’t work?

Great questions and wonderful discussions!

We talked about all the steps that goes into making a book, and I loved hearing what they thought was the hardest part of writing a story.

I shared the history of Peter Pan a little and the origins of the Peter Pan statue in Bowring Park. And I read them a little of The Secret of Bowring Park.

Thank you, 4A from Eliot River Elementary. You were absolutely wonderful, and I would come back to visit anytime.

(If you want to know the answers to any of these questions, leave me a comment and I’ll happily do so!)

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