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?
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!)