As a prior English and theatre teacher, I am thrilled to be back in the classroom. I enjoy the opportunity to visit schools, libraries, bookstores, non-profits or any other organizations interested in hosting a guest author or in holding a writing workshop.
Behind Between Us Baxters: Brown v. the Board of Education and the formation of Citizen’s Councils
An overview of the early civil rights years; focusing on the landmark decision of Brown v. the Board of Education and the opposition to integration by the Citizen’s Councils that formed thereafter. Guided discussion with students in regard to key themes explored in Between Us Baxters, including a Q&A about my writing and researching of the novel.
(Appropriate ages 10-16; can be tailored for English or History classes. 50 minutes)
Get Engaged: Readers Theatre
Get reluctant readers to read! And Act! A prepared script of a key scene in Between Us Baxters will be handed out to the class; volunteers asked for, and a scene performed. Later, the class will be divided into small groups where they will be asked to transform a section of a chapter into a read-aloud-scene.
By playing a character in the novel, the students will get to “try on” the circumstances that faced kids in 1959. A comparison/contrast discussion about friendships/family dynamics then vs. today will follow the scene reading.
(Appropriate ages 10-16. 50 minutes)
Dig Deep: There’s a Story in There
Think you don’t have a story in you? Think again! Bethany believes story begins with character and character begins with YOU. In this workshop we will create a character sketch, with back story and mine and emotional memory from our past and use it to add depth and layers to our characters.
(Appropriate ages 10-16. 50 minutes)
To book Bethany for a school visit and for more information on fees and availability, please contact her at: email@example.com
The Movement: Two Books. Two Authors. One Powerful Presentation.
Authors Bethany Hegedus, of Between Us Baxters, and Kekla Magoon,
of The Rock and the River, have teamed up to create: "The Movement:
Two Books. Two Authors. One Powerful Presentation." The theme is:
“A Decade of Change: Civil Rights in America 1959-1968.”
Our books explore similar themes from different perspectives, and our presentation inspires a unique classroom discussion about race, class, history, and social change — all topics that take on new meaning in light of the recent Presidential election. As part of our package, we provide follow-up material for teachers and lead interactive activities appropriate for small and large groups (ages 10-16).
Talking about Between Us Baxters and The Rock and the River together gives students an opportunity to understand many aspects of the Civil Rights Movement and how things changed over time.
To book The Movement for a school visit and for more information on fees and availability, please contact Bethany and Kekla at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Presentation Contract: Downloadable PDFs for school visits (coming soon)
I Can Do That: Getting Started in Children’s Writing
Is my work ready to submit? How, and when and WHERE do I send it? What are the pros and cons of an agent? Do I need an MFA, a writer’s group? What blogs and other industry resources are must haves? Find out the answer to these questions and more.
In this workshop I will discuss common trials and tribulations on the road to publishing.
If You Build It, They Will Read: A Nuts & Bolts Approach to Scene & Structure
A craft based presentation. Topics include scene structure, Aristotle’s incline, and the key scenes needed in structuring a novel.
How to Turn Minor Memories into Full Blown Stories
Think you don’t have a story in you? Think again! In this workshop we will talk about where the roots of story come from: the minor moments of memory and how to develop those moments into a full blown stories complete with character, setting, and conflict.
(Appropriate ages: 10-18. 50 minutes)
To book Bethany for an SCBWI meeting, conference or other writer event, please contact her at: email@example.com