This presentation is best suited for grades 4-8 however; all of
our presentations can be customized to fit any grade level.
Our "What it Takes to Write a Book" presentation is full of visually rich materials, group participation, interactive multimedia, and cool authentic examples of Seymour & Hau's development; from soup to nuts. (Don’t tell Hau about that expression.)
Some of the presentation topics include:
• How It All Began
The authors tell their story of how the idea of Seymour & Hau came to be.
• To Write a Story You Have to Start
The authors share old notes and brainstorming sessions.
• The Research Room
Authors talk about the research they did before and while writing the book.
• Character Development (in writing)
A lot of work goes into the attitudes of the characters. The authors discuss their process of character development.
• Character Development (in illustration)
The authors will show the very first sketches of Seymour & Hau, and discuss how they got to be the dudes they are now.
• Time to Get Writing
The authors will tell the students how they completed the first draft of The Adventures of Seymour & Hau: Morocco!
• EDIT MANIA
Discussions of the editing process of Seymour & Hau.
• Rejection is FUN!
The authors share their experience being rejected by various publishers and agents.
*Resilience is defined, learned, and taken to heart
• Time to Get Rewriting
The authors share the importance of peer review.
After much feedback, it’s rewrite time.
• Choosing an Illustrator
Authors will show the students different artist renditions of Seymour & Hau and how they decided who the illustrators would be. (This is a favorite for the students!)
Just when you think you’re all done… there’s one more step. (And then probably five more)
The art of laying out your book.
The authors discuss their decision to self-publish and how they did it!
Students will have an opportunity to ask the authors questions.