*** NEW DATE *** 4th-12th: Author ZOOM Lesson and Writing Contest
Date – Time
January 18, 2021
– 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
4th-12th: Author ZOOM Lesson and Writing Contest
Date: Jan 18, 2021
Ages: 4th – 12th graders
Sign up: ONLY students 4th thru 12th. Please pay via PayPal at the time of sign up.
Contact: Beth Mellott: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Steve Kozan is an author, publisher and the founder of ReadyAimWrite Kids, a publishing company that produces books FOR kids written BY kids. During our ZOOM lesson, Mr. Kozan will introduce himself, his illustrator, and give a little background information on where he came from and how he started - from writing simple poems on post-it notes to writing short stories. He will focus on the education process of writing, illustrating, and publishing, explaining the “can-do” attitude that can manifest from within, no matter the age.
He will show examples of how the "stick-figure" drawings he creates for his illustrators are turned into spectacular book-ready illustrations (you see, he can't draw.) And so, for the illustrators to know what it is that he’s seeing in his mind, he must provide them with something. That something is stick-figure art.
Perseverance. He talks about this important word for two reasons: One as a life-lesson, and another as a publishing lesson.
He will introduce us to InstaART- a software program where the students get to be the illustrators. Sort of! We will use InstaART to produce a mythical creature using aquatic, animal or insect body parts! The students are the creators. As a team, our students will volunteer an idea for a torso, head, front and back legs, tail, back bling, body accessories, background, and a name for their creature. Mr. Kozan will call on students who wish to participate and his illustrator will get to drawing!
Each student will need to have paper and pencil during the ZOOM lesson because, once the presentation is finished, Mr. Kozan will ask each child to produce a one-page story and mail it to him. He will read EVERY story submitted. (He is not looking for perfect spelling or correct grammar but for creativity.) Out of those stories submitted, he will pick several finalists. Those finalists will have the opportunity to expand their story in the next 5 months and resubmit them via mail. From those stories, Mr. Kozan will pick ONE story to be the winner and will work with the child and his/her family to PUBLISH the story!
Because we, as homeschoolers, have such a large range of ages/grades, Mr Kozan has decided to make this competition more fair. The children will be broken into the following categories: grades 4th-5th, grades 6th-8th, and grades 9th-12th. Mr Kozan will choose one winner from EACH grade group for a total of 3 published winners!