Artists in Schools Directory
Who hasn't picked up an old black and white photograph of strangers and wondered about the people in it and just what they were doing? Students have the chance to do just that using a photograph as inspiration for their story. Students learn, just like detectives, they have to pay attention to details around them. They can use these details as well as their own memories and life experiences. Students work on creating a strong conflict and using dialogue to help develop their character's personality. Middle school students take a closer at events taking place in their story and how the characters may react. Students learn the importance of editing and revision and how going back to add those all important details only makes their story stronger. Middle school students editing will include expanding the conflict of the story. If teachers would like certain elements of writing stressed, the writer can spend more time on them.
Diane is a children's book author. She has written several books including Side By Side, which was a finalist in the 2017 Best Book Awards. Her short story, "Called Home", about two Vietnam-era Marines from Raleigh, was a finalist in the 2017 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition. This year she led the inaugural book club at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown State Historical Site. When working with young people, she strives to take the anxiety out of writing. She encourages students by letting them know she continues to work on her own writing and will even share some of her edited pages. Her greatest pleasure is to see a smile on a young writer's face as they share their story.