Story Monsters Among Us

March 3, 2018 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm
ASU Tempe campus - Memorial Union, Ventana Room


Story Monsters Among Us - Using storytelling to make nonfiction FUN!

A mini-writing workshop with author Conrad J. Storad


Join us for a no-cost two hour mini-workshop as award winning author Conrad Storad presents unique perspective on writing and presenting nonfiction material to students ages 5 to 12. The session is a beginner’s guide for teachers, writers, and those who work with young writers and readers, both the enthusiastic and reluctant variety. The session offers tips for writers of all ages. It is NOT a session on how to get a book published.


When:      Saturday, March 3, 2018   |  1:00 pm to 3:00 pm


Where:    Arizona State University Memorial Union, Ventana Room


Cost:         Free but you must place a $15 deposit to assure your attendance at the event.  It will be promptly refunded after you attend. If you do not attend, we will be keeping the deposit.         


Who should attend?  K-12 teachers who wish to engage their students in non-fiction reading and writing.


What to expect at the session:

Content:  Storad shares some of his methods for getting young readers “turned on” to nonfiction material, especially from the perspective of the writer. His emphasis is on how to write factual material in an entertaining manner. Writing is hard work. But it does not have to be boring. To do well, writers need to know their audience. The session is focused on the importance of word choice, and using vivid description and other storytelling writing techniques.


Presentation:  Participants will complete several short writing exercises during the session. Brief discussion will follow each exercise. Participants will share their work with the group. Handouts are provided. This is a session for students as well as adults. Teachers can adapt it for use in various ways in their own classrooms, or parents and grandparents in their homes. An animated reading by Storad and raffle prizes conclude the session.


Do you know Conrad Storad?

Conrad J. Storad is the award-winning author or editor of more than 50 science and nature books for children and young adults. His newest titles include the picture books Gator, Gator, Second Grader, Monster in the Rocks, Fang and Stinger (An Arachnid Story), Arizona Way Out West & Wacky, and Arizona Way Out West & Witty, fun history and activity books for young readers co-authored with Linda Exley.  Other books include Don’t Call Me Pig, Lizards for Lunch and Rattlesnake Rules and he was the editor of Chain Reaction, the ASU Science magazine.


This event is made possible through funding from the Office of English Language Acquisition.