Two years ago, Eva went on a cross-country book tour with her dad, Jamie. Eva was promoting her newest book at the time, Attack of the Reptiles; Jamie was promoting his release, Barking Mad. On that amazing tour, Eva met a group of excited elementary teachers in Georgia, who expressed their earnest wish that Eva could visit their students and teach them what she knew about writing. This encounter sparked a brainstorm, and when we returned to our home in North Dakota, Eva and I set up a makeshift studio, wrote up a script together, and produced five two-minute video clips that teach the essence of story telling.
Since the videos were launched, they’ve received 4,600 views, and have been watched across the United States and around the world. She’s received notes from kids and parents in Australia, Brazil, Cardiff, Ecuador, Spain, Korea, and Germany, in addition to the folks closer to home. She even got special notice from our author-hero Neil Gaiman, who sent her a personal congrats tweet, and from Debbie Dadey of Bailey School Kids fame. Adora Svitak has used her videos in some of her talks about youth empowerment in education, and National Novel Writing Month invited her to guest blog on their site, The Office of Letters and Light.
You can watch these videos and use them in your own home or school by clicking on the Writing Lessons tab on her website. But today, I’ve embedded them right here for your special viewing pleasure. Let us know if these are helpful to your own budding writers, and tell Eva where you’re from so she can continue to add to her viewing map!
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