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Hello from Orchard School

I am writing to you today from Orchard Elementary School in Lasalle, Quebec. I'm here doing a series of writing workshops. I started my day with the kindergarten classes and am working my way up to the senior students. What I find interesting is that the basics of writing stay the same -- no matter if I am teaching kids in kindergarten or my own students at Marianopolis College.
So, today I've been focusing on what I call the "hunt" for stories and how I ask the question, "What if?" when I begin imagining a story. I'm going to tell you a little about some of my happiest moments today. Here goes: A kindergarten student named Dyrhon gave me a spontaneous hug after my presentation. Now, that doesn't happen much in college!!
Two other kindergarteners -- Naijah and Alyssa -- told me they've both decided to become writers. I told them I only started writing seriously when I was in my mid-thirties. Think how experienced Naijah and Alyssa are going to be when they hit my age!!
Other happy moments: When I was trying to make the point that writing, like anything we want to get good at, takes practise, one of the older students, Kamiyha explained how she plays badminton "a lot." I explained that I write A LOT, too.
I also heard a gross but captivating story from a student named Justin. When Justin's brothers' dad was a kid, his finger got badly cut... it was hanging from a thread of skin. Gross right?... but see how the details bring this story to life? And now here comes my favourite detail in Justin's story: the dad's mom made him eat his breakfast before she took him to the hospital! Now, that's a story I'll never forget!
So, thanks to my friends at Orchard Elementary and to principal Mrs. Liz Rivard for inviting me here today. Madame Wendy, the school librarian, isn't at Orchard on Mondays, but she's one of my favourite librarians! So, here's to hunting for stories and including the details that can help bring our stories to life!!

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Guest - Aleigha on Tuesday, 30 November 2010 17:36

Well, Have a good and safe trip.
Your sincerely,
Aleigha

Well, Have a good and safe trip. Your sincerely, Aleigha
Guest - emma on Thursday, 02 December 2010 14:11

hey how are you? your cool




PS YOUR COOL.

hey how are you? your cool PS YOUR COOL.
Guest - Monique on Friday, 03 December 2010 09:10

Hi Aleigha and Emma,
Thanks for your latest messages! Emma, I'm not just cool, right now, I'm COLD! I'm in the computer room at Ikusik School in Salluit, Nunavik -- and someone left the windows open last night. I wish I had my cozy slippers!! Best wishes from Monique

Hi Aleigha and Emma, Thanks for your latest messages! Emma, I'm not just cool, right now, I'm COLD! I'm in the computer room at Ikusik School in Salluit, Nunavik -- and someone left the windows open last night. I wish I had my cozy slippers!! Best wishes from Monique
Guest - Kayla Johnson on Saturday, 04 December 2010 08:22

Good morning monique polak i was playing a game but then got bored so i decided to send you a comment!!!
Remember you said you remembered me! teehhee!!!

YOUR AN AWESOME AUTHOR I LOVE ALL YOUR BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:-*:-*:-*:-*

Good morning monique polak i was playing a game but then got bored so i decided to send you a comment!!! :) Remember you said you remembered me! teehhee!!! YOUR AN AWESOME AUTHOR I LOVE ALL YOUR BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:-*:-*:-*:-*:):):):D:D:D
Guest - KAYLA JOHNSON on Friday, 10 December 2010 13:05

hi monique polak, im at school! How was your trip Nunavik!!!!!


ANyway see you next time;D;D;D;D;D8)8)8)8)8)8):-*:-*:-*:-*:-*

hi monique polak, im at school! How was your trip Nunavik!!!!! ANyway see you next time:):):):);););););):D:D:D:D:D;D;D;D;D;D8)8)8)8)8)8):-*:-*:-*:-*:-*
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