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Education: Lessons in writing stories

  • ABOVE: Mrs. Helgerson’s class learns how to be super authors. Courtesy

  • Welcome signs in the HCS hallway with students' favorite Marty Kelley books and Top 10 Question lists. —Courtesy

  • TOP: Mrs. Crowe’s class learns about the editing and revising process.

  • Mrs. Dumais' class learns about character creation. —Courtesy

Published: 10/25/2021 5:58:57 PM

Author, illustrator, and former second-grade teacher Marty Kelley visited fourth-grade students at the Henniker Community School on Oct. 22. Kelley has written and illustrated several children’s books, including Pugnapped, Fall Is Not Easy, The Rules, Winter Woes, Summer Stinks, Twelve Terrible Things, and Fame, Fortune, and the Bran Muffins of Doom.

Kelley spoke to students about where his ideas come from and took them through the book writing process. He explained how often a book is revised and edited, and how often an editor returns a book to Kelley for corrections and changes. The day offered the students insight into how even a published author needs to have a growth mindset. The author also shared how he uses technology to illustrate his books and how illustrations go through the same editing process.

While at the school, Kelley shared his “Seven Amazing Superpowers that Every Good Author Has” and happily answered questions from “The Top 10 List of Questions” the students prepared before his visit.

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