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Twelve Smooth Stones: Why Teaching Independent Publishing Can Slay the Goliath of Reluctant Writing (12)

Hillari DeSchane Friday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Sacramento
Why is writing so difficult to teach? Why do so many bright children find writing a chore? Perhaps because so many writing curricula are missing the key piece—a real audience! Writers write to be read, whether they’re writing a book report or a business letter, a fantasy novel or financial analysis. Strong writing is a living conversation between the writer and the reader, not just an exercise between the student and the teacher. Drawing from the story of David and Goliath, award winning writer and independent publisher Hillari DeSchane will share five ways you can use an independent publishing project to help your student overcome reluctance and find a new sense of purpose and joy in writing—writing to be read. An independent publishing track can also be used to teach multiple subjects, and is ideal for multiple student households and homeschool cooperatives.

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Arrayed For Battle: Choosing Your Own Best Tools for Teaching Independent Publishing (18)

Hillari DeSchane Friday, 2:30 - 3:30 pm Sacramento
Designed as the sequel to Workshop #1, in this workshop Hillari DeSchane will give homeschool educators an overview of the independent publishing process.* Participants will leave with the factual information they need to decide whether an independent publishing project is a good fit for their students’ needs, interests and educational goals. Information will include a beginning level project time line, task list, and list of resources.

*Participants do not need to have attended Workshop #1 to benefit from this workshop.

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A Sling and a Stone: How Young Writers Can Decide If They're Ready to Publish (30)

Hillari DeSchane Friday, 6:00 - 7:00 pm Sacramento
This workshop is geared for homeschool students. In this dynamic conversation, Hillari DeSchane will guide students through ‘The Five C’s’ as                they explore the idea of independent publishing and whether they’re ready to put their best work in competition with professional writers. Inspired by the story of David and Goliath, sharing the stories of young writers, plus her own successes and failures, Hillari will help students consider the qualities required of a successful writer. Hillari believes there has never been a better time for writers with vision and voice, no matter their age, to share their work with a wide reading public.

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