Author Rebecca Laclair is available to visit book clubs and classrooms in person, via Skype. She currently co-hosts a monthly Teen Writers Workshop at a public library, and an annual week-long, filled-to-capacity Teen Creative Writing Summer Camp.
Author and magazine editor, Rebecca Laclair, has published short stories and band interviews in Gravel, Skyline, Wordhaus, and Mixtape Methodology. Her story, Like Father, Like Son was recently named Best of Wordhaus 2015.
She blogs about writing and is passionate about mentoring teen writers.
Rebecca co-facilitates a teen writing program through her local library and is interested in learning about what your students are working on, and how she can help. She creates custom, grade-specific activities for students in 1st through 12th grade.
Let’s Talk About Writing
Fun activities for younger students or fun book clubs:
- Create your own custom MadLibs!
- Write a short story or scene using a visual image as a prompt. Rebecca will prepare a personalized collection of items to share with the group. You’ll learn how to use them to create a story or a character outline. She will then conduct a speed-writing session, without time for second-guessing.
- How to write and illustrate a story using only three sheets of paper (beginning, middle, end).
- Play with music! The participants select a favorite song, and the group re-writes it: Choose a new setting, replace the “hero,” turn a tragic, dark song into a happy one–whatever works! Your group will swap out nouns, use antonyms to change the tone, and find synonyms to make the song their own.
- Get to Know Rebecca: Discuss the process of writing, pitch questions about the book, and learn what it’s like to turn daydreams into stories.
Activities for 8th – 12th Grade
Rebecca likes to chat about the challenges and rewards of various aspects of creating short stories and longer prose.
Possible topics of discussion:
- Creating a story or novel structure
- Crafting dynamic, multi-dimensional, believable characters
- Brainstorming story conflicts and how to resolve them
- Fun ways to break writer’s block
- Creating effective Flash Fiction
- Using story-writing (and music) for self-healing and problem-solving
- Revision techniques: Polishing your work
Let’s Talk about Music
Radio Head’s protagonist, Shelby Rey, believes she can hear music inside others, just by touching them. Do we all have a song inside, an anthem we can call our own? Rock star Zac Wyatt is an enigmatic lead singer who can play any instrument, but he struggles to write honest, authentic lyrics.
Possible topics of discussion:
- Crafting a dynamic character, inciting incident, and story problem-your group will use these elements to write a song. Rebecca provides a skeleton outline of song-writing structure with prompts. This activity works well as a group, or each participant can write his or her own song independently.
- Music therapy activities: What we listen to greatly affects our mood. Rebecca can provide fun, age-appropriate activities.
Livelier (aka: wine-loving) book clubs also have fun participating in Rebecca’s creative writing exercises. Download Book Club questions here!
Teachers & Book Clubs: Send a message with dates, topics, and any special requests!