How to Read like a Writer
Improve your own writing by studying and imitating techniques of published authors

We examine examples from “mentor texts” for well-described settings, good leads, effective characterization, and effective word choice. 

“Show, Don’t Tell” Fiction Workshop 
The most common advice given to young writers is “Show, don’t tell.” But what exactly does it mean? And how do writers put it into practice? 

This workshop takes a close-up look at this technique and helps students to understand and then apply it in their own writing. 

Revision Workshop
Writers are never done after the first draft. It takes many revisions to polish a piece. In this workshop we look at our writing and practice strategies that make our drafts stronger. 

Additional Information
I can also design workshops around other topics or according to teachers’ interest. All workshops are for students in grades 5 and up.

Contact me for fees and scheduling.

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"Monika's presentations for our 8th graders were right-on target for both the research and writing information and the fascinating cultural information that she shared with them. Her relaxed and honest presentation style and comfortable rapport with the students won their attention and held it throughout. This is the magic mix that I always hope for whenever we have a meet-the-author program." - Carrie Foreman, Transylvania Public Library, Brevard, NC

"As a writer, Monika has traveled the world collecting ideas for her novels and as a teacher/librarian she knows how to communicate her enthusiasm for reading and writing to students… Monika offers useful techniques to budding writers who want to improve their craft and a glimpse into the often difficult but always rewarding process of shepherding the first ideas into the finished product." - Sharon Larner, Librarian, Dresden International School, Germany