Sometimes the best ideas for fiction come from real life. This interactive session by award-winning and best-selling author Jo Watson Hackl presents techniques and tools that participants can use to help their students draw upon their own experiences to create characters who come alive, settings that feel lived-in, and plots that keep the reader engaged from the first page to the last word. Handouts include: worksheets for mining personal experiences for character, setting and plot ideas; and tools and techniques to translate those ideas into stories that connect with readers.
Hackl, Jo, "A Mississippi Ghost Town, A Reclusive Artist, and a Poetry-Loving Dog: Drawing Inspiration from Real Life" (2022). 2022 Children's Book Festival Prerecorded Sessions. 9.