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Writers at school


Laurentides

Julianna Kozma

Children's literature

Presentation

Julianna Kozma

Julianna Kozma’s debut novel, Mosquitoes of Summer, was the winner of the 2009 Book idol contest. During the official launch at Chapter’s in Montreal, it was announced that McArthur & Co., a leading independent Canadian publisher, accepted Mosquitoes and subsequently published it in 2010. Her second book, Secrets of the Dunes, continues the adventures of Hannah and Emily Morgan in a new mystery series. Julianna has worked as an international financial journalist for 15 years before becoming a teacher. Her articles have been published in numerous magazines including Global Custodian, Investor Relations and Plan Sponsor.

Suggested reading*

Mosquitoes of Summer (McArthur & Company, 2010)
Secrets of the Dunes (McArthur & Company, 2010)

*These titles have been suggested by the author based on the activities that he/she proposes to students.
It is, however, up to teachers to verify whether the titles are appropriate for their groups (age and education level, specific context, etc.).
Teaching staff are invited to contact the author for clarification on this aspect and assistance in preparing their groups for his/her visit.

Proposed approach and type of activities

I have already visited schools within the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. I was asked to discuss the process of creating a book, and using some excerpts from my writing to demonstrate literary techniques such as dialogue, and descriptive writing. From this we the idea of capturing and encouraging students writing potential. The result was the Power to Create workshop, first given in Lake of Two Mountains High School.

The Power to Create workshop is aimed at encouraging elementary and high school students to open their minds to the possibilities that writing can indeed be fun and useful! Through hands-on activities and visual aids, students will learn to unleash their inner creative selves in a lively environment that should lead to more confident and successful writers in the future. Teachers too are provided with ideas and different approaches they can use within the classroom environment to help mix things up and make writing more exciting. Getting the reluctant writer to willingly pick up a pencil and write without being pressured to do so is one of the primary goals of this workshop series.

Examples of activities

One of the more successful activities that I have done is where students write their own creative story! It is called Treasure ! In this session, students get into small groups and each group receives a goody bag filled with random items. One bag for instance can have a feather, a marble, toothbrush, walnut, bottle opener, chalk and jellybean. The students will then discuss the items and write a short story that incorporates all these elements. We are leaving the plot, structure, setting and character development up to the students themselves. The exercise is to create a scenario and build a character. We were always surprised at what students created.


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For information

Julianna Kozma
Phone : 450 623-6176
Email : jkozma@gmail.com

Subject to taxes (GST, PST)

No

Levels

Kindergarten, Primary 1, Primary 2, Primary 3, Primary 4, Primary 5, Primary 6, Secondary 1, Secondary 2

Available in

Montréal, Outaouais, Laval, Laurentides

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