Lydia is a children’s author with a multi-disciplinary background that spans the fields of literature, theatre and puppetry. Thirty-two of her books and eBooks have been published including The Dilly Dally Bedtime Routine as well as various eBooks for Smart Kidz Club. In addition to her creative work, she enjoys writing educational workbooks, activities, and curriculum-based texts.
Lydia has extensive experience working with children and has been a workshop facilitator since 1999, offering workshops on writing, puppetry, drama and visual arts. She encourages children to continue reading and writing and tap into their own limitless imagination.
Journey to Freedom (Smart Kidz Club, 2015)
The Dilly Dally Bedtime Routine (Gerbil Meets Mouse Publishing, 2014)
A Date with the Dentist (Smart Kidz Club 2013)
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1. Character creation
In this one-hour session, students will learn the basics of character development and will create a fictional character and comprehensive sketch. The goal is to encourage conscious thought processes and to invite the students to truly embody their character and make them as authentic as possible.
2. Myth making
In this two hour session, students will be introduced to the main elements of story, with a particular emphasis on conflict and why it’s vital. The goal is for children to learn how to structure a simple narrative plot. Popular myths and folk tales will be discussed and examined in order to serve as examples. Students will then create their own original tale.
3. Play production
This workshop takes place over the span of several weeks. The creation process will be two-fold; not only will students collectively write a theater play, but they will also build their own characters out of various materials. As students create and write out their scenes, the goal is for them to be conscious of character development, plot and the overall structure of the story.
Examples of activities
Following an initial presentation, students will be guided through a brainstorming session. They will write, discuss and draw out their ideas in order to generate inspiration. They will work together in groups, and the presenter will propose various exercises to help deepen the characters and plots. At the end of the workshop, students will present their work to the rest of the class. For the workshop on play production, there will be several rehearsals before the class presents the finished work.
The exercises and content will be appropriately tailored to the age and abilities of the students.
In all cases, this is an opportunity for them to learn how to work together, cultivate their own imagination, increase self-confidence and develop good writing skills.
The presenter will require a smart board or dry erase board. Please note that for certain workshops, there is a small fee for materials.
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