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Many of the chapters in 52 Mondays work as stand-alone short stories. Using these as examples, Anna Ciddor leads a class discussion on how the stories have been crafted. Together they uncover the basic techniques for creating a short story with a good narrative structure and effective descriptive writing to bring the scene to life.
In this very special session each student brings along a grandparent or other relative to participate. Anna Ciddor shows them how to work together to breathe life into the past and create unique family stories – skills she honed working on her two most recent books. This is a great opportunity to build school-family relationships, […]
Using photographs, writing drafts, illustrating drafts and finished artwork, Anna Ciddor takes her audience on the journey from the first seed of an idea to the finished book. Bloopers and secrets are revealed along the way!
The Family with Two Front Doors is based on a real family who lived in 1920s Poland – a story with a Jewish theme that is not a Holocaust story. Anna Ciddor introduces her audience to the real family and lifestyle used in the story – an opportunity for students (and teachers) to learn about […]
This is a fun, practical and inspiring creative writing workshop. Students will be led in an easy exercise that approaches the creative writing process from an unusual angle – a process that teachers can replicate in their classrooms.
Using various examples, Anna Ciddor reveals her process of transforming dry facts into historical fiction – or interesting non-fiction. This is an interactive session, and students and teachers alike find it fascinating, practical and useful.
Using photographs and documents, Anna relates the incredible tale of her quest to uncover lost details of her family’s past, a process that took four years and carried her across the world to Poland. Students and teachers will be inspired by her detective work and persistence – and how the facts uncovered were turned into […]