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Carter speaks frequently to adult and young adult groups. He is
willing--indeed prefers--to design programs to meet the needs of a
particular audience. Among the topics he often addresses: the creative
process; improving your writing; writing the young adult novel; and
Mr. Carter has given programs and speeches for schools,
libraries, and conferences in New York, Georgia, California, Wisconsin,
Oregon, Louisiana, Nebraska, Kansas, Florida, Indiana, Washington,
Maryland, North Dakota, South Dakota, North Carolina, Tennessee, Iowa,
Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine,
Nevada, Ohio, and Utah
to national conventions of the American Library Association, National
of Teachers of English, and the International Reading
Association. He recently gave a reading from his novel Bright Starry Banner
at the national convention of the Civil War Preservation Trust.
Inquiries regarding Mr. Carter's availability and fees for
speeches and school visits can be made to the author at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-389-1108.
I Couldn't Be Batman, So I
Took Next Best: Making Dreams Come True. A program for
elementary students. Contents: pursuing dreams; how stories are found
and written; questions; reprise on making dreams come true.
Dreams on Paper: the Creative
Process. A program for young adults from middle school through
high school with variations to fit age groups. Contents: the process of
becoming a writer; where writers find stories; creating characters;
writing and rewriting; a little about the publishing industry; your
First Amendment rights; how to improve your writing; why I write for
young adults; a few gentle words about surviving the teenage years.
The Elephant’s Q-tip: an
Exercise in Creativity. A program for elementary and
middle school students. Mr. Carter constructs an odd contraption
of a brick, a broomstick, Duck tape, and a rope. What is
it? His explanation: an elephants’ Q-tip. (The rope is to pull it
out if it gets lost inside the ear.) Students then write and share
their alternative solutions. (Clubs and the like not
allowed.) Guaranteed to inspire both creativity and excitement
Whack It with a Webster's:
Improving your Writing. A program or workshop for middle school
students and older. Contents: basic writing, organizational, research,
and rewriting skills with an emphasis on writing school papers.
Hooked on Reality: the Art of
Nonfiction. A program or workshop for junior high or high school
students in English, history, or science classes. Contents: how
nonfiction books are researched and written; research tools; organizing
the essay or report; supporting your opinions; crediting your sources;
writing and rewriting skills.
The Creative Forge: Turning
Ideas into Fiction. A program or workshop for creative writing
students. Contents: choosing your form; plotting; creating characters;
writing dialogue; pacing your story; avoiding amateur errors; becoming
Of Toads, Cameras, Editors, and
Asthma: How We Wrote and Photographed a Picture Book. A program
for any age, delivered collectively or individually by Siri M. Carter
(age 16), Dan Young (a lot older), and Alden R. Carter (even older yet).
From Pen to Press: An Extended
Writers' Workshop. Contents and number of days can be tailored
for students from upper elementary through adult.
I’m Tougher than ………..: Writing
about and Overcoming our Fears. A workshop of one to
three days adaptable for children from first grade through high
school. Mr. Carter shows slides of his books I’m Tougher
than Diabetes and I’m Tougher than Asthma. Students then set
about creating their own “book” about how they are “tougher” about than
a fear or problem.
Creating a Children’s Picture
Book in the Classroom. A one or two day workshop for
teachers, on creating an I’m Tougher Than…. picture book.
How to Get Published without
Going Mad in the Process. Author of nearly forty books
including novels, nonfiction, and children’s picture books, Alden
Carter talks about the business of publishing and surviving as a
writer. Young writers or adults.
Special Books for Special Kids:
Creating Photo-Essays about Challenged Children. A slide
presentation on the Carters' books on asthma, Downs syndrome, vision
disabilities, and cerebral palsy.
Dreams in Abundance.
An inspirational speech for graduations, National Honor Society
A Layman's View of the World's Emerging Superpower."
Banner: Writing a Civil War Novel for Adults.”
“Brother to the Eagle: a
Reading from the Civil War journals of Sgt. Ambrose Armitage, 8th
Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.”
"Love, Football and Other
Contact Sports: a reading from Mr. Carter's recent collection of
stories with hints on short story writing."
"Of Curve Balls and High Heat:
How I Came to Write a Baseball Novel."
"Of Wolves and Fire: the Writing
of a Young Adult Novel."
"Between a Rock and a Hard
Place: Writing Young Adult Adventure Fiction."
"Of Wolves and Fire, Canoes and
White Water: Darkness and Hope in the Young Adult Novel."
"Characters that Connect:
Writing Fiction for Young Adults."
"In 6,000 Words or Less: Writing
Nonfiction for Children and Young Adults."
"Writing to Sell: Techniques,
Packaging, and Marketing."
"Don't Lie to the Kids: the
Ethics of Writing for Young Adults."
"Love, Life, and Potato Salad:
Reality and the Young Adult Novel."
"Sifting the River of Memory:
Writing Historical Fiction for the Y2K Generation."
Alden R. Carter, 1113 W. Onstad Dr., Marshfield, WI 54449-1732. Phone:
715-389-1108 (office & fax); 715-387-6559 (home). E-mail: