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Liam O'Donnell

writing for young minds

School Visits


Meeting Max Finder fans in Nunavut

I love visiting schools so much that I became a teacher!

Now, I’m a teacher with my own classroom. Unfortunately, my time available for school visits is extremely limited but get in touch and let’s see what we can work out.

Email me at: mail [at] liamodonnell [dot] com and I’ll be happy to send you my rates and available dates.

Here’s details of one of my most popular presentations:

Between the Panels: How Comics are Made

Grades: 4-8 | Size: 60 students max. | Length: 45-60 minutes

Drawing on my work from The M-Team to Max Finder Mystery, students dive into the world of comics to learn how the writer and illustrator work together to shape a rough idea and turn it into a full colour comic.

This interactive presentation includes:

Mysterious Brainstorming: Through a combination of quick-thinking and sharp detective work, students use brainstorming techniques to identify the essential elements to a mystery and see how an idea grows into a full story.

visitmysterytheatre.gifMax Finder Mystery Theatre: Students star in a collaborative comic reading and mystery solving session featuring a classic issue of Max Finder Mystery. Can your class crack the case and catch the bad guys?

Scribbles to Script: Step into the shoes of the writer and see how we use brainstorming techniques, outlines and many revisions to build a mystery idea into a complete comic script.

Pencils to Print: Using actual comic sketches, students get a hands-on look at how the writer and illustrator work together to bring the comic to life from rough pencil drawings to final colour pages.

Tips for Creators: Writing tips and advice are offered throughout that will help studentsget started on their own creative projects.

Ask an Author: A fun and informal Q&A session that lets students pick my brain to find out anything they want to know about being a writer and the writing process.

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