I love visiting schools so much that I became a teacher!
Now, I’m a teacher-librarian with the Toronto District School Board. That means I visit schools every day. Unfortunately, it’s probably not yours. 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: liamodonnell[at]gmail[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.
Max 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.