Suzanne Morgan Williams

Bio:

Suzanne Morgan Williams is the author of the middle grade novel Bull Rider and eleven nonfiction books for children. Bull Rider is a Junior Library Guild Selection, is on state award lists in Texas, Nevada, Missouri, Wyoming, and Indiana, and won a Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City. Suzanne’s nonfiction titles include Piñatas and Smiling Skeleton, The Inuit, Made in China, and her latest book, China’s Daughters. Suzanne has presented and taught writing workshops at dozens of schools, professional conferences, and literary events across the US and Canada.

Photo Credit  Joe Collier.

Presentation:

WRITING YOUR WILDEST DREAMS (with Terri Farley)

Suzanne Morgan Williams and Terri Farley have done some crazy things while researching their fact-based fiction. Suzanne has been stranded on sea ice in Hudson Bay. Terri rode at a full-out gallop across the Nevada range as part of a Pony Express reenactment. In this workshop presentation, they set their collective sights on a new challenge – to guide literary-minded participants to identify their dreams, focus on their own unique stories, and mine their deepest memories to create fresh and original writing. 

Together, Morgan Williams and Farley encourage writers of all ages understand the excitement and importance of real world research, as well as offering guidance on how to approach it. In particular, they focus on that essential research tool – the interview – and share their insights on how to go about choosing who to interview, how to best make initial contact, and how to ask productive questions. They also offer strategies for using hobbies as a means of discovering new topics. In addition, throughout this presentation, the authors’ make selective use of storytelling and brief readings to show how dull facts can be turned into fresh fiction and how research adventures can be transformed into dynamic writing.

Appropriate Audience:  Adults; students grade 4-12.

Duration: Adults 1-3 hours. Students 1-1 ¼ hours. Please discuss the appropriate length for your organization with the Presenters.

Presenter Requirements: 

  • Means for screening digital presentation. Presenters will bring own laptop
  • Wireless microphones if room/audience is large.

If equipment indicated above is unavailable, please discuss alternatives with Presenter.

Categories: Creative workshop, literature