Spends long hours in her garage at night under the hood of poems doing poem repair
Has a cat named Snot
Named her car (Mortimer)
Named her bike (Neon Leon)
When she was eight years old, named her knees (Yogurt and Silhouette)
April Halprin Wayland Author
Recent Titles New Year at the Pier—A Roshashanah Story (Dial), Girl Coming in for a Landing—A Novel in Poems (Knopf), It’s Not My Turn to Look For Grandma! (Knopf), To Rabbittown (Scholastic)
Kindergarten through adult April tailors the day to your school's needs. She leads:
picture book writing workshops
creative writing classes
small Master Classes for specially chosen students
hands-on teacher in services
Assemblies SECRETS OF A CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITER April's illustrated presentations emphasize rewriting. Her message? "Good Writing takes Time." Whatever the age, there's lots of audience participation. Guaranteed fun: April plays the fiddle!
Poetry and Writing Workshops In her poetry and writing workshops (60—90 minutes—for ages ten and up) April teaches craft and inspires ideas. Workshops include:
WHAT WOULD CELERY SAY? THE SILLY SIDE OF MASK POETRY
W.O.W!--A WRITERS' OBSERVATION
SECRETS INTO POEMS
Conference Presentations for Teachers and Librarians and Teacher In-services All-day workshop:
WRITING THE PICTURE BOOK
Shorter workshops include:
TURNING THE KEY: HOW TO START THESTORY ENGINE
POETRY GAMES FOR YOUR CLASSROOM
TAKING THE WHINE OUT OF WRITING AND
Accolades "I've taught at schools all over the world, and in my entire career, I've never seen a better author presentation than April's."
"This has been the best day in my teaching career."
"(Her) energy is infectious."
"Not only (was she) fun to watch and listen to, but (she) inspired us to the best writing we've done all year."
"Wow! This is the best and most thorough, practical information I've ever received. Thank you so much."
"This was an outstanding class! I feel invigorated. I not only learned about writing, I learned about LIFE."