Would You Like Lynda to Visit?

This information (plus SKYPE Info) may also be found on my website:  HERE
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As an experienced teacher, Lynda loves to speak with children in grades 5-8 about writing. The following programs each include a humorous PowerPoint slide show. All presentations touch upon the “Be someone’s hero” theme, as well as staying resilient when times are tough and how writing can become a useful coping strategy. Time frames include Q&A.
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The Real Deal: Using your life experiences to create powerful fiction that feels real. Author will do short readings (a page or less) from One for the Murphys and then tell the autobiographical story that lead to each scene. You’ll be surprised how different the real story is from the Murphy version—but that’s part of the message. Stories can come from the most unlikely places (45-60 min)
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Let’s Start at the Beginning. The opening of a story is crucial. It is the reader’s introduction to your voice, plot, and character. This introduction is the most important part in terms of keeping the reader reading. Create beginnings that readers can’t resist. (45-60 min)
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More than a Name: For me, character development is the most important part of a story. Sure, the plot is important, too, but if your reader doesn’t care about the character, the plot isn’t nearly as compelling. We’ll discuss the many layers of character development and do some activities that teach adding layers to your characters.(45-60 mins)
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Revise for the Prize! Nuts and bolts suggestions for students to revise/improve their work. Because of hands-on activities/small group discussions, this program works best with a group no larger than 40. (45-60 min)
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The Whole Shebang! An over-arching view at the elements of compelling writing. Using a memorable mnemonic device, students will leave with suggestions to apply to their own writing immediately. The list of essential things that students’ writing must have in order to linger in readers’ minds and hearts. This program covers a lot of material; for this reason, this program is recommended for grades 7&8. (75 minutes)
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Please contact me for more information. I am happy to tailor presentations to your needs and/or curricula. All presentations will encompass various areas of
The Core Standards.
*Teachers’ Guides will be available as a printable pdf soon.
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ØFull Day Program: $750 (Can be tailored to each school’s wishes. Mixture of large/small group presentations)
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ØHalf Day Program: $600 (State of CT only) Limit of three presentations)
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~I do not charge for lodging or travel within the State of Connecticut.
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~Areas outside of CT: For Rhode Island and Massachusetts (including Cape Cod) I will not charge for lodging unless I am to present at your school for multiple days. There will be a nominal charge for travel, however.
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~I am enthusiastic about traveling country-wide. However, host must pay for transportation and lodging costs in addition to speaking fees. Consider surrounding schools to book speaking engagements with Lynda. This way, flight and lodging costs can be split among districts.
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~Lynda prefers to book her own transportation and hotel when necessary.
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Praise for Lynda as a presenter:
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ØLynda presented to the toughest audience in our school and you could hear a pin drop on the carpet.They were really captivated by her personal stories that tied into how and why authors write.I have hosted many authors over my 19 years of being a media specialist and her presentation was definitely one of the tops!She really knows how to connect with this age group.
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One of my students came in today to tell me she read One for the Murphys last night and loved it!I would definitely recommend Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s presentation to any school that teaches 4th through 8th grade.
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               ~Sara Schutz, Library Media Specialist, Oakdale, CT
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ØLynda Mullaly Hunt knows how to connect to kids. She reaches out and pulls them in. She tells stories that they can relate to and inspires them to be hero’s. I definitely recommend her as a guest author. The kids loved her! Teachers, too! Also helpful that she connects to facets of the Core Standards!
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               ~Laurie Murphy –Teacher, Capt. Isaac Paine School, Foster, RI
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Ø”Lynda Mullaly Hunt connects to students with personal stories, and explains how personal experiences can translate into vivid writing. As a former teacher,  she knows how to engage students and how to ignite the desire to read…and write. I hope she can come back again next year!”
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                ~Robin Greenwald, 7th Grade Teacher, Montville, CT
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Ø”Lynda’s presentation was amazing. The students were completely enthralled. Her entertaining writing ‘tips and tricks’ could easily and immediately be used in the classroom. She makes writing look easy!”
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               ~Karen Craig, 6th grade teacher, Marlborough, CT
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Praise for One for the Murphys:
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“This is a beautiful book, filled with hope. You’ll cry and laugh along with Carley as she learns to lower her defenses enough to love—and, more surprisingly, be loved. It’s a story you’ll long remember.”
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~~Patricia Reilly Giff, Newbery Honor-winning author of PICTURES OF HOLLIS WOODS and LILY’S CROSSING
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“An astonishing debut! Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s direct style of writing has readers rooting for Carley Connors and all of the Murphys from start to satisfying finish.”
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~~Leslie Connor, ALA Schneider Family Award-winning author of WAITING FOR NORMAL and CRUNCH.
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“Mullaly-Hunt’s writing is fearless and One for the Murphys is a story that is at once compassionate, thought-provoking and beautifully told. From the first page, I was drawn into Carley’s story. She is a character not to be missed or forgotten.”
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~~Jacqueline Woodson, Newbery Honor-winning author of FEATHERS, AFTER TUPAC AND D FOSTER, and HUSH  
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A Bit about Lynda:
~~Lynda Mullaly Hunt taught both third grade and sixth grade for almost ten years. She is also a former Future Problem Solvers Scenario Writing coach. Although she is now a full-time writer, she still misses being in the classroom.
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~~She does manuscript critiques and speaks at writers’events, as well as elementary and middle schools.
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~~She is active in SCBWI-NE, where she’s the Director of the Whispering PinesWriters’ Retreat in Rhode Island .
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~~Lynda maintains her blog entitled, Be Someone’s Hero, where she writes about craft, the author’s journay, and ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things. This blog also includes Mentor Monday, where kid-lit professionals weigh-in on their mentors.
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~~Knowing how rare it is for foster children to own their own books, Lynda began and is the administrator of “Book Train for Kids” which helps collect and distribute books to foster children.
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~~A client of Erin Murphy Literary Agency, she is also a contributing member of Emusdebuts, a group blog of debut authors, chronicling their paths from book contract to bookshelf.
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~~Lynda is also a member of The Class of 2k12, an amazing group of children’s authors that have/will release books in 2012
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~~She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two kids, impetuous beagle, and beagle-loathing cat.
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~~Her next novel, Alphabet Soup, will be released in spring, 2014.
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Please contact me at    Lyndamullalyhunt@yahoo.com
My agent is Erin Murphy of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency
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I would love to hear from you! I do reply to mail with a short note. :-)
Mail can be sent to:
Lynda Mullaly Hunt
PO BOX #360
East Glastonbury, CT  06025
2 Comments

2 thoughts on “Would You Like Lynda to Visit?

  1. Lauren Walton

    Hi Lynda i sent you a letter in New York to your publishing company i hope you get to read it and enjoy it. :) my name is lauren walton and i live in Esat Hampton CT

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