Carole Vogel's Presentations and Workshops:
What Do Nonfiction
Writers and Students Have in Common?
In a fifty-minute presentation geared for grades 3-9, Carole Vogel explores the
common ground that nonfiction writers share with students. Using an interactive
approach, she demonstrates how her stories evolve from idea to printed word
utilizing the same strategies students apply in report writing. These dynamic
and fun presentations reinforce the research and writing tactics students
require for creating successful reports. Ms. Vogel also addresses the pros and
cons of using the Internet for research.
What Does It Take
to Become a Writer?
This fifty-minute presentation for grades 3-6 explores the process of becoming a
writer. Hands-on materials from actual book projects are used to demonstrate the
making of a book from start to finish. The necessity of rewriting, the challenge
of selecting the right photographs and illustrations, and the survival of the
editing process are emphasized.
Thinking Like a Writer
Designed for grades K-2, this 30- to 45-minute presentation shows younger
students how nonfiction writers create stories from their own experiences or
from real events that have happened in the world. Carole Vogel demonstrates the
steps used in writing a story—prewriting (thinking), drafting (painting with
words), revising (checking for a strong beginning, middle, and end), editing
(making it better), and publishing (selecting the best work).
The Man Who Flies
This 30- to 45-minute
PowerPoint presentation introduces students and their parents to the amazing
work of Yossi Leshem, the Israeli bird expert who soars with eagles—and with
storks, and other high-flying birds. By tracking the migratory patterns of the
500 million birds that pass over Israel each year, Yossi has been able to
significantly reduce the number of bird/airplane collisions in his nation’s
airspace. The presentation is chock full of stunning photographs of Israel’s
Writing about Someone Else’s Life
Telling the story of someone’s life can be tricky, whether you
are writing about a famous person whom you never met, or you are compiling the
history of living members of your family. How do you sort truth from fiction? Is
it okay to write about embarrassing or hurtful events if the person is still
living? How can you keep the story interesting if the person was or is sometimes
boring? In this presentation, Carole Vogel discusses the research process,
writing challenges, and ethical dilemmas that writers face when their topic is
another human being. This 50-minute presentation is for grades 3 through adult.
Creating Your Own Weather Legends
Snow, sleet, thunder and rain—modern science gives us complex
explanations for the weather we experience. In ancient times these tools didn’t
exist. Native Americans viewed the sun, wind, and clouds as living entities with
a spirit and personality of their own. How would you have explained the fury of
a thunderstorm? Based on Carole Vogel’s book Weather Legends: Native American
Lore and the Science of Weather, this 45-minute workshop for grades 2-9 will
allow students to invent their own weather legends. The use of vivid verbs will
Who Needs Natural Disasters?
In a 50-minute PowerPoint presentation for grades four and up, Ms. Vogel
explores the vital role played by volcanoes, earthquakes, wildfires, and floods
in maintaining Earth’s life-nurturing environments. As she delves into the less
sinister aspects of natural disasters, Vogel shows how desolate the world would
be without these cataclysms.
Writer in Residence
In a period of five to six weeks, Carole Vogel works with a core group of students in
grades 4-8 to produce a nonfiction book from beginning to end. In teams or as individuals,
students research, organize, write, edit, and publish their own books about a disaster
that impacted their community, such as the 1938 New England Hurricane. This approach can
be adapted to writing about scientific phenomena, historical events, biographies, family
histories, sports, and how-to-books. It focuses on the research and writing skills needed
for reports, term papers, and communication in the business world.
For Adults: Writing Nonfiction
Topics include a detailed overview of the research process, determining if a
topic is salable, finding and approaching experts on your subject, steps
involved in the actual writing process, photo research, and how to obtain
illustrations if you can't draw. Guidelines for marketing manuscripts,
negotiating contracts, working with editors, and promoting books are included.
Presentations: 90 minutes. Intensive workshops: Half day or full day.
For Adults: Creating Compelling Stories from the Heart
In this 90-minute presentation, Carole Vogel will share her strategies for
writing about the significant moments in a person’s life. The emphasis will be
on describing events that elicit powerful emotions and capturing the qualities
of the people who touched your life. This talk will be applicable to people
writing for their own pleasure and for those with an eye toward publication.
Number of presentations Carole gives in a day: Maximum of four
Group size: Individual classes or two classes combined
Books may be ordered through your local bookstore or directly from the author
before her visit
ARRANGING A SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
If you are interested in contacting
Carole G. Vogel to arrange a speaking engagement contact her by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include
the following information:
Your name and the name of your organization
The date for which you would like to schedule a speaking engagement
And the location where the speaking engagement will be held.