Performers and Programs

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Performer name: Kathleen Moore
Phone: 518-649-3306
Mailing address: 14 Morris Ave
Schenectady, NY 12308
E-mail address:
Previous appearances at: Stillwater Library, Siena College, Mont Pleasant Middle School
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 03/16/2015

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Finding A Story Genealogy,
Literature- Creative Writing
This program focuses on how to find a "good" story to write, beginning with the fundamentals of story-telling. For adults, I often focus on genealogy research or life stories. For teens, life stories often work best, but I introduce them as finding a story that will bring readers into their world and let people see what they see. For children, I teach the fundamentals of what makes a story god, versus boring, and then let their imaginations go wild.
Up to $100
Killer Dialogue Literature- Creative Writing
This course is geared toward writers, so it works best for adults, teens, and some pre-teens. The goal is to inject realism into dialogue. Topics: how to write the way people really talk, how to impart information without putting it all in dialogue, and how to showcase character through dialogue.
Up to $100
Bringing the story to life through description Literature- Creative Writing
This program is for writers, so it's best for adults, teens, and some pre-teens. The goal is to get beyond "the green, green grass." Topics: how to describe every-day things, how to know when there's enough description, when to describe things, and when it's okay to just say "the table." For advanced writers, this class can also get into using description for plot clues and character development. This is a fun class with a lot of little activities that keep the class moving at a good pace.
Up to $100
The story's written, what now? Revision! Literature- Creative Writing
This program is for writers, so it works best for adults, teens, and some pre-teens. For this class, every participant must bring in a piece of writing they've completed. I'll go over the basics of revision: how to evaluate the content for both areas that need improvement and areas that are done well, and why grammar and spelling are the last step in revision (not the first step, as writers so often believe). Then the participants will break up into groups of two and begin helping each other revise, as I moderate. Alternatively, for younger writers: they can read a segment of their writing, and I can moderate a group discussion of it. The focus is very much on helping writers find not only weaknesses but also their strengths. Participants are taught to say: This was done well, you need to keep this part, I liked these things for this reason. Then, they're allowed to discuss areas that need improvement, but only by offering specifics ("This confused me" is good criticism; "I didn't like this" is not helpful at all).
Up to $100
Unleash your creativity Literature- Creative Writing
This works best for younger writers (preschool, juvenile). It can be done with teens or adults, but it's best if the age groups are not mixed together. This course is a series of fun activities that help the participants get rid of their inner critic, find their inner imagination, and discover the fun of imagining things.
Up to $100
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