Author Visits and Workshops
|Writing Residencies & Author Appearances
Santucci has been appearing in schools/libraries, teaching writing workshops, and participating in
extended writing residencies in schools throughout Illinois–and elsewhere.
She'd love to visit in your community.
|Barbara Santucci has been a member of the faculty for the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua, New York.
Photo Credit: Motophoto
Barbara Santucci is available for school, library, and
workshop/conference visits. She is a seasoned presenter and relates to
all age groups. Since she is both a writer and an artist her
presentations and workshops often integrate components for writing and
artistic expression -- and always with a goal of creating lifelong
readers and learners.
Her writing process is closely linked to her visual art process and
frequently the themes present in one show up in the other. in her
stories for children she strives to portray something that she feels is
worth saying. But her stories also entertain because that is the
function of a writer.
Her art and writing workshops are filled with creative encouragement
and enthusiasm and always include involvement of those in the audience.
Conference Workshops - Adults
Poetry and the Picture Book
Picture books are meant to be read aloud to
children; therefore, they should delight the listener. In picture
books, as well as verse, every word counts. The language can
include image-making in the form of metaphor, simile and
personification. Rhythm, rhyme and repetition will give life to the
words on the page. Poetic devices can enrich all of our writing and
provide stories that are rich in characters, ideas and emotion.
Point of View and the Picture Book
The author’s job is to make the reader care about
their characters and what happens to them in our stories. One way to
achieve this is by the use of a strong point of view. A good use of
point of view will help the reader feel the actions and emotions of the
characters by taking us along on their journey. The reader sees and
feels everything through the eyes of the character and will connect
with them if we use this technique well.
The Use of Metaphoric Objects in Children's Stories
The poetic device of metaphor
creates images in readers' minds through the use of figurative
language. Such images serve to clarify emotions and abstract concepts.
A familiar concrete object often is used to symbolize an abstract
concept or emotion. This invites readers to stretch their imaginations.
Examples will include several children's books that use the device of
metaphor to illustrate difficult concepts and emotions.
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