I spent ten years as an instructional designer and strive to create learning experiences that both inspire and educate. I hope to encourage children to love language, the world, and themselves. I believe that reading, writing, and “moodling” can help them do all three! I offer several presentations to choose from:
How to Be a Great Moodler
This immersive group experience inspires confidence and creativity in young writers. Paige opens by giving everyone a “ticket” to the Realm of Possibility—a blank piece of paper. To redeem their ticket, students must come up with one idea of what life would be like if anything was possible. Next, they learn how to turn their idea into a story by “moodling.” Moodling involves letting your mind wander and taking notes along the way. When Paige breaks out in Worry Warts (I’m not good enough! No one will read this!) the students must help come up with a cure. This presentation may also include a reader’s theater from The Lost Track of Time.
Wisdom Begins in Wonder
Small people have big questions! Paige begins her presentation by asking everyone to think of the biggest questions they can. She then shares all the things she wondered about as a child. Why is the sky blue?, Do cows ever give chocolate milk?, and Who am I? Next, she reads her picture book, Why Am I Me? and then leads everyone in a game designed to help them discover ways we are different and ways we are all the same. This engaging presentation encourages children to celebrate both unity and diversity.
Where Do Books Come From?
In this interactive presentation, Paige tells students how she went from scribbling ideas in her notebook as a kid, to writing for a living. She even reads a story she wrote in third grade. Students are often curious where writers get their ideas, so Paige brings along one of her “moodle” notebooks to share. She introduces students to the Hero’s Journey and shows how she used elements of her own life as the basis for her stories. She then leads students through a fun activity to demonstrate how they can do the same!
Conferences & Workshops
I love speaking with other writers! And when I say “writers,” I mean anybody who wants to express themselves through the written word. I know what it’s like to show up to a blank computer screen day after day . . . year after year . . . and wonder how to say what you want to say and whether it matters if you do. The answer is, Yes! I have several classes and workshops that express that “Yes!” in different ways. Here are a few:
Writing with a Lump in Your Throat
Robert Frost once said, “A poem begins with a lump in the throat . . .” So does a story. I began writing because I had something stuck inside me that wanted to get out. By telling the personal story behind The Lost Track of Time, I hope to inspire other writers to take their own “lump” and shape it from something hard and unmoving to something alive and on the page.
How to Be a Great Moodler
Moodling isn’t just for kids. Author Brenda Ueland says, “. . . the imagination needs moodling,—long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.” Of course it does! Moodling teaches us how to switch gears from being merely productive to being truly creative. From making stories up, to discovering them inside us all along.
Writing from the Quiet
As a meditation instructor, I love to teach writers how sitting and writing go together. Sitting meditation teaches you how to work with distractions (both internal and external), connect with your true voice, and be courageous—on paper and in life!