I have two workshops prepared, one for children and one for adults.

Workshop: How to Design your Dragon (or Other Non-Human Character)

small dragon
small dragon – painted by my son, based on one of Anne McCaffrey’s Pern dragons

Based on Book: Draco’s Child

Ages: Grades 4 and up

Time: Short Presentation: 1 hour; Hands-on Workshop: 3 hours

Group size:  1 classroom.

This workshop can be  either:

  • a presentation that ends with suggested writing activities for the students to do later (1 hour), OR
  • a hands-on workshop where students design a character and do a series of drawing and writing activities using it. (3 hours)

In both cases, I walk the students through designing a non-human character, either a fantasy character like a dragon or space alien, or an animal like a horse or a centipede. We talk about how the non-human character is built physically, and how that impacts its interaction with the world. We also think about how such a character would communicate with a human, and vice versa.

I provide a list of activities the students can do ahead of time to get them thinking of ideas, and suggestions of how they can develop their characters further.

Workshop: Introduction to Using WordPress to Create your own Website

WordPress logo
WordPress logo

Ages: teens or adults (although teens can probably figure it out by themselves!)

Group Size: maximum 12

Time: 6 hours instruction with a break for lunch

In this hands-on workshop, I show people how to use free WordPress software to create their own websites. Participants need to bring:

  1. an idea of what they want to put on their website
  2. a laptop
  3. an email account they know how to access
  4. digital images they want to put on their website. These must be accessible from their laptop.

The facility must have:

  • enough space for everyone to set up their laptops
  • a reliable internet connection that is strong enough and fast enough for everyone to be using it throughout the workshop
  • a data projector and screen so I can project what I’m doing on my laptop for everyone to see.

I’ve done this one at libraries, community centres, and hotels.

Practical Details:

  • Fee: contact me
  • Travel:  I charge the SWG rate for mileage: 42¢/km. Or bus fare, if applicable.
  • Meals: I will look after my own lunch. If I have to drive a long way, I appreciate you paying for supper.
  • Accommodation: If I have to stay overnight to do the presentation, you are responsible for providing accommodation.
  • Facility Rental and Publicity: your responsibility.
  • If you want to book this workshop, I will send you a contract so we are clear on what the arrangements are. (Or you can send me one.)

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