Kersten Hamilton

Keresten HamiltonAuthor Website: Kersten Hamilton

Author Address: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Genres: Picture Books, Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Historical, Young Adult, Fantasy


Picture Book People: 

Grades K-3
How writers, editors, artists, printers and most importantly readers work together to create great books.

An interactive, conversational presentation which follows the creation of a picture book from the first flash of inspiration through writing, working with an editor and an illustrator, and finally the importance of a good reader to finally bring the book to life.

This presentation is perfect for students who are just beginning to experience the excitement of reading, as well as those who are preparing to pursue their own creative process creating classroom books. Making and reading books is hard work. But it is worth it!

OceanIs That A Fact?
Grades 1-3
A non-fiction literary adventure in exploring, describing and celebrating our wonderful world.
This Is The Ocean
, which describes the water cycle in lyric poetry, will be used as a model as students are encouraged to observe and describe the world around them. A detailed Teacher's Guide including literature, art, classroom experiments and brainstorming sessions related to the water cycle will be provided. Teachers and librarians are encouraged to make copies and share.

ButteflyTrack That Fact!
Grades 3-5

A fact-finding expedition into the fantastic-and fun-world of research.
This presentation explores the writing of the nonfiction book,The Butterfly Book: A Kid's Guide To Catching, Raising And Keeping Butterflies. Students will learn how authors use the library, the Internet, expert interviews and conduct personal research as well as the importance of verifying facts.

Tyger TygerCreating the Characters of Tyger Tyger
: Grades 6-12"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts…" William Shakespeare

When it comes to understanding human nature, Shakespeare knew more about the human heart than Sigmund Freud ever learned. He had to. His livelihood depended on it! Shakespeare created characters so universally human, so intimately like us that they have lived on for hundreds of years. Your effectiveness as a writer of fiction depends on your ability to create characters as well, characters who explore your readers' deepest fears, their secret loves, their greatest yearnings. How is it done? Characters can never live or breathe on the printed page. They spring to life inside your readers, in their hearts and minds. It is the marvelous mix of mind and soul in every human that makes storytelling possible. This essential 'humanness' transcends cultures and leaps like lightning across centuries-it is the stuff of legend and myth, the stuff of literature… and the stuff of bestsellers. We will explore the complete spectrum of tools available to writers in the hearts and minds of their readers, from a positive response to armatures (human shaped things) hardwired into our sub-brains at birth, to exploration of archetypes such as Hidden Nobility, the Universal Quest, and the Yearning for a Lost Father. Writers strive to hold the hearts of readers-in their hands. This session discussed how its done!

Audiences: K-12

Available Times: Any time!

No recording of Skype Sessions without permission from the author.

No Cost Meet the Author Visit: 15 minutes

In-Depth Visit Length: 30-60 minutes

In-Depth Visit Cost: $50-100

Prerequisites: Students should have read one or more of my books, and have questions ready

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Affiliations: SCBWI

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