The perfect birthday gift for my favorite almost 9 year old? Â A writing workshop with her favorite author of all time, Johnathan Rand. Â She met him at a book signing two years ago at this same indie book store in town, but this was an afternoon of epic epicness, as she says. Â She was so thrilled.
And Johnathan Rand is the nicest guy. Â I chatted with him for a bit before the workshop. Â He’s from northern lower MI, so of course we compared snow falls.
Miss W got to be his assistant for a few activities, which she loved. Â At one point he gave them a paragraph and told them to continue the story. Â He had a couple people read theirs aloud. Â When he heard Miss W’s he had her stand up and read it again so the whole place could hear it, he liked it so much. Â He thought it was a fantastic example of writing a complete story in just a few sentences. Â I told her they sometimes call that “sudden fiction” or “minute fiction”.
At the end he gave them all signed posters and a book of American Chillers Word Searches. Â Miss W got her favorite book, Dangerous Dolls of Delaware, signed, along with a couple of other things.
Not bad for a snowy Sunday afternoon.