Writing and Teaching from the Heart

Virtual Presentations & Workshops

Georgia Heard will be offering virtual visits and staff development to schools, libraries, and conferences for the 2020-2021 school year. She is a frequent speaker at conferences for writers and educators and visits schools all around the world. Scroll down to see a full list of virtual presentations and workshops. If you are interested in scheduling a virtual speaking engagement, click here to fill out the contact form to learn more about current rates and availability. Please include the name of your event or school, city where it takes place, dates, and type of event, and which virtual format and topic you prefer.

Virtual Student Workshops and Professional Development Workshops with Teachers

Topics for Virtual Student Workshops and Professional Development Workshops with Teachers

1) The Heart of Nonfiction Writing Workshop

In this writing workshop, I’ll introduce writers to writing nonfiction using mentor texts tailored specifically to your students. I’ll give purposeful minilessons on nonfiction craft tools and text features that students can apply to their nonfiction writing. Students will brainstorm ideas for topics together, write independently, as I confer offering positive and constructive feedback, and at the end of the workshop we’ll celebrate their nonfiction writing.

Based on Georgia Heard’s book Finding the Heart of Nonfiction

2) Worlds of Wonder: Bringing Inquiry and Curiosity into the Virtual Classroom/ Grades 1 – 5

We will be turning our Zoom sessions into a virtual World of Wonder: a place to observe, ask questions, explore, have conversations and write and wonder together. In each session, we’ll focus on a different aspect of inquiry and create a landscape of virtual wonder together through writing and reading.

Based on Georgia Heard & Jen McDonough’s book A Place for WONDER: Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades

3) The Revision Toolbox: Writing Workshop/ Grades 3+

This writing workshop will take writers through a full writing cycle from finding a seed idea in a writer’s notebook and/or brainstorming ideas for topics, drafting, and crafting and revising writing using a handful of specific revision strategies and craft tools. I’ll also be giving strategic writing conferences on students’ writing.

Based on Georgia Heard’s book The Revision Toolbox: Teaching Revision Techniques that Work

4) Poetry Writing Workshop/ All Grades

Writing poetry is a way for students to hone observational skills, learn how to write with precision and accuracy, let imaginations soar, and express what’s on their hearts and minds. In this one to five-session writing workshop, students will be writing a different type of poem every session from a persona poem to a haiku, among others.  I’ll give mini-lessons on the elements and craft of poetry as well as revision techniques that will help students refine their poems. Students will brainstorm ideas for poems together, write independently, as I confer offering positive and constructive feedback, and at the end of the workshop we’ll celebrate their poems with a special poetry reading.

Based on Georgia Heard’s books Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School and Climb Inside a Poem: Reading and Writing Poetry in the Primary Grades (co-authored with Lester Laminack)

5) Writing and Reading Poetry for Social and Emotional Learning/ Grades K –

Reading, sharing and talking about poems offers a way for students to connect with each other, build community and help meet their emotional needs. In this five-session reading and writing workshop, students will read poems specifically selected as touchstones for dialoguing and writing about thoughts, feelings and empathy for others.

6) Heart Maps: Helping Students Create and Craft Authentic Writing/All Grades

If ever we need to connect with our hearts and the hearts of others, it’s during this difficult and challenging time. In this workshop, I will guide participants of all ages in creating a heart map to express what’s stored in your hearts. I will then guide you in writing in a variety of genre choices from those heart maps. Participants can choose to focus on one of twenty different kinds of heart maps. See a sample of heart maps below and watch this video of me introducing heart maps to students:

What I Love Heart Map

Identity Heart Map

Gratitude Heart Map

Based on Georgia Heard’s book Heart Maps: Helping Students Create and Craft Authentic Writing

7) How To Eat a Poem: Poetry Book Club/ Grades 2+

Poems can wake us up, make us laugh out loud, jump for joy, see the world in a new way, and communicate with the deepest parts of ourselves.  In this five session virtual book club, we’ll read one or two poems per session from a short handpicked anthology that includes poems in different voices, styles and forms. We’ll have conversations about the poems, and experiment with different ways of understanding and going deeper into a poem’s meaning such as writing off of a poem, and illustrating a poem’s imagery. We’ll discuss the emotional impact of a poem as well as other elements such as:

  • Topic choice
  • Word choice
  • Rhythm
  • Line breaks and stanza
  • Title
  • Form
  • Punctuation

8) Author Visit/All Grades

A full-Day Zoom author visit includes three presentations plus a 20 minute Q & A session. Students and staff will have the option to order personalized, signed books. Georgia Heard is the author of seven children’s poetry books and in this fun and interactive session she will share her poems, invite children to participate in reading and performing poems, and discuss her writing process.

Children’s Books by Georgia Heard

My Thoughts Are Clouds: Poems for Mindfulness (forthcoming February, 2021)

Boom! Bellow! Bleat! Animal Poems for Two Or More Voices

Creatures of Earth, Sea, and Sky: Poems about Animals

Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems

The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems

Songs of Myself: An Anthology of Art and Poetry

This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort

Choose from Six Virtual Formats (or Customize Your Own)

1) Individualized 60 minute Zoom writing or reading workshop using a workshop format beginning with a mini- lesson, followed by writing and/or independent reading time, conferring, and sharing. All Grades

2) 50 – 60 minute writing or reading workshop for five consecutive days Monday – Friday using a workshop format beginning with a mini- lesson, followed by writing or independent reading time, conferring, and sharing. All Grades

OR

50 – 60 minute sessions for five days spread out over two to three weeks using a writing or reading workshop format beginning with a mini- lesson, followed by writing or independent reading time, conferring, and sharing. All Grades

3) Two – three hour Staff Development Teacher Workshop on Writing or Reading (see topics below). All Grades

4) Three 45 – 50 minute writing or reading workshop sessions with students and 20 minute conference time with teachers between each workshop. All Grades

5) Full day Staff Development Teacher Workshop 9:00 – 3:00 with a mid-morning break and short lunch break. All Grades

6) Keynote and/or featured speaker at a virtual conference.

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