The Middle School has hosted two authors in the past fortnight: Eric Wilson and Kit Pearson. Both writers spoke to students about what makes a strong story, how they write and the importance of reading. Below, one of our Grade 7 students describes hearing from one of her favourite authors, Kit Pearson.
Kit Pearson: An Author Visit
by Julide, Grade 7
Do you want to be an author? If so, this is the right article for you! As Gustav Flaubert says, “Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.” Kit Pearson couldn’t agree more. As a child who grew up in Canada and now lives in Victoria, Kit Pearson is a voracious reader. She says that reading is one of the most important things that you have to do in order to be an author. Here is her recipe to become a successful author.
Materials needed: an eager, sharp mind and plenty of books. Then, a publisher, editor and many fans. Lastly, you will need the excitement to spread your stories around.
Step 1: Read as many books as you can. This step is key in order to continue this process.
Step 2: Be original. Don’t copy anyone else’s work, as it wouldn’t reflect who you are.
Step 3: Start off with a good first sentence for your story. Your first sentence should pull your readers in.
Step 4: Simmer your ideas.
Step 5: Come up with your main character. Your main character is what will set the story apart from the others.
Step 6: Redraft over and over until your story is perfectly cooked.
Step 7: Serve your book to the world!
Kit Pearson decided she was going to be an author after she read the book Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery. She told us that she published her first book in 1986, called The Daring Game. It was a smashing hit and from then on, Kit Pearson knew she was destined for the job of being an author. She taught us many tricks of the trade when it comes to writing, and many of us now know that we want to follow in her footsteps.
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Cicero
Visiting authors inspire students throughout the school year. Read Grade 9 student Sidney’s takeaway from Merlin author T.A. Barron last year.