An Author's Passion"Next to writing, traveling and speaking are my passion - especially when schools are involved! I love the energy, creativity and enthusiasm of young people and educators and have worked and taught in various school settings myself. Sharing my stories and writing experiences with students and faculty gives me the chance to continue contributing to the educational process. My goal is to entertain, engage and inspire kids not just to write, but to take life head-on, to build self-confidence and to develop lives of purpose and direction. My school visits focus on comedy, high energy and a personal approach that, along with audience participation and the ample use of props, is designed not only to entertain but also to deliver a message. Stories are most effective when used to teach, and I make it my business to do just that."
Assemblies and Workshops for All Ages
Write Makes Might
Grade Level: 3-5
Approximate Time: 1 Hour 15 min
"Chris Weedin inspired Summitview Elementary students to write creatively and write well. Student volunteers shared in the spotlight as they acted out a scene from Chris' book, demonstrating the importance of details in describing characters and settings. Masterfully woven into a fabric of fun and games, Chris conveyed a plethora of fundamental philosophies of writing and character development. Students left the assembly eager "to write... to create... to dig up an idea and give it life." Chris' performance earned rave reviews from both students and teachers, who are already demanding an encore appearance in the form of classroom writing workshops."
-- Crystal McDonald, Principal Summitview Elementary
"Thank you for helping make writing come alive to our kids yesterday! You have a wonderful way with kids. They were all engaged and excited. I hope we get a chance to work with you again..."
-- Lisa Bradford, Teacher
Bite Me Once, Shame on You
Grade Level: 6-12
Approximate Time: 1 Hour
"Chris Weedin presented his amazing wit, talent, skills and charm to 300 excited students. Weedin is an instant friend to his audience as he involves them in the life and times of vampires, the writing process and working towards a goal. His lively, interactive, visually appealing and all around fun presentation was a hit and the after effects include a very long list of kids that can't wait to read the Graveyard Shift Series, Book One - Midnight Snack!"
-- Audeen Smart, Librarian
"Chris Weedin brings 'vampire feng shui' to his alliance of horror and comedy. Weedin's books and classroom presentations offer delight to students and educators as he describes the world of writing, reading and modern day fictional vampire warfare."
-- Chandra Harpel, West Valley Middle School
Grade Level: 3-5
Approximate Time: 1 hour
If you are interested in having Chris Weedin speak or present at your school, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.