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Friday October 5, 2018 at 2:09pm Age: 264 days
Category: Intermediate, District


Author Alan St. Jean visited third, fourth and fifth-graders at Minisink Valley Intermediate School today, Oct. 5, and spoke at different grade-level assemblies about how good writing leads to good stories and memorable books.


Mr. St. Jean spent the first 20 years of his professional career in business and management. In 2002, he made a life changing decision to pursue his true passion, which is a love for writing and teaching.


 In 2007, he completed the final book of the award winning “Aidan of Oren” medieval trilogy, a heartwarming and epic tale of friendship and courage written for all ages.


Mr. St. Jean, who lives in Ohio, entertained students as he talked about  how outstanding books include the elements of humor, resolution, memorable characters, mystery, conflict and, yes, even “scary stuff.'" 


“I spend a tremendous amount of time focusing on what makes a really good book because I know you will be reading it,” he told students as he sprinkled jokes among his discussion about writing. “I want my books to mean something to you.”


As part of his visit, Mr. St. Jean led a special lunchtime progressive writing workshop for selected third, fourth and fifth-graders in the library. There, he led students in exercises giving them some beginning experience in writing content --- with plot twists --- focusing on romance, fantasy, Western and “scary” genres.


Mr. St. Jean, who is also a songwriter and musician,  autographed books for students who purchased selected titles.


The annual event was coordinated by Librarian Kathy Buying.