Posted On: Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The author Susan Campbell Bartoletti shared her insights on writing in a visit with students at Garfield and Harding Middle Schools on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The award-winning author of primarily non-fiction books for children and teenagers such as Hitler Youth, The Boy Who Dared and Growing Up in Coal Country, shared her method of writing and answered many interesting questions from the students.

Bartoletti’s books focus on historical events or eras. She has won a Newbery Honor Medal among numerous other awards. She shared with the students how often she spends a year or more researching her subject before writing even begins. A new book can take her anywhere from 2-4 years to finish. She shared how a novel is structured and how she always looks for “the moment when everything is different” to find the hook to start a book.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Bartoletti taught 8th grade English for 18 years. She said she never passes up a chance to visit with middle school students!

Bartoletti’s visit was made possible by the District’s partnership with the Lakewood Public Library.

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