Local author shares craft secrets with Lawton writers

Local author Lori Sawicki takes questions about writing stories from Jan Starr's fourth graders.
Local author Lori Sawicki takes questions about writing stories from Jan Starr’s fourth graders.

Nov. 1, 2013

By Tara Cavanaugh

Lori Sawicki knows a few things about writing.

The Saline-based children’s author recently published her second book, “The Power of Two,” a story about bullying that is aimed at middle readers. Sawicki shared her writing tips and inspiration with classes of Lawton Elementary students this week.

Sawicki met with third, fourth and fifth grades and discussed brainstorming ideas, conducting background research and creating book cover art.

“It makes the writing process more authentic, more real for them, when they see someone face to face who is going through the process,” said Lawton media specialist Connie Peurach. “When they meet real writers, I think they see that lots of people can be authors. It’s not something so beyond their reach.”

The students are learning peer-to-peer editing, how to write mysteries and how to create suspense in stories.

“The students are smart, inventive, and they ask provocative questions,” Sawicki said after talking with Jan Starr’s class of fourth graders. “They really seem to understand how to create drama in a story.”

Sawicki, will be at the Lawton Scholastic Book Fair on Nov. 20 to sign copies of “The Power of Two.” The author also has another book coming out in this winter called “When Truth Puts Its Shoes On.”

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