Insight into the Writing Process

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Baylis Elementary School welcomed popular children’s author Kate McMullan, who met with students of all grade levels to share her experiences as an author and to provide a fun and informative overview of the writing, illustrating and publishing process.

Sponsored by the Baylis PTA Author-Illustrator Committee, McMullan’s workshop in the school library included a student Q&A, with the author answering interesting questions such as “When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?,” “Where do you get the inspiration for your books?” and “How do you handle rejection?” “You have to have thick skin to be an author,” McMullan told the students in response to the last question.

According to committee chairperson Lauren Goff, the Baylis library contains many of McMullan’s popular books, so students were familiar with her work. This includes the popular “Dragon Slayer Academy” series, for which she provided some insight. McMullan also took the time to autograph books.

“I always liked to write,” McMullan told students. “I like doing it, even though it’s hard work.”