Jack Gantos

Appearances & Workshops

Jack offers creative writing and literature sessions (online and in-person*) for all ages: from primary grade picture books, to elementary and middle grade journals and short stories, high school short stories, novels, and memoirs. In addition, Jack has specific teacher writing workshops for all grade levels and talks for conferences and professional associations tailored to their needs. 

Creating picture books using all the “elements of writing” within a well-organized “beginning, middle, ending” story structure. Of course, it all begins with creating great characters like… ROTTEN RALPH!

How to set up the writer’s journal in order to capture great ideas from personal experience, how to write a first draft, and how to bring structure and the elements-of-writing together for a well-organized and polished story.

Writing workshops for upper grades cover setting up a writer’s journal to a full range of writing forms. Books covered include: The Trouble in Me, Desire Lines and the Printz/Sibert Honor award winning Hole in My Life.

Including Library and other professional associations.

Presentations tailored to the organization’s theme and needs.