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The Presentation:

I normally present to the 6th or 7th grade.  I do a one hour interactive PowerPoint presentation for one or two classes at a time.  My goal is to inspire students to enjoy reading as well as write stories of their own. I discuss the creative process involved in making up stories. I also do a few magic tricks as memory queues to reinforce some key points and keep it fun. At the end, we make up stories on the fly as students create a character, then give me a place, problem and solution. I do a maximum of two presentations a day or three if there is a break built in. I will also chat with writing groups if you wish and do not consider that as part of the presentation. For additional information regarding an author visit, contact David directly at stricklen@gmail.com.

Rave reviews from students and teachers alike:

“Beneath and Beyond and Through the Eyes of the Beast are in constant demand in my room. As soon as someone turns one of them in, it is checked out again. Word of mouth has promoted the books because students appreciate the fast moving plot and action. As a teacher I feel the book is well written so that I can use passages for mini lessons on techniques and concepts such as explode a moment, vivid verbs, and figurative language.

“David’s presentations to my classroom added to the interest in the books. He is an excellent speaker who offers students advice and tips that they can easily apply to their writing. His diverse life experiences and interests make it easy for every student to find a way to connect to him as a person. The magic tricks and interactive presentation kept the interest of even the most reluctant middle school students.”

-Sandy, 8th Grade teacher, Grandville

Student Quotes:

I enjoyed how he helped us find better describing words to create a story of our own. I’ll remember how he talked us through the process of writing with the rope/magic trick… it was so cool! I am definitively going to read his whole series
- Belle Richards

The presentation was great! I loved hearing about the writing process from someone with the real experience. We especially like the activity when we were able to create our own story. We learned about how to make my writing better using different word choice, and that a lot of work goes into writing.
Rachel Fiekema

Mr. Dave Stricklen taught me a lot about writing that I am going to remember for a long time.
Harry Julien

In Mr Stricklen’s presentation I can honestly say that I wasn’t bored for even a second. It was great! I learned that in order to even begin your journey to writing a spectacular story, it is required that a plot graph is made. This will help you stay on track as you write your story and perhaps speed up your writing process. I really liked that Mr. Stricklen was laid back and easygoing with our class. Possibly in the future during the presentations he could include instructions on how to do his magic trick with the rope!
Lyza Hockemeyer

The presentation from Author David Stricklen was quite enjoyable.  Mr. Stricklen revealed a process of imagination-exercise I had yet to discover. Actually picking a random magazine clipping and creating a back-story is quite brilliant.
Katherine Sikkema

Yesterday Mr Stricklen taught us some really great techniques about becoming better writers. I really enjoyed how we created a story out of nowhere. All together it was a really cool experience.
Lian Ammerman

I like that you got the whole class involved so we weren’t bored. I will remember the exercise we did where we created a story from everybody’s ideas.
Nicole Howerda

Your book is very interesting. I think once Mrs. Tilley finishes the first one I will get the second one for myself.
Nikiya Cole

Your book is very interesting and it gripped my attention just hearing the title. There are plenty of well-developed characters, and intriguing creative new things, I hope to finish it soon.
Jordan Sugiyama

I really like how you had visual aids and you kept everyone interested, no one was bored at all.  I also really enjoy the book. I can’t wait to finish it and I can’t wait for book two to come out.
Collin Roof

He also used new and exciting techniques that I have never seen before that were very detailed and interesting.
Joe Farris

I learned how to make a character, how to form the person so it feels just like you know them.
Starr Brown

I really like your writing style and look forward to your second book.
- Matthew Oomkes

I can’t wait to read what books that you have already written and upcoming ones.
Sofia Phaneuf

I can’t wait until I order your book because then I can read it over and over.  Thanks for your inspiration!
Jenni Parks

It was the most fun I ever had with an author guest or guest at all for that matter. It was fun making up Margarita. It was the most fun I’ve had in school this year!
Melanie Youngquist

 

Past Events:

January 2015

13th Total knee replacement surgery. Speaking schedule interrupted.

February 2015

Recovery from knee replacement.

March 2015

29th Michigan Reading Association Conference including book signing at DeVos Place.

30th Michigan Reading Association at DeVos Place. Conducting two writers’ workshops.

April 2015

14th Cedar Springs Middle

15th Cedar Springs Middle

16th Cedar Springs Middle

January 2014

9th Thornapple Kellogg Middle

10th Thornapple Kellogg Middle

16th Zeeland Lincoln Elm

21th Northview Crossroads Middle

22th Northview Crossroads Middle

24th Northview Crossroads Middle

February 2014

5th Zeeland Lincoln Elm book signing

18th Forest Hills Eastern Middle

19th Forest Hills Eastern Middle

20th Forest Hills Eastern Middle

21st Forest Hills Eastern Middle

25th Forest Hills Northern Middle

March 2014

3rd Cedar Springs Middle

4th Cedar Springs Middle

5th Cedar Springs Middle

6th Cedar Springs Middle

7th Cedar Springs Middle

September 2014

19th Speaking at the SCBWI conference – Mackinaw Island.

October 2014

27th East Rockford Middle

28th East Rockford Middle

29th East Rockford Middle

30th East Rockford Middle

31st East Rockford Middle

November 2014

3rd Lowell Middle

4th Lowell Middle

7th Lowell Middle

11th SE Kelloggsville Elm

13th SE Kelloggsville Elm

December 2014

9th Northview Middle

10th Northview Middle

11th Northview Middle