Mar 6 2012 7:38am

Sherrilyn Kenyon Inspires at The Most Awesome School Visit Ever

Sherrilyn Kenyon InspiresSherrilyn Kenyon’s recent school visit to inspire creativity in kids at one Mt. Pleasant High School seems like The Most Awesome School Visit Ever. I don’t remember having an author ever come to my school to give a talk. And I’m pretty sure if one did, she (or he) wasn’t a romance novelist.

In fact, I’m pretty sure I was convinced after one particularly lackluster Career Day that it would be a good idea to be an accountant on the grounds that even if the economy is tanking, the world always needs accountants. I wish I had known as early as these kids now know that creativity matters just as much. Reading matters. Books matter. Of course, in all fairness, if I had known that, I wouldn’t be able to do my own taxes. But, I digress. 

Do you remember an author ever coming to your school for a talk?  Did it inspire you to read more or change what you were reading?  Did it inspire you to write? 

Photo by Christine Seiber

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Megan Frampton
1. MFrampton
An author never came to visit, but a local DJ did, and then dropped the f-bomb (this was high school). I didn't necessarily think that was cool--my parents did that all the time--but I did end up going into the music industry for awhile. And then onto writing.
I still can't do my own taxes.
Christopher Morgan
2. cmorgan
Yeah...the best we got was The Morris Brothers (http://www.themorrisbrothers.com/) and something intended to scare the crap out of us at prom that involved faking a wreck and having a guy dressed up like the grim reaper walk around our halls for a day. So yeah, High School in Mesquite was lame. Oh and LOTS of military recruiters. Looking back I'm not sure how I made it out...
Beth Cato
3. Beth Cato
When I was in 6th grade, author Dan Pilkey came to my school. I was really excited about it. His talk at the assembly, though, seemed to rehearsed and was utterly forgettable. I did order a signed book from him, but it was a matter of paying for the book in advance and getting it later. No one got to see them autographed.

This is what really made the whole experience annoying.

I bought Dragon's Fat Cat (the Dragon series became a TV show in recent years). I asked for it to be signed to "My Fat Cat Elephant." I was in 6th grade, and didn't think of the use of second person. Well, he signed it literally, as if Elephant was HIS cat. That has always irritated me.
Tori Benson
We never had anyone famous come to my high school. :( My high school was like an upper class prison, lol, no one wanted to come there.
My kid though has had quite a few children's authors come to her elementary school.
Liz Maverick
5. Liz Maverick
Come to think of it...I think Jared Leto went to my high school. You know, James Franco the, um, poet? I wonder if he's ever gone back to...inspire.
Heather Waters
6. HeatherWaters
I went to a couple young authors conferences, and my schools were pretty good about having guest speakers, but I don't remember getting to meet anyone like Sherrilyn Kenyon. How awesome that she took the time to speak at that school. I know I'd have loved that!
7. ChelseaMueller
We didn't have a novelist come, but my high school's creative writing teacher was able to get several of us in for workshops with poet William Kleofkorn.

He was a funny guy, clever and gave me my favorite trick for helping with writer's block. The guy always wrote on yellow paper. So, whenever I'm staring at a screen thinking something isn't working, I switch to yellow paper. Bill's theory is that white -- be it paper or screen -- is blank, and thus intimidating. Yellow paper is already a bit dirty.
Liz Maverick
8. Liz Maverick
Chelsea, I LOVE that (in at least a couple of different ways). "Yellow paper is already a bit dirty." Heh.
9. ChelseaMueller
Liz, try it sometime! Years later, I still use the trick.

Also, dirty. Heh.
Marian DeVol
10. ladyengineer
We never had a novelist come to my grade school or high school, but my 7th grade teacher, John Trott (http://www.co-opliving.com/coopliving/issues/2000/november/birds.htm), was friends with Chandler S. Robbins (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandler_Robbins, http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/whatsnew/events/robbins/), senior author of Birds of North America, and had Chan stop by and give a talk on ornithology.

I already had a copy of BoNA and had Chan autograph it. Although that early edition paperback field guide is in two pieces (split spine) and falling apart, it has an honored place on my book shelf held together with a rubber band.

John Trott taught my class how to band birds. He had a bird banding license with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and was a skilled wildlife photographer. Somewhere I still have a few of his photographs of birds.
Cherale White
11. PNRReader4Life
Yea, I recall a children's book illustrator coming to my school when I was back in elementary. But not really the author. Would have been cool though.
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