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School to Careers Event
A Writer’s Life: What It Takes to Make Your Living with Words
Subject Areas:
    Careers/Vocational Education
    Guidance/Personal Growth
    Language Arts/Communication
The life of a writer may seem glamorous: a flurry of book signings and bestseller lists or a blog with thousands of followers. For most people who make their living at writing, though, the career means deadlines, attention to detail, and consistent work to build and communicate with an audience.

The great thing about writing is that it takes so many forms. Reporters, novelists, copywriters and bloggers all make their living from writing, yet they may have very different personalities. Writing as a career path allows you to use your creativity, imagination and curiosity in ways that suit your individual strengths.

Author and publisher Deb Engle will talk about what led her to be a writer (it started with a 5th-grade book report) and the many ways writing can look as a career. She’s done many of them…from copywriting for The Des Moines Register to writing crafts books for Better Homes and Gardens. She’s worked on videos, magazines, marketing publications, op-ed pieces and children’s books. She’s also the author of a book that was reviewed in Oprah magazine, and she’s had essays in collections with the Dalai Lama and Robert Louis Stevenson. Now, her company publishes books for other authors, helping shape their writing to connect with readers.

Deb will share three essential things to make a writing career a reality. And through it all, she’ll communicate how vital it is to do what brings you joy. If writing is your heart’s desire, find a way to follow that passion, and you’ll be rewarded with a life of imagination and unlimited possibilities.

Suggested Prerequisites:

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Standards: (Hide Standards)

Applicable standards from MCREL:

Self-Regulation Standards

Standard 2: Performs self-appraisal

Level IV [Grade : K-12]
1. Performs analysis of employability
2. Understands preferred working environments
3. Understands career goals
4. Determines explicit behaviors that are used and should be adopted to obtain wants and/or needs

Notes:

Sessions are provided at no cost by Iowa Public Television in collaboration with the Iowa Communications Network to PK-12 students and the adults working with or on behalf of PK-12 students in Iowa.

Contact Person:
LaShell Staley

(800) 532-1290 or (515) 725-9725
lashell@iptv.org
Offering Dates & Times: Registration Deadlines:
September 11, 2013
 Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Audience: Grades 7-11
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
September 11, 2013
 Wednesday, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Audience: Grades 7-11
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
September 11, 2013
 Wednesday, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Audience: Grades 7-11
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
October 29, 2013
 Tuesday, 1:35 PM - 2:15 PM
Audience: Grades 9-12
Thursday, October 24, 2013
February 19, 2014
 Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Audience: grades 7-11
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
February 19, 2014
 Wednesday, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Audience: grades 7-11
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
February 19, 2014
 Wednesday, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Audience: grades 7-11
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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