Jean Patrick
Author, Speaker, Storyteller

Jean L.S. Patrick is the award-winning author of twelve books for young people, including The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth; Four Famous Faces; and her newest book, Long-armed Ludy and the First Women's Olympics (Charlesbridge, 2017).

For more than seventeen years, Jean has been making nonfiction come alive for thousands of students in South Dakota and throughout the United States with her interactive presentations and energetic writing workshops.

Jean enjoys working with all ages (Pre-K through adults). Her presentations for large groups include storytelling, audience participation, and plenty of hands-on learning opportunities. In fact, she is known to use old baseball gloves, shot puts, Mount Rushmore drill bits, and stacks of her rough drafts to demonstrate her research and writing process.

Jean's writing workshops (for classrooms or small groups) encourage creativity through wordplay, kinesthetic activities, found poetry, and the use of primary sources and photographs. (Residencies based on Jean's Mount Rushmore books work especially well with 4th-grade South Dakota history units.)

Jean holds an M.F.A. in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her books for children and adults have won state, regional, and national awards.

A typical one-day residency includes 4 presentations and/or workshops (your choice of combination). Evening presentations for family nights are also available.

Primary audience: Youth

Technical Requirements:
Laptop and projector (with ability to show DVD) Screen Cordless microphone Space to display visual aids and to interact with audience Someone to provide technical assistance for set-up

Fee Structure:
$400-$1100/day (includes mileage and lodging) SDAC provides up to 50%.

Contact the artist:
Jean S. Patrick
Mitchell, South Dakota
Phone: (605) 770-7345

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