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Garland Literacy for Life Saturday, September 21

Curtis Culwell Center, 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd., Garland, TX 75040
09/21/2019 11:00 am09/21/2019 3:00 pm
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I'll be joining Garland ISD and the cities of Garland, Rowlett, and Sachse, along with many other authors to help host a free community-wide event with activities to inspire and transform through the power of literacy.

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Barnes & Noble Meet the Authors

861 NE Mall Blvd., Hurst, TX
08/17/2019 1:00 pm08/17/2019 5:00 pm
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Saturday, August 17 - Barnes & Noble Event - Teachers and school librarians! Come meet local authors at the Hurst Barnes & Noble, 861 NE Mall Blvd., Hurst, TX. Books, games, music, movies, and more are 25% off! I will be there to sign The Bronze Dagger, The Alabaster Jar, The Silver Coin, and Rising Hope. Come join me!

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Shallow vs. Deep POV – ACFW Workshop Speaker

Georgetown, TX
08/11/2018 10:00 am08/11/2018 12:00 pm
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What's the difference between a shallow and a deep point of view for fictional characters? This workshop defines and explores these differences by presenting three enemies that hinder, and four tips that can help deepen a character’s POV. The workshop includes a Powerpoint to illustrate the concepts presented and to stimulate discussion. Handouts and prompts will also be provided, allowing writers time to process and practice the items discussed. Length: approximately 60 minutes

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Bremond Polish Festival

Bremond, TX
06/22/2018 12:00 am06/23/2018 12:00 am
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Polish Festival - Author signing for Rising Hope

Author Visit, Union Middle School, 5/17/18

San Jose, CA
05/17/2018 9:30 am05/17/2018 3:00 pm

I enjoyed visiting with students at Union Middle School today. They were so attentive and sent me thankyou letters after the event. Here's an example of one of the letters:

"Dear Dr. Sontag,
Thank you for coming to UMS and sharing your presentation. It was inspiring and I loved your comparison between your dream and a hard-boiled egg. Also, your new series, Warsaw Trilogy, seems very interesting. Halina's story was very touching.

Shayna R.

Looking forward to visiting you again in the future, UMS!

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School Author Visit – Dartmouth Middle School

Dartmouth Middle School, San Jose, CA
05/15/2018 10:30 am05/15/2018 3:00 pm

I enjoyed visiting with the students at Dartmouth Middle School today. They had great questions and enthusiasm about the books they've read from my Ancient Elements series. I look forward to visiting DMS again in the future!

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Dallas Book Festival

Dallas Public Library, (214) 670-1400 1515 Young Street Dallas, TX 75201
04/07/2018 1:45 pm04/07/2018 5:00 pm
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The 2018 Dallas Book Festival will mark the twelfth anniversary of the Dallas Public Library’s premiere literary event. The Dallas Book Festival is a community-based literary event promoting reading, literacy, and writing and featuring over 100 local, regional and national authors. Activities include writing workshops, story times and activities for children, and music and dance performances.

Dr. Sontag will be on hand to sign books and to share a 1:45 pm presentation on where to find inspiration for writing. You'll also be able to see her ancient artifacts of a bronze dagger from the time of Hammurabi, an Egyptian alabaster dating back 3,500 years, and a Phoenician silver coin from over 1,300 years ago. Look for her and her North Texas SCBWI writing friends in the local authors' area.

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Research: Injecting Our Fiction with Life

Arlington, TX
03/10/2018 10:30 am03/10/2018 12:00 pm
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How can we inject relevant research, at appropriate moments and in accurate amounts, to help bring our fiction to life?  This workshop will provide tips on where and how to research in order to find the precise details needed to ground our fiction in reality. To get a more “hands-on” experience, you are invited to bring a laptop to further explore some of the sites we will visit. Handouts will be provided.

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Rio Del Mar School Visit

Aptos, CA
10/21/2016 10:00 am10/21/2016 5:00 pm

I got to meet students at Rio Del Mar in Aptos, CA. I had great interactions with them regarding inspiration and motivation in writing, and in life in general. I also loved watching their campus video via a drone. Notice the ocean in the background of this picture!s at Rio Del Mar in Aptos, CA. I had great interactions with them regarding inspiration and motivation in writing, and in life in general. I also loved watching their campus video via a drone. Notice the ocean in the background of this picture!

Union Middle School

10/13/2016 10:00 am10/13/2016 5:00 pm

I recently spoke at Union Middle School where students posted questions for me using an online tool called TodaysMeet.

Polish Festival

09/18/2016 10:00 am09/18/2016 5:00 pm

I recently had the pleasure of signing books from book one of my WWII series,Rising Hope, at St. Brother Albert Chmielowski’s church.

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Book Launch – The Silver Coin

08/31/2016 10:00 am08/31/2016 11:59 pm

Lawson Middle School

10/12/2015 10:00 am10/13/2016 2:00 pm

Usually when I visit a school, I sign and sell books to the students during break and lunch. At Lawson, however, they organized it differently. They took preorders before I came so that I had the students' names legibly written down and knew how many books to bring for the school, and the staff collected the monies beforehand. This allowed me to quickly meet with each student purchasing a book and sign it for them after each talk instead of waiting until snack break or lunch to sign the books. As at Kennedy MS, we met in the library, 2-3 classes at a time for their class periods over a two-day timeframe.Then, during snack break and lunch, only the students who wanted to meet with me personally were allowed to come to the library, and I had the time to sit with them in smaller groups to answer questions, chat, take photos with them. Several of them took photos (they all had a iPad!!) of the artifacts. What a fun two days at Lawson!

Kennedy Middle School

10/01/2015 12:00 pm10/02/2015 12:00 am

Oct. 1 and 2 I got to visit with the 6th graders at Kennedy Middle School (there are 600 of them!) and shared what it’s like to be a writer. I also showed them my 3,000-year-old bronze dagger, Egyptian alabaster jar, and Phoenician coin. We met in small groups of 60 so the students would have more “hands on” time with the artifacts. We also talked about having dreams and the persistence needed to pursue those dreams. One of the students was wearing the top in the above picture, and I pointed it out as a great slogan for what we were talking about. The next day she brought the shirt back so I could take a picture of it. What a sweet student!

SCBWI Writer’s Conference

07/30/2015 10:00 am08/01/2015 12:00 am

I’ll be in Los Angeles July 30 - Aug. 1 for the SCBWI writer’s conference. I’m looking forward to soaking up more about writing, and mingling with other authors, agents and publishers - because writing can be a lonely profession!

Author’s Night, Holy Spirit School

San Jose, CA
03/12/2015 10:00 am03/12/2015 12:00 pm

, March 12, 2015

Brian 3 15 HS
I recently spoke at Holy Spirit School in San Jose, CA for their Author’s Night where I shared with parents, teachers and students about being an author. I’ve always dreamed of being an author. I shared how dreams can be like a hard boiled egg. They are hard to crack, messy to unpeel, but worth the effort. I love meeting with students, teachers and parents!

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Challenge Your Creativity

School Assemblies
11/01/2014 10:00 am11/30/2014 5:00 pm

One of my critique partners, Rick Crawford, aka Ricky Bruce, and I held two assemblies for 1st-8th grade students at Alma Heights in Pacifica in November. When we addressed the 1st-4th grade students, we had them volunteer for “challenges” (singing, acting, walking with a book on their head), and then spoke on the challenges of reading and writing. We shared about challenges we’ve faced in writing, read a few paragraphs from our books, and then had time for questions and book signing. For the older students, we conducted a science experiment that involved lighting a match and dropping it into a bottle in order to create a vacuum that would suck the egg into the bottle. We then related the scientific principles illustrated in the experiment to principles students can employ when challenging their creativity. We also gave examples from our writing experiences of how we've dealt with challenges to our creativity and how applying the principles we shared made our writing stronger. Thanks, Alma Heights, for your warm reception and the chance to visit your beautiful city on the coast!

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Linden Tree Book Signing

Los Altos Linden Tree Books
10/03/2014 6:00 pm10/03/2014 8:00 pm

The Book Talk at Los Altos' Linden Tree Books brought together four different authors writing in four different genres. Many thanks to the community-minded booksellers at Linden Tree who made it possible. They even served punch and cookies! I highly recommend a visit to Linden Tree Books. One boy who bought The Bronze Dagger after the book talk later informed me via his mom that he "loved the book, thought it was cool," and told all his school friends about it. I was so excited to hear that because Bryan is exactly the kind of person I wrote the book for - boys who don't usually like to read!

Hicklebee’s Book Signing

08/23/2014 7:00 pm08/23/2014 10:00 pm

Hicklebee's was bursting with people and fun at our recent book signing! If you missed it, join us Monday, Oct. 3 at Linden Tree Books in Los Altos from 6-8pm.

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Hicklebee’s Bookstore Local Author Book Signing

San Jose
08/23/2014 2:00 pm08/23/2014 4:00 pm

Hicklebee's Bookstore in San Jose will sponsor a Local Author book signing day Saturday, August 23 at 2pm.

Spring 2014 School Visits

04/28/2014 10:00 am05/09/2014 1:00 pm

April 28 I visited classrooms at Union Middle School in San Jose. I loved being in the classroom again with students, talking about writing and answering their questions. Of course, as usual, they loved seeing the 3,000-year-old dagger up close!

On May 9, Rick Crawford and I shared our books with students at Morgan Hill Christian Assembly school. At the Morgan Hill event, the moms had a "tea" with their sons (although a few girls came). After the tea, Rick and I shared about writing, about our books, and then had a book signing. It was great being with the kids, and also interacting with the parents. We'd do it again in a heartbeat!

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