Writing Fiction & The Story of Claws Storytelling & ELA


Writing Fiction & The Story of Claws

Type: Performance|Remote
Art Form: Storytelling & ELA
Grade Level: 3-12
Scheduling Request

Life on Shipwreck Island is a bore for twelve-year-old Easterly Wind and her friends Brian (age 9) and Kristin (age 10) until something strange happens just before the island’s annual Summer Celebration Dinner.  A lobsterman goes missing while fishing off the island, and there are signs of foul play.  Then, just a day later a local sailor's boat is found adrift, minus the missing sailor.  The three children becomes obsessed with the mystery and begin an investigation that leads them down a path of adventure. . .

NY Times Bestselling Children's Author, Michael Tougias, mixes an environmental story with danger and adventure that will have readers on the edge of their seats. 

In his slide program Tougias discusses the story using slides and explains the keys to writing fiction, as well as his process writing for young adults.

Program available in person, or live online.

Length: 45-55 min
Audience Limit: 300
Curriculum Connection: Writing, Environment

For scheduling in person, venue must schedule a minimum of 2 performances/day

Single Performance: $500
Additional Performances: $400
Travel: $75 per day
Pricing may vary for weekends/out-of-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts

Virtual: School sets up link for remote meeting and makes the artist a co-host. Screen share must be enabled, however please turn off ‘annotation’ feature. Artist may need to sign on 20-30 minutes prior to the meeting to check sound levels. A representative from the school must be on the call to spotlight the artist video, facilitate Q+A and mute students as needed. Please introduce the performer as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts artist.



1 reserved parking space
Water for 1 person
Multimedia projector for Michael to hook his computer (PC) up to
Projection screen
Large table to display artifacts and books
Electrical outlet
Extension cord
Microphone if over 75 students (if possible)
Performance space: must be spacious enough for the above items to fit at the front of the room with space for artist to walk around during presentation.

Arrival time before first performance: 30 minutes
Strike time: 30 minutes
Time needed between performances: 5 minutes
Teachers are asked to model appropriate audience behavior for students.

Please introduce the performer as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts artist.

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