Hank Fincken has published some thirty short stories, essays, and a book of plays. Each reflects his love of language, structure, and ideas pertinent to our times. In this interactive workshop, students will discuss the differences between writing fiction and non fiction and then, depending on the specific needs of the student audience, Hank will give a dramatic reading of his work. During the reading, Hank points out specific word choices and imagery that helps the listener experience the story or essay. A discussion follows in which students will be encouraged to debate the author's goals and how issues or conflict were or were not resolved.
For younger students, this program will focus on stories based on Andean myths, tall tales, and fables. For older students, stories that deal with cross cultural experiences, high school, and life itself will be explored.
When the focus is on non-fiction, Hank will read from some of his published essays. His work includes biographies, contemporary issues, and satire.
Teachers should be prepared to discuss their educational goals when requesting the program. The program content will be customized to each teacher's needs.
Here are two evaluations from two eighth grade teachers who were doing a unit on writing biographies:
- "Mr. Fincken's love for writing was palpable. What a great role model for students! He is a true writing expert. He gave wonderful information and he was very motivating and encouraging. Finally, he did a fabulous job of tailoring the program to the students' needs. Thanks Hank!"
- "Hank helped me to better design my lesson plans and instructional strategies. Hank's enthusiasm and knowledge brought a fresh and professional prospective to our biography unit."
In this workshop participants will:
- Understand the role the senses play in writing
- Appreciate the importance of word choices to create mind pictures
- Compare and contrast fiction and non fiction
- Reinforce the elements of a story and the structure of an essay
- Compare and contrast the author’s perspective with that of the reader
- Explore the relevance of literature to everyday life