Have Jeff Visit Your School or Group

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Writer’s Workshop at Parkview Elementary School – where the teachers like to have a little fun themselves.

The following is an updated Calendar of Events for Jeff Kurrus. For more information on Jeff’s programs, please see his current topics below. Or, to design a program specific to your group’s desires, contact him at jeffreyekurrus@gmail.com or call him at 402-659-8326.

10/24/17 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

10/25/17 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

10/26/17 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

10/26/17 Writing Workshop at Louisville Elementary School in Louisville, NE.

11/14/17 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

11/15/17 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

11/16/17 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

11/16/17 Writing Workshop at Louisville Elementary School in Louisville, NE.

11/21/17 Eclectic Book Club Presentation in Omaha, NE.

12/12/17 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

12/13/17 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

12/14/17 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

12/14/17 Writing Workshop at Louisville Elementary School in Louisville, NE.

1/23/18 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

1/24/18 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

1/25/18 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

1/25/18 Writing Workshop at Louisville Elementary School in Louisville, NE.

2/20/18 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

2/21/18 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

2/22/18 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

2/22/18 Writing Workshop at Louisville Elementary School in Louisville, NE.

3/14/18 Reading and Book Signing Event for “Can You Dance Like John?” at the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center in Alma, NE.

3/20/18 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

3/21/18 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

3/22/18 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

3/22/18 Writing Workshop at Louisville Elementary School in Louisville, NE.

4/3/18  PEO Group Presentation in Lincoln, NE.

4/17/18 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

4/18/18 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

4/19/18 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

4/19/18 Writing Workshop at Louisville Elementary School in Louisville, NE.

5/15/18 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

5/16/18 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

5/17/18 Author-in-Residence Visit in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, NE.

5/17/18 Writing Workshop at Louisville Elementary School in Louisville, NE.

 

TOPICS

Can You Dance Like John?

In this talk, Jeff discusses his forthcoming all-ages photographic picture book. He shares information regarding how the book came to fruition, including his relationship with the book’s photographer Michael Forsberg, the revising process with more than 1,000 students from multiple school districts, and how he found a publisher in the University of Nebraska Press and Bison Books. An informative look at the publishing process for students and other would-be writers.

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Writing’s 7 Most Important Questions

School after school, student after student, Jeff has seen that the toughest part of the writing process is getting started. But by teaching students writing’s 7 Most Important Questions – Who, What, When, Where, How, Why, and Can – new writers are empowered to always keep their pencils moving, whether writing fiction or nonfiction. They just have to take that very scary first step forward. It’s a must-have workshop for reluctant writers.

Photos are from kids playing in the water at sunset at Calamus State Recreation Area in Garfield County. Kurrus, July 31, 2014. Copyright NEBRASKAland Magazine, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

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Working with Writers

In this talk focused toward teachers of writing, Jeff breaks down what he has seen in the various classrooms he has led – from students in lockdown facilities, University writers trying to publish their work, and all writers in between – to reveal the common-sense secrets to creating an exciting writing environment in what can be a very intimidating environment.

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An Author’s Life

When he was growing up, Jeff was convinced that writers were raised on a farm somewhere in the middle of nowhere, only to be released upon the world once their work was book-ready. He still thinks that many students who love to write think the same things. So he debunks the myth with an honest, and sometimes, humorous look at the day-to-day normalcy that an author’s life is.

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Common Sense Photography

With no formal education in photography, Jeff learned at Nebraskaland Magazine how to create publishable, award-winning photographs. In this talk and slideshow presentation he shares a common-sense approach to photography, where attention to detail in the world around you becomes paramount to locating fascinating visual subjects.

Pictured is a wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) walking on private land in Cass County. Kurrus, June 7, 2017. Copyright NEBRASKAland Magazine, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

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Jeff covers these and other topics with a slideshow presentation and follows these presentations with a question/answer session and book signing. For more information, email him at jeffreyekurrus@gmail.com or call him at 402-659-8326.