October 30, 2012


Posted in REA Releases at 5:16 pm by ranchoencinitasacademy


Anne Bromley reads her story, The Lunch Thief, to the students at Rancho Encinitas Academy

Local children’s book author, Anne C. Bromley, speaks to Rancho Encinitas Academy students about her picture book, The Lunch Thief, and the process of becoming a published author

October 29, 2012 – Encinitas, CA – Students at Rancho Encinitas Academy were treated to a special visit by Encinitas-based author, Anne C. Bromley.  After a read-aloud of her book, The Lunch Thief, Bromley spoke to the children about the writing process and what goes into the making of a children’s book.

Paul Wulle, director of Rancho Encinitas Academy, invited Bromley to speak to the students because there are a number of creative, aspiring writers at the school.  He wanted them to understand the mechanics of going from idea to published book and that it takes a tremendous amount of patience, persistence and commitment to achieve that goal.  Bromley reinforced the notion by explaining to the children that it took her 5 years to become published since the inception of her idea.  “I actually went back to school to learn how to write for kids,” Bromley said.  She went on to explain that joining the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators helped her understand what certain editors might be looking for.

Bromley’s story is about a young child who steals lunches from his classmates.  By asking prediction and comprehension questions throughout her reading session, Bromley helped the students understand the “lunch thief” had a secret that explains why he was stealing.  She discussed the characters in the story and how they were based on her real-life observations of children in various public places such as the mall.  She talked about the illustrator’s use of live models, including his own daughter, to create the images and even showed the students thumbnail sketches or “samples” of the various spreads.

At the end of the session, Bromley offered extension activities and teaching tools for those teachers interested in implementing more creative writing lessons in their classrooms.  Namely, “Get to Know Your Main Character,” is an important story-starter exercise in which students describe what their character looks like, his or her personality traits and what the character’s name is.  A brief Q&A session was followed by closing remarks from Mr. Wulle who told the students, “It requires patience, but don’t get discouraged.  Don’t ever give up.”

About Rancho Encinitas Academy

Since 1995, Rancho Encinitas Academy (REA) has prepared students for high school in a child-focused, nurturing environment that encourages knowledge, creativity, self-reliance and fosters organizational skills.  REA serves students from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.  For more information call (760) 942-2011, visit www.ranchoencinitasacademy.com, or connect with us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RanchoEncinitasAcademy.

About Anne C. Bromley

Anne C. Bromley is a business writing instructor and consultant who teaches seminars throughout southern California.  She has also taught creative writing workshops for children and adults.  She has published two books of poetry with Carnegie Mellon University Press.  She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, as well as a Master of Education degree and lives in Encinitas with her husband Rod.  For more information visit http://www.annebromley.com



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