Minnesota author speaks to WDC 5th and 6th graders
Award-winning Minnesota author William Durbin spoke to WDC fifth- and sixth-grade students recently in the Robertson Theatre, where he gave an interesting presentation on his life as an author and some valuable advice.
Durbin, who lives on Lake Vermilion near Ely, Minn., talked about his books and how he thoroughly researches his historical fiction novels. He also shared how he eventually became an author and what it takes to be a good writer. Durbin encouraged students to find the time to write every day.
"The way to become a good writer is practice. Write, write, write!," Durbin told students. "It doesn't matter what kind of writing you do. The more you write, the better you will get and the more you will enjoy it."
During the school year, the fifth-grade students read Wintering and the sixth-grade reads The Broken Blade by Durbin. His other books he's written include: Blackwater Ben, The Darkest Evening, Song of Sampo Lake, El Lector, The Winter War and The Journal of Otto Peltonen: A Finnish Immigrant.
Special thanks to Mr. Durbin for spending time at WDC and sharing his work and talents with students!