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Presentations are lively, interactive, STEAM oriented, and geared to the age level of the students. There are a number of ways to get ideas and write a first draft, but my favorite is a character-driven method in which I draw for the students as we create a character together, then build a possible plot from this character study. I talk about revision, the editorial and book production processes, and the importance of persistence.


Comments from schools visited:

"Lisze had a great rapport with the kids."
          ~Kern County Young Authors Fair

"They will not soon forget how you made them feel, giving them your time and attention."

"They knew you liked them and respected their opinions."
          ~Olive Drive Elementary, Bakersfield


I enjoy teaching both adults and children, as a one hour workshop or semester long class. Venues have included Elementary Schools, Libraries, UCLA Extension, and SCBWI Conferences.


As an author and illustrator, I often solve a story problem while sketching, and an illustration problem while writing. I feel it's important for students to do exercises in both writing and illustrating in order to access different ideas, even if they have a strong preference for one over the other. We explore how words and pictures work together to convey feelings and move the story through the pages. We play with the musicality and rhythm of language and ways to convey emotion in the illustrations. 


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Sketch to finish art for Buster the Very Shy Dog Finds A Kitten
Sketch to finish art for Buster the Very Shy Dog Finds A Kitten