Mary Amato

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I write fiction for young adults and children and enjoy connecting with my readers through Skype and school visits. I also write for adults--songs, plays, poems, and essays. I teach privately via Skype and in person.

Shadow Theater Workshop (Middle School)

Example of student shadow-theater project



Students learned:


Script writing


Puppetry making


Lighting and “set” design


Filming techniques


Paper engineering

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“Put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it."

(Casual Chance, 1964)”
Colette




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