Visiting Author for Schools: Sheryl Scarborough

Sheryl Scarborough

Thursday, February 8 (afternoon only) and Friday, February 9. (Sheryl will visit two schools: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Please indicate your preference.)

Sheryl Scarborough

Sheryl Scarborough worked as a writer, story editor, and series developer in children's television before receiving her MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adult from Vermont College, where she studied under Rita Williams-Garcia, Tom Birdseye, Susan Fletcher, and A.M. Jenkins, among others. She lives and works in Kalama, Washington. 

Sheryl spent 20 years writing for children’s TV — roughly 250 episodes. She has more experience writing scripts than she does in publishing. She can speak to screenplay and teleplay and also animation.

ABOUT THE BOOK: To Right the Wrongs
Sheryl Scarborough continues the adventures of teen amateur sleuth and aspiring forensic scientist Erin Blake in this sequel to To Catch a Killer. Barely three weeks after catching the killer of Erin's mother and their biology teacher, Erin and her crew are back, up to their elbows in forensics projects. But this time it's with the full approval of their parents. With Uncle Victor at the helm, Erin and her best friends, Spam and Lysa, are prepping a new classroom for CSI summer camp, where they will serve as camp counselors. Meanwhile, Erin's super-hot new boyfriend, Journey, is graduating, just in time for him to take a position as Victor's intern in the new CSI lab on campus. Journey and Victor are going to take another look at the evidence in the murder trial that sent Journey's father to prison. The girls are under strict orders not to meddle with the murder case, but that's easier said than done...

ABOUT THE BOOK: To Catch a Killer
"A twisty, cold-case mystery custom made for fans of Sara Shepard, PLL and Veronica Mars The edge-of-your-seat plot, sinister backstory and smart, brave and irreverent main character made this whodunit unputdownable." -- Justine Magazine

In To Catch a Killer, a contemporary mystery by debut author Sheryl Scarborough, a teenage girl uses forensic science to solve the cold-case murder of her mother. Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case--which remains unsolved--fascinated a nation. Her father's identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother's best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past. Fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother's killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she's secretly doing on her own. Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she's close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it's too late.

Sheryl has TWO presetnations. Please select one:

Deductive Reasoning: It’s how mysteries are written and what readers use to try to deduce the culprit. It’s also, in general, how we approach problem solving. Includes a 5-10 minute writing activity, a role play forensic demonstration, using fake blood, and an example of how eye witness testimony can be grossly unreliable. 40 – 50 min. including Q&A. -- Each school visit will include a fingerprint kit giveaway!

Archetype not Stereotype Character Casting: Writing based activity (best for classroom-sized groups). Quick jumpstart lesson on creating characters and their archetypal role in a story using TV writing techniques. Will have class actually writing within 10 minutes and working in groups of three. 40-50 min. to include time for sharing results. (Note: Sheryl will need to know approx number of class participants.) Hollywood uses archetypes to quickly and succinctly set characters in motion. This workshop will show how to master the archetypal relationship between 3-character set ups. Ever notice how many 3-character stories there are? Alvin, Simon, Theodore… Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia… Harry, Hermonie, Ron… Bubbles, Blossom, Buttercup (Powerpuff Girls), The Ghostbusters (male and female) and SO MANY MORE! These characters are cast and written this way because they are archetypes that fill a role in telling a story.  In the workshop, Sheryl introduces the concept of how and why archetypal characters are used to tell stories… introduce the famous 3-character set ups. And then, she passes out random photos of various teen characters and break the participants into groups of 3. She gives them 10 minuntes to come up with a brief character profile and decide which archetype their character is. Then they work on building their characters into a story. Sheryl suggests this workshop because it has underpinnings in classic literature and it can be quickly explained and demonstrated. It gets the kids working on something right away in 10 minutes or less. It’s an activity that works well in a group and also individually, and it's an exercise they can continue to build off of later in class. 

Middle School and High School; grades 7-12

The more the better!

Computer/laptop with PowerPoint and a spot for a flash drive, projector, projection screen, and microphone. Sheryl will be her presentation on a flash drive. And a bottle of water.

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Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees. 

Link to share with students and their families to order Sheryl's book: Please make sure anyone ordering online includes the name of your school in the Notes section of the order and if they'd like to pick up the book from you at the school. Please DO NOT give a book to someone who says they ordered online unless they have the printed confirmation. PLEASE KEEP THIS! You'll need to include these confirmations when returning the leftover books so you won't be charged for them! If they do ask you for a book without a confirmation, just email me the name of the student and parent's name and I can check.

To Right the Wrongs (Erin Blake #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765381934
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: Tor Teen - February 27th, 2018

To Catch a Killer: A Novel (Erin Blake #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765381910
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: Tor Teen - February 7th, 2017