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Mr. Michael Finklea

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Phone: (754) ***-****  HQ Phone
Country Isles Elementary School
2300 Country Isles Rd
Weston , Florida 33326
United States

Company Description: The mission of Country Isles Elementary School is to ensure that all children entering our school will leave with the life skills that will enable them to fulfill...   more

Employment History

  • Writer


  • Graphic Design
    Louisiana State University
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Michael Finklea, 13 Jan 2005 [cached]
Michael Finklea 2004
Michael Finklea
On January 16, 2004 Country Isles students had the memorable experience of having our very own author-in-residence for the day!Michael Finklea, author of Fester the Pester, Who Are You Calling Junior?, Tardy Marty, Good-Natured Nina the Nervous Gnat, The Worldwide Adventures of Winston and Churchill, Creepers I, and Creepers II, spent the entire day at our school.He energized and motivated our students to write.His presentations emphasized what an author must endure in order to have his/her work published.Finklea stressed the necessity of rewriting and editing....a first draft is rarely published.This really hit home for our students as they heard their teacher,s voice telling them to edit and rewrite.Students related to Finklea and his ideas and were anxious to get back to their classrooms so that they could begin writing.Finklea totally sparked our students, interest in writing.
At our Writer,s Workshop for fourth grade students, Finklea had students create a story together.Students who brought samples of their own writing had the thrill of having a ,real, author go over their pieces and make comments.How awesome was that.....having feedback from a published author!Students were excited as Finklea challenged them to write and to send him their writing.The students were totally mesmerized by his presentation and their eyes sparkled as they thought about putting their ideas on paper.
Students desiring to attend a luncheon with our author entered a contest where they had to write why they wanted to have lunch with Michael Finklea.We had many fantastic essays!PTA hosted a hoe-down style luncheon that went along with one of Finklea,s books.Students received a memento of this occasion and had the opportunity to have their questions answered and to informally speak to Finklea.
Finklea,s book signing was exciting as students met, talked, and had their books individually signed by him.Our author was amazed at the student turnout for the book signing!
An informative, fun-filled day, full of new ideas was experienced by our Country Isles Elementary students!Finklea was so impressed by Country Isles that he promised to dedicate his next book to the school.
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Franklin County Schools, 1 Jan 2009 [cached]
12.3.09 - All eyes and ears were attentive to author Michael Finklea during a visit to Royal Elementary School on November 24. He spoke to students about the challenges and triumphs of being a good writer, and he shared his personal experiences and writing tips. Afterwards, Mr. Finklea autographed books purchased by students and the Royal Media Center.
10.16.09 - Accomplished author Michael Finklea recently visited Bunn Elementary School. Finklea is the author of books such as Fester thePester, Who are you calling Junior? and Scared Stiff. Finklea spoke to the students about the writing process and how to use descriptive writing to create an entertaining book. He also explained to the audience how many times an author has to make corrections in order to get the story just right.
Shelby County Today, 9 Jan 2012 [cached]
The following is Mr. Finklea's biography: Michael Finklea grew up on a dairy farm in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas. Struggling through school with ADD, Michael went on to attend Louisiana State University. His love for writing was discovered through a personal journal he kept while traveling from 1985-1990 to different countries as a model. In 1991, Michael moved to Los Angeles, California, and published an entertainment magazine. This was his first experience into the world of publishing. Working on the magazine articles, he discovered the oldest adage for becoming a writer was true - Write about what you know. "The Worldwide Adventures of Winston and Churchill" was Michael's first book. It incorporated many of his journal entries. After spending ten months preparing the book, he set out to find a publisher. Faced with multiple rejections, Michael realized how frustrating it could be to accomplish something that no one believed he would be able to do. Upon his ninth submission, his manuscript was finally accepted. This taught the best lesson of all: follow through and do not give up until you get it right. Micheal now travels to schools throughout the U.S. speaking with students on the importance of writing. He uses his dream of becoming a writer to illustrate how he succeeded and overcame the obstacles associated with ADD. His heartfelt presentations are both inspirational and motivational. Michael will take his listeners on a journey from start to finish of how to write a story. He uses the tool of his original manuscript to demonstrate the importance of revising your story. Once is never enough! Micheal has visited over 3,000 schools. He has received hundreds of letters from students he has seen. Michael believes what he is doing is important and provides a benefit to students he talks with. His interesting and informative talks reinforce the importance of writing and how to use that ability to receive the highest level of education. Michael stimulates children's minds by reminding them to stick with something they believe in and how perseverance pays off.
Writer Michael Finklea ..., 9 Feb 2011 [cached]
Writer Michael Finklea recently brought reading and writing to life at Chateau Estates Elementary School.
Writer Michael Finklea ..., 27 July 2010 [cached]
Writer Michael Finklea recently brought reading and writing to life at Chateau Estates Elementary School
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