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Author Michele Weber Hurwitz of Buffalo Grove visited students at Arland Williams and Riddle Elementary schools Nov. 20. Hurwitz, the author of Calli Be Gold, talked to students about how she became a writer and the lengthy process it takes to write a book and get it published.
Hurwitz said it took her three times before one of her books “Calli Be Gold” was published. It took a year and half for her book to be published and it was edited seven times. On a large screen set up in the cafeteria, Hurwitz showed several of the manuscripts that had been edited. She showed students the red marks and comments the editors had made on her work. However, the editing improved her book and the editors were able to identify mistakes which she was able to correct. Hurwitz had four editors and sometimes one editor’s comments would conflict with the another editor’s comments.
The title of the book was changed three times and so was the cover.
She explained the girl on the cover, who many think is her daughter, is actually a model. The publisher located the model’s photo on the Internet and paid a fee to use it for the book.
Hurwitz encouraged the students to write and not be discouraged. She offered the following advice:
--Sometimes the best writing time is not when you are writing. Take a walk. Think about what you want to write about and the story you want to tell. Let your mind think things over. Jot down notes and brainstorm.
--A writer asks questions. If you wrote, ‘the dog sat on the rug,’ that isn’t very interesting. A writer would ask, what kind of dog; is he doing something; what kind of rug; is there somebody there with the dog?
--Writers must accept that sometimes they fail. However, they are brave and not afraid to try. She reminded them she wrote three books that were never published.
Hurwitz interacted with the students several times asking them questions about the importance

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of the first chapter, why is it important to have a book edited and their favorite characters in the story. She encouraged them to ask her questions about the book, her career and her family.
Following the presentation, Hurwitz met with students and autographed copies of her book.
For more information about Hurwitz, log onto her website at www.micheleweberhurwitz.com

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