Where Do Ideas Come From?

Spectacular story starters, study guides and classroom resources

Non-Fiction - Writing/Publishing
60 Pages
Reviewed on 10/05/2016
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Author Biography

Simon’s first novel for middle grade readers, The Alchemist’s Portrait, was published in 2003 followed by The Sorcerer’s Letterbox in 2004, The Clone Conspiracy in 2005, The Emerald Curse in 2006, The Heretic’s Tomb in 2007, The Doomsday Mask in 2009, The Time Camera in 2011, The Sphere of Septimus in 2014, Flashback in 2015, and Future Imperfect in 2016. Simon is also the author of The Children’s Writer’s Guide, a contributing author to The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction Volume One, and has written many non-fiction books.

Simon offers a wide variety of presentations, workshops and author in residence programs for schools and libraries, covering such topics as the writing process, editing and revision, where ideas come from and how writers turn them into stories, character development, historical fiction and historical research, story structure, the publishing world and more. He also offers virtual author visits by video using Skype. He works as a creative writing instructor for students throughout the year and at summer camps each July and August, is an instructor for adults with the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and Chinook Learning Services, and offers a variety of online workshops for both children and adults.

Simon is a regular presenter at conferences and festivals, and served as a juror for the Governor General’s Literary Awards for Children’s Literature, the Saskatchewan Book Awards, the Parsec Awards and the Sunburst Awards for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. He is the founder of Children’s Authors and Illustrators on Facebook, and served as the Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI Western Canada.

Simon offers a number of services for writers, including manuscript evaluation, editing, writing workshops and coaching, plus copywriting services for the business community. Full details can be found at his website www.simon-rose.com. You may also visit his blog, his channel on YouTube, follow him on Twitter, or become a fan on Facebook.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

There is nothing better than a good story to sweep one’s imagination away to another world. But these stories originated somewhere and there are always some interesting tangents that a reader can pursue based on a good story. Teachers are always looking for new and exciting ways to expand on a story shared in class. Simon Rose’s Where Do Ideas Come From? does just that. He takes the content of his own published stories and provides a wonderful teacher’s resource with many interesting and diverse avenues for young readers to explore.

Simon is the author of several books for young readers. The Alchemist’s Portrait is a time travel story that starts with a visit to the art gallery. The main character, Matthew, travels to various historic time periods that in itself provides topics for class projects. For his young people’s novel, The Clone Conspiracy, Simon makes suggestions to help teachers and students explore the scientific and very controversial topic of cloning and other medical marvels. Simon explores each of his young people’s novels and presents innovative exercises and projects to help teachers expand on the class’s learning as well as to heighten their awareness of specific topics, historic, scientific and artistic, and inspire them to want to read more. As Simon points out, “A novel might also inspire children to create their own stories.” This is a great teacher’s resource, but it is also a useful guide for other authors of young people’s literature. The idea of creating a learning guide for young people’s books is truly inspired.