Cade Riggs’ English students at Brownwood High School were given the opportunity to visit with published author Kadee Carder on Wednesday, October 26, during their library time.
Carder, who also teaches college English, has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and recently published Insurrection, the first book in her new young-adult sci-fi/adventure series. Students listened as Carder shared her experience with the writing and publishing process as well as the challenges that come with the profession.
“Having Kadee Carder in class was wonderful,” said English teacher, Cade Riggs. “She helped the students see the writing process as an authentic human experience, not just an academic concept.”
“Be prepared to take criticism,” explained Carder to one class. “Rejection is part of the process, but so is revision. If you are passionate about your writing, it shows. Don’t give up on it.”
Carder explained how she balances writing books, blogging on her website kadeecarder.com, teaching, and being a full-time mom, in addition to how she got her first book published. Carder’s Insurrection series was recently picked up by book publisher, Clean Reads, after she pitched the concept at a writers conference in Las Vegas.
“It was wonderful to have such a talented writer visit our students,” stated BHS Assistant Librarian, Heather Nix. “Our students saw that writing can be a passion, not just an assignment, and that reading can transplant you to places you never dreamed.”
Each of Riggs’ classes were able to use their time in the library to visit with Carder and ask any questions regarding writing, reading, and the challenges of being an author.
“Her vibrancy and enthusiasm inspired several students,” noted Riggs. “I am so grateful to Mrs. McGhee and Mrs. Nix for hosting us.”
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