“How many years have you been a writer?” “What do you like most about writing?” These were a couple of the questions students posed to author Ian Lendler during his recent visit to Saint Victor School.
Ian Lendler is a graphic novelist who grew up in Connecticut and now resides in San Rafael. In addition to writing The Undone Fairy Tale, he is also the author of the Shakespearean adaptations, The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Romeo and Juliet, and The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth. Lendler’s love for Shakespeare and the Elizabethan time period were evident during his presentation. He showed the student body pictures of his travels throughout England including pictures of Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theatre. The students learned a lot about Shakespeare and how the time period in which he lived influenced his work.
Lendler’s humor kept the students engaged and entertained. Embedded within the slides of Romeo and Juliet, he brilliantly wove in funny stories about his childhood, his own family, and his writing process. He gave examples of the perseverance needed to succeed as a writer. Lendler would finish a book that he thought was his best work, only to have his editor return it to him marked up with red edits. Through this process he learned to accept criticism and look at his work with a different perspective. A collective gasp could be heard from Saint Victor School’s young authors when they discovered that Lendler had spent years on edits and revisions for just one book.
After the dynamic presentation, students who had purchased one of his books enjoyed some one-on-time with Lendler as he autographed their book. His visit has inspired students to be avid readers and creative writers.