If you're looking for a "scribe" to visually capture your next corporate event, you've come to the right place.

With decades of experience as a professional illustrator and now two Telly Awards, I bring a distinctive visual approach to graphic recording and whiteboard videos.

See my samples.

And if you're looking for my creative writing help for students, scroll down.



Sept. 25 - Oct. 1, 2011

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Let me help you motivate your kids to write!

You want help doing creative writing with kids? I've got it.

I've got over 300 pages of ideas, programs and products for you to make writing fun. I've motivated 100,000 students in seven states to put their ideas down on paper. I want to do the same for your kids!

Where do you get started? That depends on what you want:

fun free stuff

products to motivate your students

This is where writing can be fun!

"Teachers, students, and parents have been calling, emailing, or stopping me in the halls to tell me how much they enjoyed your workshops and assemblies!"

Laurie Restieri, Woodside Avenue PTA, Franklin Lakes, NJ

"Motivational, educational and inspirational... we saw immediate results as students returned to their classrooms and began drawing pictures and creating thoughtful stories. We loved it!"

Joseph Scott, Ebner Elementary, Altoona, PA

"Mr. Van Patter... is amazingly talented, funny and tuned into his audience. His talent and wit inspire the children to imagine, to dream, to create. Well done!"

Vicki L. Moore, Rice Elementary School, Mountain Top, PA

Some of what you can find inside!


Sparks: Year Two

My latest downloadable book of kid-friendly creative writing lessons!

Pages about my
newest picture book!

Story starters
your students can finish.

Hundreds of original drawings I did in front of school audiences!

I am no longer presenting in schools. But my website can still motivate your students!