Assemblies for elementary schools on creative writing by children's illustrator and author Bruce Van Patter.

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A new book to inspire students to write!

I'm ready to draw your students' stories!

Writing can be fun!

That's the message I brought to over 100,000 kids for more than a decade.

It has been a fun ride, but I have now moved on to other creative endeavors. I'm busier than ever, but now creating art in corporate brainstorming environments. Unfortunately, I'm no longer presenting in elementary schools.

But there are still many resources here on my site for kids, teachers and parents! Check out the link above to fun stuff!


I have fun writing activities for kids and teachers including stories I've started for you to finish in The Story Kitchen; questions you can ask to build your own character in Mugshots, and see what kind of drawings I leave behind in schools!

For parents: creative fun for families gives you a chance to create stories in your home with Wacky Headlines, Invent a World, and others. Or use your imagination with Cloud Shapes, Seeing Double, or the ultimate doodle challenge, IGYFT! And check out my journal of creative discovery with my daughter at Adventures in Graceland!

Great for laughs: Random Headlines! It will give you over a hundred million ways to start a story. And check out my Food Art. You'll never look at cold-cuts the same again!


As always, I love to hear from you. Email me questions, comments. Tell me about the story you're writing! Teachers, I'd love to hear how you use my activities. Come on everyone, let's get creative!

Pick the ingredients to stories and click to see how I've started them. Then you finish the story!


Make a character out of some funny people I've drawn for you!


A fun way to get story ideas!

click on the images to go to the writing activities

Parents! Want ideas for helping your kids be creative? Read on!

Coming soon: Let's Get Creative blog!

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