During her very inspiring presentation, Kashmira shared a bit about her background. She was born in India and moved to Ames, Iowa to attend the University of Iowa. She spoke of her experiences moving to a new country and the culture shock that she faced.
Her background and past experiences helped her develop the stories that she shares in her novels. During her presentation, Kashmira explained how she was inspired to write each of her novels.
Next, she discussed the writing process. She explained to students the importance of drafting, editing, and revising. Students were able to see her actual drafts and edited copies. The time it takes to revise each book varies, but regardless of that fact, revising is an essential and significant part of the writing process.
Then, Kashmira shared an important piece of Indian culture. She asked a student volunteer to model a traditional sari. Most saris are six yards long, but some can be as long as nine yards.
Students were absolutely fascinated with her presentation! It was awesome to be able to connect what they were reading in class to the real stories behind the fiction. To wrap up the presentation, Kashmira posed for pictures with students and signed copies of their books.
A very special thank you to Kashmira Sheth for sharing her stories and visiting students in New London. It was a fantastic day.