Katie KliseSarah KliseWhat’s Your Story — and How Will You Tell It?


Presented by author Kate Klise, Arts ’85 and illustrator Sarah Klise, Arts ’84

The ability to craft a clear and compelling story is a critical skill in today’s world. Whether you’re an entrepreneur eager to share your startup story with investors or a trial attorney hoping to convince a jury, or a grandparent ready to get your life down on paper, stories matter. But what makes a good story? Where do you begin? And how do you make your audience care?

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Join award-winning author Kate Klise, Arts ’85, and her illustrator sister Sarah Klise, Arts ’84, as they share their best writing tips and drawing tricks. In their 30-plus books, the Klise sisters have persuaded one of the toughest audiences in America — children — to keep turning the pages. Learn from these creative sisters how to craft your next story, whether it’s a business pitch, closing argument, or perhaps a bestselling memoir.

Kate Klise, Arts '85, is the bestselling author of more than 30 books for young readers. She also spent 15 years working as a correspondent for People magazine, interviewing such American icons as Harper Lee and Johnny Cash. When she's not working on a new book, Kate enjoys leading writing workshops and master classes for aspiring authors of all ages in schools, libraries, and Fortune 500 companies.

Sarah Klise, Arts '84, is the award-winning illustrator of many children's books written by her sister, Kate. Sarah has spent the past 30 years teaching private drawing and painting classes in the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently leads online art classes and, with Kate, is offering a series of Zoom master classes for children and adults who want to write and illustrate books.

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