Mark Geary: The Educational Author

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On Saturday, February 9th, I got a chance to sit down with educational author-in-the-making, Mark Geary.

On Saturday, February 9th, I got a chance to sit down with educational author-in-the-making, Mark Geary. As I sat down with Mark Geary to get to know and understand his writing process further, he explained that before now, he took a lead in the adventurous life, being a white-water rafter, and working at a ski lodge, which is now known as Berthoud Pass. I also got to learn how he's helped make our country a better place. He explained, "I worked in a Wilderness Camping Program for at-risk kids in Florida, and I was a teacher for many years, working with at-risk kids."

Other than working with kids, Mark Geary is also a professor at Dakota State University, in South Dakota.  He told me that he's always loved reading, along with his children, who he described to me as excellent creative story-tellers. At the CCIRA conferences, one of the things that he talked about was "thinking about writing as being not just the written word, but as a continuum of with writing on one hand, going over to video production on the other."

He also discusses what kind of key skills help with video production, one of which being poetry, because it helps the timing. He also explained to me that he's been doing a lot of work with graphic novels , like comics, and how there is a difference between the strictly written work and the work produced in motion and time sequence. One of the main character traits that you need to be an author is persistence, as Mark explained to the at-risk children is, "getting to college isn't about being smart, it's about being persistent, and being able to work independently."

With his daughter and two sons influencing him, he's been helping his children learn in his own way, and he's noted that they've become phenomenal writers over the past few years, all with the help of a father's knowledge and encouragement.