The Creative Process with Author George O’Connor

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George O’Connor, author and illustrator of the New-York Times best-selling series “Olympians,” visited middle school students on Feb. 7.

O’Connor travels all over the world to speak with students about his books and about the creative process. He discussed topics including how his interest in writing and art began, experiencing writer’s block, and not being afraid to make mistakes. During his presentation, O’Connor showed students a few of his first character-sketches, and even pointed out a mistake on his first book’s final cover.

“No piece of art is ever perfect,” O’Connor told the students, “so don’t you ever give up, just because something you’ve created is imperfect.”

During his presentation, O’Connor also demonstrated a quick sketch of one of his characters, that was clocked at 25 seconds by one of the students.

“One of my favorite parts of these visits is watching the kids’ faces light up when they have this moment of understanding that they’re not the only ones who struggle with the creative process,” O’Connor said. “That they’re not the only ones who are afraid of messing up.”