School & Library Visits

Programs for Children

Here is a sampling of my programs. I can always be flexible to your library or classroom needs.

Did That Really Happen To You?

(PreSchool – 3rd Grade)

Through lively storytelling, I will show young children how an author’s life experiences sneak their way into the writing of fiction. (25 – 45 minutes)

A Celebration of Differences

(Grades 2 – 4)

In this interactive workshop, I will share techniques I used when writing The Andy Shane and Winnie series to help readers come to know my characters and to celebrate their differences.  Discussion of story conflict, research, and revision is included.  (45 -60 minutes)

Seeing Through An Author’s Eyes

(Grades 3-8)

Quality details (those that go beyond the obvious or general) transform writing. In this workshop, I take students on a virtual road trip — the same journey Jack took in Small As An Elephant — and demonstrates how choosing the right details, and taking the time to expand moments, adds richness to the storytelling and character development.   The sharing of “before” and “revised” scenes will also reinforce the power and value of revision.

What Makes A Good Story?

(Grades 4 – 12)

In this workshop I share what I’ve discovered as a writer of fiction. We discuss plot structure (including successful beginnings and endings), pacing, voice, and characterization. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of revision. (45 minutes – 1 hour)


Details

I can do up to 4 presentations in a day.  This can be 4 presentations (combined classrooms are fine); an assembly and three presentations; or  three presentations and a parent evening.

Please try to familiarize the students with my stories ahead of time.  Students who have heard my work (even if it’s a single chapter) bring excitement to the workshop and make deeper connections.  Their questions go beyond “How many books have you written?” to “Why did you choose to [fill in the blank]? Think of the prior reading as building background knowledge for successful comprehension.

You may combine an author visit with a professional inservice.


Fees

Author Presentations for Students:

  • $1,200 a day in northern New England
  • $1,600 per school day in all other regions (plus travel expenses)
  • $350 single one hour public library or evening program (plus travel expenses beyond 50 miles)
  • Free Q&A visit via Skype (20 minutes), $100 Q&A visit via Skype (45 minutes) (Students must be familiar with my work.)

You may wish to combine an author visit with an inservice session for teachers or an evening with parents.

Please contact me directly to arrange a school visit, inservice, or author residency.

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