I’m booking virtual visits for the 2021/2022 school year (and possibly some in-person, but right now it’s too soon to tell if that could happen). If you’re eager to have a visit from me, please contact me and let me know what you’re looking for. Thank you!
Author Talk: Interactive Virtual Writing Workshop (NEW!)
In this highly interactive virtual presentation, I’ll guide students through the process of creating a story premise—and then work with them to build it even more, using elements of fiction: perspective, character arcs, setting and sense of place, and action scenes. I’ll start with examples from my books to illustrate the concepts, and then this presentation will explore students’ ideas and celebrate their creativity—by introducing topics from the ELA classroom as experiential learning. This presentation includes a brief Q&A.
Timing: 60 minutes
Audience: third to eighth grade; classroom, grade, assembly, or full school
Author Talk: Building the Writing Journey
Becoming an author involves a journey much like ones that a fictional character would take. Like their characters, a writer needs courage, perseverance, and inspiration to make it to the goal. In this talk, I’ll describe my own writing journey to The Mad Wolf’s Daughter: where my ideas came from, how and where I did my research, and the all-important and frequently inspiring process of revision. This presentation includes Make a Premise, an activity in which I lead students to build a story premise of their own—and then revise it to see in real time how a story can evolve.
Timing: 60 minutes
Audience: third to eighth grade; classroom, grade, or assembly
Free Virtual Visits
In this presentation, I read a chapter of one of my books aloud and answer student questions.
As always, if you’re reading one of my books to your class, I’ll read the next chapter or let your class pick its favorite.
Timing: 20 minutes
Audience: third to eighth grade, classroom, small group, or small assembly
My library talk is all about castles! Mighty fortresses of stone, that is, with murder holes, portcullises, plenty of arrow loops…and more. In this talk, I share where my love of all thing tough and stone began (my childhood roaming the cliffs of Mount Desert Island), and then launch into castle defense. I share pictures and encourage the audience to imagine themselves both as castle defenders, but also invaders. This talk is full of fun facts about moats, stuff that gets caught in armor, and what to think about as you design your own castle. This presentation includes a read-aloud.