When I visit your school, I bring a lot of things with me—posters, easels, old manuscripts, a few books, writing from when I was a kid, a kickball, and a really awesome pair of shoes.
I also bring years of experience, both as a professional writer and teacher. I’m the author of the middle grade novel Superstar (HarperCollins, 2017), which has been included on multiple best book and state award lists. I also have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, a BA in Education, and I spent six years as a classroom teacher.
But even more important than any qualification, I bring with me the heartfelt intent to open kids’ minds, to inspire them to see the world in new and different ways, and to help them connect more deeply with those around them. I have witnessed the power of words as a force of good in my own life and cannot wait to share this power with the kids at your school!
I offer the following hour-long presentation for third through sixth graders.
Origin Stories: My Journey from Kid Writer to Published Author – In this high-energy, heartfelt presentation, I bring students along on my journey into writing and through the process of publishing my first book. There were some glory moments, sure, but mostly, the journey was one challenge after another. I’ll share it all with the kids—the good, the bad, and everything in between. They’ll walk away with a deeper understanding of how books are created but also (and maybe more importantly) they’ll have witnessed what it was like to actually live this process.
I also offer half-hour Skype Visits for students in grades 3-6. During these thirty-minute virtual visits, I will share a mini-version of my Origin Stories presentation (see description above). I like to keep the presentation portion fairly short so there’s plenty of time to answer student questions. This informal Q & A time is one of my favorite things I do because it’s so interactive and allows me to forge a real connection with the kids. I also incorporate a short Superstar read aloud into each Skype visit.
I believe that stories have the power to shape a young person’s view of the world, to affect them in deep and immeasurable ways. I hope, in some small way, that my author visits will do the same.
I charge either by the presentation or the day, depending on how many presentations you’d like.
- An hour-long presentation/workshop starts at $250* for local schools.
- An All-Day Visit (which includes four presentations/workshops) starts at $800* per day for local schools (a savings of $200 off the cost of individual presentations).
*Please note, your fee may be higher based on your school’s distance from my home in central Indiana and may include additional travel and lodging costs.
The fee for a half-hour Skype Visit is $50 (with no additional charges).
(These fees are current for the 2019-2020 school year.)
BOOK AN AUTHOR VISIT (in 4 easy steps)
- Complete the form below. That way, I’ll have a basic idea of what you’re looking for in an author visit.
- Chat with me via email. I’ll answer any questions you may have and send you a digital copy of my author visit brochure, info packet, and booking form.
- Send in your booking form. I’ll compile your information into a contract and send it to you via email.
- Sign the contract. I’ll be seeing you soon!
OTHER SPEAKING APPEARANCES
In addition to school visits, I am also available to speak at reading/writing/literacy nights, libraries, conferences, and other group meetings. If you are interested, please use the form below to contact me, and I’ll be in touch to discuss specifics. Under “Grade Level” please describe the approximate size and composition of your group. (Ex: 25 teachers, 250 librarians, a mixed group of 100 parents and fourth graders, etc.)
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