Author Visits

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As a former educator and now a full-time author, I am delighted to come to schools, libraries, and community centers and events for readings, presentations, crafts, and workshops.

The following proposals will benefit you, your students, and enhance your curriculum. And, we can always discuss and plan specific topics on which to focus. Just let me know! 

To schedule a visit for the 2022-23 school year, you may contact me here.

  

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Programs

Pre-K to 1st grade

30 min/$175 or 3 classes in one school for $500 total*

Includes: an introduction and reading of Teddy Let’s Go! followed by a craft and interactive activity. 

This program addresses small muscle skills, language arts, and social emotional learning.

2nd to 3rd grade

45 min/$200 or 3 classes in one school for $575 total * 

Includes: an introduction plus a reading of Teddy Let’s Go! followed by a craft and interactive activities in small and large groups.

This program addresses small muscle skills, language arts, and social emotional learning.

4th to 5th grade

45 - 60 min/$250 or 3 classes in one school for $725 total *

Includes: an introduction and reading of Teddy Let’s Go! 

We will discuss character, point of view, and voice.

Divided into small groups, students will re-create a scene by either written word, role play, or illustration.

This program addresses language arts (vocabulary, grammar, setting, character,) and social emotional learning.

 

6th grade and up

One or more class periods (approx. 40-60 minutes)/ $300* each. Max. of 3 per day

Workshops:

Option 1 — From Idea to Final Draft

Students will understand the process from brainstorming an idea to structuring a tradition story arc while focusing on what makes a strong protagonist, conflict, tension, and resolution through  examples, their own writing, and peer critiques. 

Option 2 — Journey to Publication

Students will understand through explanation, role play, and writing what it takes for a finished manuscript to become a book.

 

Large Group/Assembly

Pre-K to Elementary Grades

half to full-day $500-$800

Includes: an introduction (personal background and writing journey and inspiration), reading of Teddy Let's Go!, and conclusion (What is a "happy dream?").

15 minutes in each classroom when students can share their happy dreams with me and ask any questions they have about the story or about being an author.

Virtual Visits 

FREE: 15 minutes — Skype/Zoom visit with a minimum of 3 books purchased per class. Includes a brief intro, reading, and Q&A.

Any of the above programs can be adapted as a virtual visit for a reduced fee.

All programs include a book signing. I can send signed bookplates in the case of a virtual visit.

You may arrange book sales with your local book seller, preferred retailer, or my publisher Enchanted Lion Books

 

*Travel Expenses

Free within a 30-minute drive from my home in Matthews, NC.

up to a 1-hour drive: $50

up to a 2-hour drive: $100

over a 2-hour drive requires travel and possibly accommodation.

Please do not let funding get in the way of an opportunity for your students:

 

Talk to your PTA about how to work together to earn funds.

Talk to local businesses who may like to sponsor the event.

Look into grants for hosting authors.

Partner with a nearby school to share travel expenses.

Are you a Title I school? I offer a limited number of "pay what you can" visits each year. 

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Reviews

Lynn Fitz-Harris,
Primary Teacher 
Le Verseau International School
Belgium

"On behalf of L’Ecole International Le Verseau; both teachers and children - THANKS A MILLION!  Your visit was not only fun but interesting and educational at every level."

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Carole Hayes,
1st grade teacher
Walter Hall Elementary School
Texas

"The length of the presentation was on point [...] You did an excellent job keeping the students focused [...]they were definitely engaged [...] Moreover they were excited to learn that you were not only an author, but a former teacher who at one time taught first grade. 

Thank you for your very enjoyable 

presentation."

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