School Visits

I love to visit schools and homeschool settings and talk about the amazing world of books and writing. For me there is nothing more exciting than opening a new book and, as my favorite poet Emily Dickinson said, get "taken lands away."  What an honor it is for me to share my love for words and stories with young people and adults. We all need a little story time.

Here are some of the presentations I enjoy:

Some kddoes enjoying the workshop
How Does a Book Get Written?
This workshop/presentation is fun because I get to share some of my writing journey and then explain the process from that first glimmer of an idea to that glorious day when the UPS driver drops a box of finished books on my doorstep.
Suggested Grades: 3-6

Sweet and Sassy, Creepy, Crawly Character Kitchen
Me with Emalia
Kids love characters. In this workshop I explore my methods for creating memorable characters. It is a hands-on workshop in which the students get to create a character from start to finish and usually we end up writing a complete story. All by asking questions. It's kind of a character kitchen. A little of this, a little of that, mix it all up and out comes a character or two.
Suggested Grades: K-6

I will tailor my presentations to work with different classes

Revision and Editing
This is a terrific workshop for upper elementary students who are just learning the importance of editing and revision. I always say that sometimes the real writing happens in revision. Students are always amazed to learn the revision and editing process that professional authors go through. I use examples from my own books to illustrate along the way. Sometimes the students come up with revision ideas I never even thought of. Pretty fun.
Suggested Grades: 3-6

I also like to allow time for Q&A and also to read from my own books.

Professional Development
I am also available to speak with teachers about the writing process. I call it Writing Tips from an Author Who Has Been Through the Trenches. We explore creative writing and how to get students to tap into their imaginations, as well as some useful guidelines for fiction.

High School
I am also available to speak to upper secondary grade students. I usually present a much more intensive workshop in which we delve a little deeper into what makes strong writing, a strong character and a strong plot. I like to teach the Hero's Journey paradigm for story as well as some of my own methods for creating dynamic stories.

To schedule a visit please contact me via email at
and we'll discuss the possibilities.

My fees/honorarium are variable.

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