Schedule a Workshop or Visit

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Want to arrange a school visit or have me teach a workshop?

Contact me via the form below. I love to work with readers and writers of all ages.

Skype

Skype Visits are fun and free! I’ll Skype with your class or your book club for up to 30 minutes.

Great for Q and A’s and book talks.

*These work best and have more impact if students/members have read and discussed The Tragically True Adventures of Kit Donovan first.


Workshops for Children and Teens

Location, Location, Location:  How to Make Setting as Important as Character

Creating a memorable setting is more than simply picking a place and describing it. In this interactive workshop we will explore the ins and out of setting and how it shapes the narrative and impacts the character’s experience.

Using examples from Middle Grade novels, we will examine the elements that make settings  memorable and apply them to our own work. We will go beneath the surface and explore setting both as a character in and of itself and through the lens of the middle grade  protagonist as they  interact with it.

We Contain Multitudes:  Creating Memorable Characters

Creating a memorable character is more than knowing a person’s hair color and favorite food. In this interactive workshop we dive beneath the surface to find our character’s truest and most believable voice – and flesh them out – warts and all.

Using examples from Middle Grade and YA novels, as well as references to mainstream television and movies, we will examine the elements that make characters memorable and apply them to our own work. We will go beneath the surface and beyond the stereotypical and explore character development from the lenses of voice, location, personality, and motivation.

 What Would a Real Writer Do? – My Journey to Publication

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
The path to publication is filled with uncertainty. Each step forward requires taking bold leaps, facing new (and sometimes old) fears, and pushing yourself forward in pursuit of your dreams. In this presentation I share how I mustered up the resilience necessary to take each small step (or big jump)
toward my goals. I’ll share what worked, what didn’t, and how asking myself one question kept me on a path to success.

 

Workshops for Adults

Location, Location, Location:  How to Make Setting as Important as Character

Creating a memorable setting is more than simply picking a place and describing it. In this interactive workshop we will explore the ins and out of setting and how it shapes the narrative and impacts the character’s experience.

Using examples from Middle Grade novels, we will examine the elements that make settings  memorable and apply them to our own work. We will go beneath the surface and explore setting both as a character in and of itself and through the lens of the middle grade  protagonist as they  interact with it.

We Contain Multitudes:  Creating Memorable Characters

Creating a memorable character is more than knowing a person’s hair color and favorite food. In this interactive workshop we dive beneath the surface to find our character’s truest and most believable voice – and flesh them out – warts and all.

Using examples from Middle Grade and YA novels, as well as references to mainstream television and movies, we will examine the elements that make characters memorable and apply them to our own work. We will go beneath the surface and beyond the stereotypical and explore character development from the lenses of voice, location, personality, and motivation.

 What Would a Real Writer Do? – My Journey to Publication

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
The path to publication is filled with uncertainty. Each step forward requires taking bold leaps, facing new (and sometimes old) fears, and pushing yourself forward in pursuit of your dreams. In this presentation I share how I mustered up the resilience necessary to take each small step (or big jump)
toward my goals. I’ll share what worked, what didn’t, and how asking myself one question kept me on a path to success.

Renewing and Refreshing Reading in the Secondary Classroom

Because of the recent focus on testing, accountability, and reading for information, teachers need anecdotal and researched-based strategies to teach and advocate for pleasure reading, especially in the secondary classroom. I will share research-based strategies to inspire teachers to reignite a love of reading in their older students.

Rates:

  •  Full day School Visits and Workshops are $850 (plus travel and lodging expenses if applicable). A full day visit includes four 50-minute presentations, an author lunch, and a book signing.
  • Half day School Visits and Workshops are $450 (plus travel and lodging expenses if applicable). A half day visit includes two 50-minute presentations and a book signing.
  • Individual Workshops/Presentations (up to 90 minutes) are $225 (plus travel and lodging expenses if applicable).
  • Skype Visits for book talks and Q and A’s (up to 30 minutes) are free.

(Want a little extra help planning your author visit? Dan Gutman shares some tips here.)

*Have a special circumstance. Contact me and we can talk rates based on your specific situation.

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