Thank you for your interest in scheduling an author visit! I’d be delighted to talk to your class/book club/writing group/library patrons about my books, writing for children and teens, historical fiction, the publication process, or writing in general. This information packet should answer many of your questions on logistics.
While my books are mainly aimed at upper-elementary, middle, and high school students, I’m comfortable with talking about the building blocks of writing (plot, character, conflict) with younger children, and I’m equally happy to discuss elements of craft with adults. Email me and we’ll get the ball rolling!
Your visit will include:
- Teachers’ guides for all my titles (print and/or electronic) sent in advance of the visit
- Up to three one-hour presentations that include Q&A sessions (If you would like to arrange a day-long visit with more than three sessions, please contact me for arrangements and pricing.)
- Signed bookmarks for all students (and teachers!) who would like them
- The option to schedule a lunch with me for a small group of students
- Signing time in the library or media center
- Book bonus! Subject to availability, I’ll arrange for three copies of each of my titles to be delivered to your school library before the visit from an independent bookstore in your area. I’m happy to sign them when I arrive. You can add them to your collection or give them away as prizes – they are yours to use in whatever way you think best.
Each presentation is an hour long (45 minutes of content, 15 minutes of Q&A). Length can be tailored up or down by around ten minutes in either direction to accommodate your school’s class periods.
- Writing is Power – This presentation discusses the impact of bullying on my development as a writer, and how writing got me through a difficult time in middle school. While the subject matter is serious in nature, the message is one of hope. Suitable for grades 6+.
- From Idea to Book – A lively interactive session describing the writing and publication process, with an emphasis on the importance of revision, perseverance, and empathy. Suitable for grades 3-7.
- The Many Expectations of Your Creative Life – This presentation compares the writing process with events in my middle-grade novel, The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming. It discusses how writers have to put aside their expectations of what a story should be and focus the process of creating. Suitable for grades 3-7.
- Kids Take Over – This is a completely informal Q&A session in which the students prepare a series of questions on any topics they like and I’ll answer them. This style of presentation works best when students have read one or more of my books and have guidance from teachers and/or librarians on basic journalistic inquiry (who, what, when, where, why, and how). Suitable for grades 4+.
If you would like a presentation on a different topic, please contact me for arrangements and pricing.
As much as I love visiting readers and writers, there are associated travel and opportunity costs involved. My honorarium is based primarily on distance.
- Within the Washington counties of Snohomish, King, or Skagit: $1250
- Within the Washington counties of Pierce, Chelan, Whatcom, or Thurston: $1500
- Within any other Washington county, or the Portland, OR metro area: $1750
- Outside of Washington State: $2500 plus travel expenses
- Anywhere: I’m available via Skype – please see my profile on Skype an Author for more information. I’m able to do virtual author visits for $60.Virtual author visits involve a presentation on a topic we mutually agree on or a Q & A session, and last between forty-five minutes and an hour.
I recognize that it is difficult for many teachers and librarians to get funds for author visits, so I’ll do my best to work with you. Please visit my page on funding school visits for ideas and suggestions.