AUTHORS VISITS, WRITER WORKSHOPS, BOOKSTORE EVENTS, ETC.
"At author visits, when someone asks for my autograph, I ask for theirs!" ~ PJM
Throughout the year, I am delighted (thrilled, really) and honored to visit pre-schools, elementary, middle, and junior high schools, libraries, museums, and bookstores to give author presentations, writers' workshops, story times, and book-related programming. (See a sampling of programs below!)
I offer a variety of presentations, programs, and workshops. I also customize, tailor, and develop programming to fit your children's individual needs and interests.
My fees are based on the number of presentations or workshops and travel expenses.
To schedule visits for grades K-2, 3-5, or 6-8, visit my CONTACT page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to speaking with you and your kiddos!
PS Below is an IRC Journal article I wrote about the anatomy of a successful author's visit with Elizabeth Conley and Debra L. Newell.
A SAMPLING* Of the types of programs I offer
(THIS IS BY NO MEANS EXHAUSTIVE!)
1) BIGGER, BETTER STORY IDEAS
Discover the hows, ways, and whys to get great ideas for stories, non-fiction, and poetry—and learn what to do with them when you have them. *Workshop comes with a guarantee that participants will come up with BIGGER, BETTER STORY IDEAS in 30 days or less. If they don't, they can email me for some!
2) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU!
Customized writing workshops are also available to suit your individual groups’ needs and interests.
3) IMAGINATION VACATION: EXPLORING THE ART OF JOSEPH CORNELL
Take an imaginative journey into Joseph Cornell's dream-like shadowboxes through reading, writing, and creating your own Cornell-inspired artwork. Bring along your imagination, photo copies of your favorite photographs, words, articles, or stories--and small things you might like to place in your own Cornell imagination box. We will supply the rest.
4) Pow-WOW-er-ful WORDS
Words are writers only REAL tools--so they must be used carefully, thoughtfully--and yes, POWERFULLY. Writers will explore what POWERFUL WORDS are, where to find, store them, and how to use them to create lasting images in their readers minds, convey the exact messages they want to send, and evoke emotions and responses from their readers.
5) TEN HABITS OF SUCCESSFUL WRITERS
Learn ten habits that ALL successful writers practice, and start incorporating them today. Like the great philosopher, Aristotle, once said: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit!" So, let the healthy writing habits begin!
6) Truth is STRANGER than Fiction!
Mark Twain was right! Truth is stranger than fiction--and a whole lot of fun to write. Find out how to research and write the most creative non-fiction. Also, get my top ten tips for writing non-fiction that leaps off the page and knocks readers’ socks off.
7) WRITING ALL SUMMER LONG
How can you keep writing all summer long? How can you NOT with a list of sure-fire ways to write, write, and write through the lazy days of summer. (Can be tailored to vacations, too!)
8) WRITING FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Truly authentic writing comes from life lived. So, here, we will explore how writers can (and must) use their life experiences (and others' experiences) and then "gift" them (Thanks, JOY!) to their pieces of work. Writers will also be encouraged to truly, fully, and completely LIVE!
9) WRITING WHAT MATTERS
As a REALLY smart person once said, "To whom much is given, much is expected" so it's our duty as writers to use our "power of the pen" carefully and postively to change our lives, our readers' lives--and change the world.
Here, we will explore ways we can write to inform, to entertain, to inspire, to show gratitude, to create positive change, and to evoke emotions--and actions from our readers.
Below are some images from my recent visits. I'd love to offer and/or tailor a program for your school, library, etc. Email me via my contact page!