I am a former teacher and current writer and editor for the education market. I love visiting schools and meeting students!
A full-day school visit includes up to three events plus a book signing. Each event lasts about 40 minutes.
I Will Be Fierce!
In I Will Be Fierce, a young girl takes on the world like a brave explorer heading off on an epic fairytale quest. By adopting a fierce attitude, our hero successfully overcomes the obstacles in her path and finds the extraordinary in her everyday life. In this presentation, I will discuss the powerful combination of purpose, positivity, and persistence, in and out of books, and how it can help students find success. This event is suitable for all grade levels.
I Will Read a Story!
This event includes two small-group story times during which I talk about being an author, read I Will Be Fierce, and answer questions teachers have selected in advance. This event is best suited for K, grade 1, and grade 2 students.
I Will Write a Story!
In this small-group workshop, I will take students through the process of writing a story—from brainstorming ideas to revising. Students will learn about the secret ingredients in stories, like story goals and character arcs, and how they help authors keep their promises to readers. This event is best suited for grade 3 and up.
Lunch with the Author
Let’s meet, greet, and eat! This informal, small-group event is a great opportunity for students to ask questions and share their thoughts. This event is suitable for all grade levels.
2019-2020 Rates: $800 for local visits, $1,500 for all other visits. Rates are all-inclusive.
Local visits are limited to schools located in Guilford County and Forsyth County in North Carolina.
For non-local visits, special rates are available for multiple schools within the same school district booking visits on three or more consecutive days.
If your school visit will include a book signing, a pre-sale arranged through your local bookstore works best.
I am also available for conferences, book festivals, library events, and bookstore appearances.