I love doing school visits! I have been doing them for nearly forty years now, all across the country and across the world. I spent seven years as a classroom teacher myself, and take great joy in being able to share my experiences as a writer with young people.
My standard day consists of three presentations of up to an hour each. With younger children I focus the talk around my first picture book, The Foolish Giant. For grades three and up I generally use The Monster’s Ring.
Each presentation begins with some high energy storytelling and includes a fair amount of humor. Along the way I address where ideas come from, issues of editing and rewriting, and demonstrate how a story is put together. The sessions are designed to include practical tips on writing that teachers can use in the classroom. And, of course, I include time for Q&A.
In addition to this, I am happy to have lunch with a small group of students (up to twenty) who are selected because of a special interest in reading or writing. This does not count as one of the presentations . . . it is simply an extra thing that I enjoy doing and is always a lot of fun.
And, of course, I am willing to autograph books.
I can also work with small groups for special purposes. For example, I can do a workshop for students who have an intense interest in writing, or run a seminar style discussion with students who are particularly interested in science fiction. This often makes for a nice change of pace within a day.
If you are interested in arranging an author visit please contact me here. Let me know what you are looking for and the dates you have in mind. I will get back to you as quickly as possible with availability and pricing information.