School visits

I live in western Washington State, so my preferred school visits will be in the Pacific Northwest region. Thanks!

I currently offer the following programs, but I’m always willing to discuss how I might tailor one to meet your specific needs.

The Basics of Nonfiction Writing (for grades K-5):

I start by talking about where to find ideas for what to write about. Then I move on to detail the process of nonfiction writing, including research, planning, drafting, revising, and editing. The whole presentation is very interactive, and I will bring visuals of some of my nonfiction articles to use as examples throughout. This workshop can be tailored from kindergarten up to fourth grade, and can be 30-90 minutes in length, depending on your needs.

Testimonial: “Thanks so much for your visit to our classroom. It is so important for kids to connect their work in the classroom to authentic, real-life writing that people do in the real world. Your visit was so different from our typical author-visit… we hardly ever get to meet real authors who write non-fiction! The kid-friendly articles you shared fit in perfectly with our study of non-fiction text features, and the tips on generating ideas, conducting research, and then actually writing and publishing your work were all things my 1st graders could really connect to. The students were very engaged throughout you entire talk. Thanks so much for bringing the real world to our classroom, and sharing all your interesting articles!”
— Michal Friesen, 1st Grade Teacher

Testimonial: “I am so deeply thankful for your visit with our students in Discovery Club this summer. The students’ eyes were glued on you, and they were just soaking in your every word as you told stories about researching and writing a book! I could tell they felt very special to get a sneak peek of your soon-to-be published books. They were truly captivated by your time with them, and you intuitively found ways to show them that all of their questions and ideas were important. We would love for you to visit our students again next year!”
— Teddy Dillingham, Lead Educator, Imagine Children’s Museum

You Can Be a Changemaker (grades 5-12)

Drawing on my how-to book for teens, BE A CHANGEMAKER, this workshop will introduce youth to the idea that, in today’s technology-driven world, everyone can—and should—be a changemaker. I’ll present real-world examples of young people who are making their mark on the world, inspire students to dream big and take positive action in their communities and around the world, and give practical tips for success. This workshop can be tailored for large or small groups, for ages 10 and up, and from 30-90 minutes in length, depending on your needs.

Writing Nonfiction for Kids — Overview and Resources (for adults)

In this presentation for adult writers, I provide an overview of the market for nonfiction for children, including magazine articles, educational/work-for-hire markets, and trade markets for picture books as well as middle-grade and young-adult nonfiction books. I’ll discuss how to break in and build a career in each of these areas, as well as provide my favorite resources for all writers of nonfiction for children. Depending on depth desired, this presentation can be 30-90 minutes long.

Download a copy of my author visit flyer here.

If you’re looking for something a little different, I’m happy to discuss a custom program that will better meet your needs. Please email me with any questions or to schedule a presentation!


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