SCHOOL VISITS

 

Assemblies

The Whispering Town: Helpers in Denmark (Grades 4-8 – 45 minutes)

Suitable in a school library and public library setting, I describe modern Denmark then jump back in time to Nazi-occupied Denmark, focusing on all the ways the Danes helped the Jews escape to neutral Sweden. I then discuss how I got the idea for The Whispering Town and walk the students through the process of making a book from idea to the bookstore shelf. A question and answer session closes the presentation. Equipment needed: a laptop that has PowerPoint, a projector and a screen.


Holding the Book: A child's life in rural Haiti (Grades K-2 – 30 minutes)

Suitable in a school library and public library setting, I describe rural Haitian life including location, climate, housing, language, transportation and what has happened since the January 2010 earthquake. I discuss how I got the idea for Josias, Hold the Book and lead a discussion comparing and contrasting a Haitian child's school day with an American child's school day. A question and answer session closes the presentation. Equipment needed: a laptop that has PowerPoint, a projector and a screen.


Holding the book: A child's life in rural Haiti (Grades 3-5  – 45 minutes)

Suitable in a school library or public library setting, I describe rural Haitian life including location, climate, housing, language, transportation and what has happened since the January 2010 earthquake. I discuss how I got the idea for Josias, Hold the Book and lead a discussion comparing and contrasting a Haitian child's school day with an American child's school day. I then walk students through the process of making a book from the idea to the bookstore shelf. A question and answer session closes the presentation. Equipment needed: a laptop that has PowerPoint, a projector and a screen.


Workshops

Animals, Aliens and Monsters: Creating Characters that Pop from the Page (Grades 4-7 – 45 minutes to one hour)

Suitable for 30 students in a classroom setting or 50 students in a public library setting, I discuss popular children's literature characters and show how their authors brought them to life. I lead the children through an exercise to create their own timeless character, ready to step into a plot and pop from the page. Children may share their characters with the group. Equipment needed: Students should bring a book with their favorite character, paper, pencils, markers or colored pencils.


Off to a good start: Hooking a reader with the opening paragraph

(Gifted or Serious Writing Students – Grades 4-8 – 45 minutes to one hour)

Suitable for 30 gifted writing students in a classroom or public library setting, all students must bring an anonymous, original first page of fiction that will be read aloud. We will talk about what is working and what can be improved. We will focus on  hooking a reader with character, setting, plot, point of view and voice. Equipment needed: fiction writing sample, paper and pencils.


Skype

Skype Q & A Visit – 45 minutes


Fee

$200 for a single assembly or workshop, including the signing of pre-purchased books; $150 for each additional assembly or workshop on the same day.  Travel expenses are additional.


$100 per Skype session

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