I love school visits! My goal is to boost the kids' confidence in their own creativity, get them excited about reading and eager to write.
The Incorrigible Author
Recommended for grades 3–6
What does “incorrigible” really mean? What’s the proper technique for howling? And where do ideas for books come from, anyway?
I’ll answer all these questions and more in a high-energy, interactive presentation that challenges kids as both readers and writers.
After sharing the story of my own unexpected path to being a writer, I’ll lead the kids a comedy improv exercise designed to show them how to tap their own boundless storytelling powers. I’ll read aloud from one of the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place books, and answer questions about my books, writing, the life of an author, and anything else the kids want to know about.
Teachers and librarians have found that the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place books make high-interest classroom readalouds. Reading a few chapters with your class is a perfect way to prepare for my visit. To download discussion guides and other resources, click the button below:
Recommended for grades 4 and up
After a large group Incorrigible Author visit, I can offer a smaller group writing workshop that explores craft topics like plot, dialogue, description, and revision. We’ll read examples from beloved children’s books, investigate the specific techniques authors use to bring their stories to life, and then take out pencils and paper and get to work. Nothing inspires kids to write like discovering they can make author magic themselves!
The Incorrigible Author presentation requires
- hand-held microphone (cordless or with a long cord), plus a mike stand.
- A stool or chair to sit in when I read aloud.
- A small, flat-topped table to display books, and stash my glasses and a water bottle.
Writing workshops use a PowerPoint. Kids will need paper and pencil.
Please consider using your local independent bookstore to handle advance book orders. Books ordered in advance can be signed on the day of my visit.
Lunch with the author
Reward your extra-motivated students by inviting a small group to have lunch with me. Well-behaved teachers, librarians, and even principals are always welcome!
Grownups like to meet authors too! Consider planning a ticketed “Meet the Author” event for your community to fund my visit. I’ll give a twenty-minute keynote talk, and be available to chat with your guests and sign books during a PTA breakfast, luncheon, or reception.
For local visits in the Los Angeles region: $2000 for a one-day visit, includes three 45-minute presentations plus book signing. Lunch with the author is included.
Out of town visits (requires air travel or an overnight stay): $2350 per day, plus expenses (travel & lodging).
Payment in full is due on the day of my visit.