As a former school librarian and writer-in-residence I love visiting classrooms, scout troops, bookclubs, and libraries, and working with young readers and writers. Here are some of my presentations:
Free Zoom or Skype with your class, troop or group
All Ages – (FREE! 20-30 minute visit)
Bring STEM to your troop or classroom with Tami PERKIN’S PURPLE and INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED! I’ll share William Perkin, Betty, Jean and Kay’s true stories, my inspiration and some fun and simple science and coding games your kids will love to do at home or in the classroom.
I believe every child deserves to be inspired by writers and people who’ve followed their dreams- regardless of whether their school has resources to bring in visiting authors. This year I’ve “visited” over 70 schools and spoken to thousands of children, from India to Indiana—all for free.
Contact me now to schedule your slot.
We All Can Care
(30 minutes to 2 hours, depending upon age and depth of program)
Caring is even more critical when we’re home together.
Sometimes the world seems to be a dangerous and unkind place. But don’t despair. There is something we can do.
It all starts with simple acts of caring.
Skype or bring me to your school or troop for a Reader’s Theater presentation of WE REALLY DO CARE. Why are bullies mean? Can they change? (YES!) What can we do to protect ourselves and still care for others?
We’ll brainstorm together for ways to be caring people every day in a hundred little ways. And I’ll help your class connect with other kids in other parts of the world who really do care, too.
Charting The Map Of Me (and you!)
(30 minutes for younger grades, 1 to 4 hour writing workshop for older students This program can be expanded to a residency with exercises, presentations, and readings spread across several days.)
Everyone has a story to tell. I mined memories of growing up in Kentucky when I wrote THE MAP OF ME. We’ll all uncover memories to discover our own epics, then draft beginnings, middles, and ends. The result? Personal memoirs, shorts stories, and the beginnings of novels.
The Thrill Of The Chase
(1 hour) Research isn’t just educational. It’s a thrill uncovering clues and learning the true story. I’ll share my journey researching the life of Elinor Smith- from the Smithsonian archives to 3000 feet up in the wild blue yonder- as I created the picture book biography SOAR, ELINOR!
This presentation can be expanded to a full day biography/women’s history project. Students examine primary sources, conduct mock interviews, prepare an outline, and write a short biography.
Shoot For The Record
(1 hour) Elinor Smith set aviation records for altitude and endurance, many of which still stand today. We’ll follow the process Elinor used- evaluating the risks, weighing the benefits, preparing for the task, and accomplishing her goal, and apply these lessons to challenges today’s kids face. I’ll present other world records set by children and students will write their own record setting press releases.
Chase Your Dreams
For Teens and Adults
(1 hour) You’ve always dreamed of writing for children but how do you get started? There are free resources and insider advantages to jumpstart your career as a children’s writer. I’ll lead you on a lively tour of what’s available on line, where to find a critique group, how to submit a manuscript to agents and editors, and how to cope with rejection- and success!
How Do You Know When It’s Ready To Go?
For Teens and Adults
(45 Minutes) Nearly everyone has a great idea for a children’s book but that doesn’t mean everyone can produce a polished manuscript and make a sale. Avoid novice mistakes and put your best foot forward by following my tips for developing manuscripts that are too good to be ignored.
Occasionally groups have specific needs. I’m happy to tailor a presentation to your group’s interests. Just ask.