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As a former teacher, I love working with readers and writers of all ages. Below are a few of the programs I offer. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please just ask. I’m happy to tailor my presentation to your needs.



Skype Visits

I'm happy to offer a free 30-minute Skype visit for classrooms or small groups who have read at least one of my books. For longer visits, please contact me. Cost will depend on time desired. (Best suited for grades K-8.) 

Soar Into Books  - Two authors for one price! 


I’ve teamed up with fellow Junior Library Guild and Choose to Read Ohio author Nancy Roe Pimm (www.nancyroepimm.com) to offer schools a special opportunity that supports Core Curriculum standards in writing, science, math, and fine arts. Nancy is the author of numerous non-fiction books as well as the new release THE JERRIE MOCK STORY -The First Woman to Fly Solo Around the World. In addition to large presentations, Nancy and I offer fiction and non-fiction workshops for smaller groups. Our Soar Into Books programs and presentations are hands-on and interactive, and will ignite your students' interest is reading and writing and history. With fiction and non-fiction titles geared toward grades K-8, we feel we really do have something for everyone.  Honorarium for the program is $1,500 ($750 per author) for a full day visit, plus travel expenses when applicable. Flyer HERE. 



Reach For the Stars/Don’t Quit


Highlighting ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A BIG FAT QUITTER and its sequel, ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A STAR, and TO THE STARS!, I share what inspires my work and how kids can become "black belts" in whatever passion they pursue. This program includes time to ask questions about the publishing process and what it’s like to be a writer. In addition, a Lunch With The Author program for a small group of students is available. Best suited for grades K-5.


How to Be A Non-Fiction Ninja


In this workshop, students will learn some tips on how to find a subject to write about, locate and recognize good resources, organize ideas, notes, and think about "voice." (Yes, non-fiction has "voice" too!) A great way to reinforce skills learned in the classroom. Best suited for upper elementary or middle school classes.



The Publishing Process 


Interested in how this whole publishing business works? In this workshop, we’ll discuss: the differences between publishing non-fiction and fiction, how to find and work successfully with an agent, working with a critique group, dealing with rejection. Best suited for high schoolers or adults. 



Literary Events

If you're putting together a literary event or SCBWI conference, I'm available to do a variety of workshops. Contact me via my Contact page for more information. 


Details & honorariums

I will do up to four 45-minute presentations or combination of presentations/writing workshops a day. I prefer speaking to groups divided by grades as opposed to speaking to the whole school, but I'm flexible. 

I'm happy to sign books before or after the program and will do my very best to sign all books before leaving so that children can get their books returned by the end of the school day. I try to provide bookmarks for students unable to purchase book but who would still like a signature. 

I am open to doing a Lunch With The Author workshop for a group of 12-15 students. This is an opportunity for especially interested students to share their work and ask more direct questions about the writing life or process. There is no extra fee for this and it up to schools to decide which students attend (for example, by contest or random drawing).   

Please note: for all school visits, I request that children read at least one of my books. Visits are more meaningful for students when they are familiar with an author's work beforehand. 

For schools within 1.5 hour drive from Columbus, Ohio:

$600 for half-day (Includes two 45 minute presentations and Lunch With The Author if desired.)

$950 for full-day (Includes up to four 45 minutes presentations or combination of presentations/workshops and Lunch With The Author if desired.)

For schools more than 1.5 hour drive from Columbus, Ohio or out of state:

Half-day: $650 plus travel expenses (coach airfare or mileage at .54 per mile, hotel, $40 for meals per day, car rental/gas if applicable). 

Full-day: $1000 plus travel expenses (coach airfare or mileage at .54 per mile, hotel, $40 for meals per day, car rental/gas if applicable).   

Multiple schools are also welcome to split travel expenses. 

Local Schools 
(For this purpose, local means any school or library within a 40-minute drive of Columbus, Ohio.) 

For a 1 hour visit or workshop (for example, for a Literary Night, Enrichment Day, or other school or library event) cost is $150.

Other Events

For Scout visits or other types of events, please contact me to discuss. (Sorry. Too many factors go into determining a price ahead of time!)