Carmella Van Vleet
children's author and part-time ninja
As a former teacher, I love working with readers and writers of all ages. I’m happy to visit Girl Scout troops, schools, libraries, bookstores and book festivals, as well as do Skype visits. 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.
I'm happy to offer a free 20-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 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-6.)
Cool stories from history
Learn how Howard Carter turned a would-be forgotten pharaoh into one of the most famous mummies of all time, how Ben Franklin tricked his big brother and how he used a spy to help secure America’s independence. This workshop also includes (when possible) time for a craft. (Best suited for libraries or small school events such as Literary Night. Also suited for middle school classes who are studying specific periods of history.)
Research tricks revealed
In this workshop, students will learn some tips on how to find a good source, organize ideas, notes and time and how to put it all together into writing. 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 middle schoolers, high schoolers or adults.)
Working with young writers in the classroom
For parents or teachers, this workshop explores how to encourage kids to become enthusiastic readers and writers.
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