Below are descriptions of a typical school visit, but I am more than happy to design a visit that works specifically for your school and student/teacher needs. My books are written for a huge variety of audiences and ages – I’d love to work with you and your students!
In this lively half-hour to hour-long session, the students and I will brainstorm ideas for good picture books and talk about characters, settings, dialogue, and illustrations.
I can design a 45 to 60-minute workshop or program about any aspect of the writing and creative process specifically for your middle school students. The presentation can include any genre, from poetry to fiction or memoir. I can also focus specifically on one of my middle-grades novels if you wish.
I have written two novels for young adults, What I Leave Behind and All Rivers Flow to the Sea, and my adult novels Shadow Baby and Falling Boy are frequently taught in high schools as well. I’d love to design a workshop or program for your high school that covers any aspect of the writing process. I’m also open to collaborative work.
$3000 total (U.S. and Canada; please inquire for international rates). This includes all travel expenses (I handle travel arrangements), for up to four presentations, plus book signings, per day. (Fee is reduced to $2500 for schools within three hours’ driving distance of both Minneapolis and portions of southern California.) If you’re interested, please email me at email@example.com
Workshops and Lectures
I am available as a keynote speaker at conferences for writers, librarians, and teachers. I usually cover topics related to the life of a working artist, and I am also happy to create a specific lecture on a writing topic of interest to you. As a professor emerita of Metropolitan State University creative writing program, which offers both a B.A. and a minor in Creative Writing, and a former faculty member of Vermont College’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program and Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, I have long experience in teaching creative writing and leading creative writing workshops. I One-day creative writing workshops can be designed around the topic of your choice, from the art of developing characters, writing in a child’s voice, writing from the body, my best tips for creative writing teachers, and a specific topic of your choosing.
Fee: $3000 total (U.S. and Canada; please inquire for international rates). This includes all travel expenses (I handle travel arrangments), one lecture and up to two or three other presentations, breakout sessions or mini-workshops, plus book signings, per day. (Note: Fee is reduced to $2500 for schools, universities and conferences within three hours’ driving distance of Minneapolis or portions of southern California.)
For more information, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I would be happy to arrange a virtual visit with your school or your writer’s group. Many of my lectures and presentations can be adapted for Skype. This is a fun and economical way to connect “face to face.”
$100 for up to 45 minutes. If you’re interested, please email me at email@example.com
Haiku for You
Send me a photo, and I will write a haiku just for you. I’ll mail it to you, signed and handwritten on a sheet of cardstock, either centered on the page or at the bottom, your choice. Editions are limited to 1/1. This is a perfect gift for birthdays, anniversaries, or holidays. All proceeds from Haiku for You are donated to Life and Hope Haiti, a school I help to support.