I have a few set programs described below. If these are not exactly what you’re looking for, I would be happy to work with you to modify them into a program appropriate for your student group.
At present, I am only traveling to schools and libraries in and around Vermont. But if you live farther afield, never fear! I am also available for Skype visits.
I charge a modest honorarium for all events, save for the 20-minute book chats over Skype. Please email me if you are interested in setting up an author event!
Creating an Owl’s-Eye-View (Fourth through Eighth grades):
Using Of a Feather, my latest middle grade novel, as an example, I take students through how I created my narrator’s owl’s-eye-view of his world. I talk about how owls experience the world differently from us humans, and then lead the students in a writing exercise where they can try their imaginations at looking at the world as a owl might. I will weave in my experiences writing from other animals’ points of view (dogs, cats, and coyotes, oh my!).
Turning Research Into Writing (Fourth through Twelfth grades):
Using either Of a Feather, my latest middle grade novel, or No Safety in Numbers, the first book in my YA trilogy, I share with students the research behind the stories, and how it influenced my writing of them. I explore with them some of the quirks of writing research-based fiction: How much research is enough? What do you do when your story conflicts with your research? I then lead students in a writing exercise based on some of the research I’ve presented in my talk.
Strategies for Revision (Eighth through Twelfth grades):
Using my experience writing No Safety in Numbers, the first book in my YA trilogy, I talk students through my process, from first draft through revision, and then through the steps to publication. I will present several different strategies and techniques for revision, including ideas on both the story and structure level and for line editing and close reading.
I can adapt any of the above programs for a Skype visit.
I also offer a free 20-minute book talk over Skype with classes that have read one of my books.
If you’re looking for teaching materials related to my books, check out this amazing THE STORM Teacher’s Guide created by teacher, writer, and lecturer extraordinaire, Kate Messner!