School Visits and Workshops

I would love to come speak at your school! As a writer, actor, children’s librarian, and former middle school music and drama teacher, presenting to kids and teens of all ages is something I truly enjoy.  I also have an MFA in Theatre and have taught workshops around the state of Arkansas with Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. I’m happy to do author visits for all ages–kindergarten to high school!

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In my presentations about “Let the Children March,” I typically discuss the history of the Civil Rights era, along with discussing protest songs and signs. I also talk with students about how they can make a difference in their world today. And, of course, I talk about myself and my process as a writer!

I’m also available to lead writing workshops for kids, teens, and adults. Details, along with prices and sample school visit contract, workshop titles, and contact info, are below!

 

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Half-day (up to 3 hours) visit, which can include up to two hour-long presentations or one longer presentation:

$250 (local, no more than an hour’s drive)

$400 (long-distance) plus travel expenses

Full day (up to 6 hours) visit, which can include up to four hour-long presentations or two longer presentations:

$400 (local, no more than an hour’s drive)

$600 (long-distance) plus travel expenses

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Other than my general presentation about me and my books, I also offer various workshops:

For elementary age kids–

I Can Write Poetry! 

An hour and a half long, this workshop is just right for kids grades 3-5. I lead the kids in various writing and experiential exercises to help them find their inner poet. Active and fun, this workshop will inspire children and get them excited about poetry.

Creative Dramatics and Picture Books

Where story and theatre meet! Using wonderful picture books, we explore the stories using creative dramatics, making the tales come alive! This workshop works well with grades 2-5. I’ve taught acting and movement to kids for years, so this is a natural for me!

For middle school and high school kids–

Bringing History to Life Through Literature and Drama

In a cross-curricular three hour workshop, we’ll blend poetry, books, and other texts in a theatrical performance that brings history to life.

Creative Writing Workshops

Building confidence and competency as creative writers, though guided prompts, group exercises, and peer-critique.

Picture Book Writing Workshops

Write and format a picture book in a two-hour workshop. The students will learn about the format, then brainstorm ideas and turn one of them into a finished first draft.

Spoken Word Poetry: Writing and Performing

Where self and art combine–spoken word poetry can encourage teens to express their inner thoughts and emotions through performed rhythmic poems. We’ll work on both the writing and performing aspect of this format.

For adults–

Using Picture Books Across the Curriculum

This is a two-hour continuing education workshop for teachers, learning creative ideas and best practices for teaching literature, history, science, and even math, using picture books as a springboard.

Not Your Mama’s Shakespeare

Taking Shakespeare off the page and bringing the plays into the world of today’s preteens and teens. This continuing education workshop shows English and drama teachers ways to teach Shakespeare though performance, art, music, and even film. Shakespeare as it was meant to be!

Picture Basics 101

For adult writers interested in the picture book, we’ll learn all about the format and begin multiple manuscripts.  Students will leave with all the beginning tools to become picture book authors.