My presentations to elementary and middle school students are highly participatory. I ask lots of questions to draw students and give my audience ample opportunities to ask me questions as well. Questions are the bridges that connect us: experienced writer to beginning writer, human being to human being.
I am very low tech and my needs are simple. I bring hands-on materials, and all that I need are a portable or lapel microphone, if the groups are large; a surface on which to lay out my books and other materials; and a glass or bottle of room-temp water.
Elementary School Visits
Because of the range of ages for which I’ve written, I am comfortable speaking with K through 6 in elementary schools. My focus is on the writing process, specifically where ideas come from and how we develop ideas into a piece of writing. I use examples from my own books, and use one book in particular to show all the stages that a book goes through from idea to publication.
Middle School Visits
My middle school visits are always focused on The Misfits and the issues raised by that book: name-calling and bullying. Usually, I am invited to schools where The Misfits is being read as a school-wide read or in one grade. My presentation is quite different from what I do in elementary schools. While I do talk about writing, my presentation is much more conversational, in which I ask students what life is like in their school and in their experiences. What does it mean to be “different” or a “misfit” in their school? What forms does bullying take, and why do people do it? I share my own experiences and the experiences of my daughter, both of which motivated me to write The Misfits.
If you are interested in a school visit…
For further information about my availability, honorarium, and other terms of my school appearances, please contact Roberta Stout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in a different type of speaking engagement…
I speak on a variety of topics to educators, parents, writers, and others.
For conferences, book events, etc., please contact Venessa Carson at
email@example.com or 212-698-7392.
For all other speaking appearances, contact Hadley Walker,
Director of the Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-647-6330.