Writing for kids isn’t easy, but it’s a great job. I get to delve into subjects that interest and inspire me, and then I get to share them. How fun is that? Plus, I love talking to kids, telling them about what I do and how I do it.

My presentations run about 45 minutes, including a question-and-answer session, and can be given to a wide range of ages. Simply let me know in advance the grade levels I’ll be speaking to, and I’ll adjust accordingly. If you have a specific topic in mind that I haven’t listed here, just ask. I do my best to be flexible. Please contact me with any questions or for information about rates at pdianebailey@gmail.com



Key points:

  • Developing ideas
  • “Window working” (Staring out the window is working!)
  • Writing and revising
  • Networking with other writers

This is a general presentation about writing both as a process and a career. Many people think that writers churn out a few hundred words a day and spend the rest of the day playing. NOT! I’ll explain how it really is—both the fun parts and the boring ones. Writing both fiction and non-fiction are covered in this presentation.


Key points:

  • Pick a topic, any topic
  • Effective research
  • Telling stories with facts
  • Knowing your audience

What goes into writing a non-fiction book? I trace the whole process, from idea to finished product. Included is information on researching, outlining, writing, and editing. I’ll also cover communication with editors, and seeing a book through to publication.



Key points:

  • Types of sources (primary, secondary, traditional, internet)
  • Interviewing
  • Evaluating information
  • Copyright and plagiarism
  • Enough! When to stop researching

There’s a glut of information out there—some good, some bad—both in print and electronically. Even as a professional writer, it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start! This presentation is a teaching workshop geared to help students learn how to become better researchers—and maybe even enjoy the process.



Key points:

  • Putting “story” into “history”
  • Wait! Toothpaste wasn’t invented yet! (Staying true to the period)
  • Using real historical figures
  • Research—learning to love it

Historical fiction combines the best of both worlds—a good story that also gives readers a glimpse into a past lifetime. For this presentation, I’ll describe my work writing historical fiction set in the United States.




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