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 firstname.lastname@example.org
THE WRITING LIFE
- 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.
NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH: WRITING NON-FICTION
- 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.
THE REAL DEAL: DOING EFFECTIVE RESEARCH
- Types of sources (primary, secondary, traditional, internet)
- 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.
WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION
- 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.