I love to meet booksellers, kids, teachers, librarians, and parents. Here are just some of the places I've been invited to teach or speak:
WORKSHOPS AND SPEAKING
I regularly speak at librarian/educator conventions on practical ways to get reluctant readers to read, as well as how to hold a successful Skype author visit. Most recently, I hosted sessions at the Mississippi Reading Association's convention, and at the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival.
Want to find out how to add suspense to your writing? How to write middle-grade fiction, or how to manage social media as an author? I've spoken on all these topics at conventions like Pikes Peak Writers Conference, SCBWI Southern Breeze Wiki Conference, and Savvy Authors online, among others.
School and library visits are the best part of my job! I do both in-person and Skype author visits.
Skype visits run about 20-30 minutes, are simple Q&A format, and are always free. I routinely do in-person author visits in the Colorado Springs, Denver, and Pueblo area (my home base). I'm also happy to travel to your venue!
My Denver Metro area school visits are in conjunction with Tattered Cover Bookstore; contact Kristen Gilligan at Kristen.firstname.lastname@example.org for information and arrangements.
For other locations, contact me for pricing and details.
How do you become an author?
Length: 45 min- 1 hour
I share my journey from a young Pippi Longstocking fan to a published author in a fun, interactive presentation that shows you can do anything as long as you're willing to learn, work to improve, and have a positive attitude. The presentation runs about 20 minutes, with ample time for Q&A.
George Washington Presentation
to accompany Double Vision: Code Name 711
Length: 45 min.-1 hour
Did you know George Washington was America's first spy? As the founder of the Culper Ring, he helped overthrow the British during the Revolutionary War using clever spy tactics. During this fun, interactive presentation, we'll talk about George Washington's spy history, and little-known facts about the crucial role of his clandestine activities. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the session.