My passion and gift in working with students is getting them inspired, excited, and motivated to write. Teaching writing was the focus of my master’s project years ago, and as a classroom teacher, I secretly loved hearing parents tell me at the beginning of the year that their child was a reluctant writer. I knew I could get them writing! I love hearing from teachers after my visits. Many tell me about students getting back to their classrooms and asking to write. And when kids contact me themselves, it’s even more special, like these ones…
“That inner critic kept saying, ‘That’s no good! Scrap that!’ But I heard your presentation and I told that critic no, and moved on! I will always keep writing now that you have shown me ways to improve!” Sixth grader
“I wish you could live with me.” First grader
Who knew learning about story structure could be so much fun? The Magic Threes, Story Song, and Deb’s Story Recipe inspire kids to think as writers and use traits of good readers. Grades K-3
Be a Troublemaker!
You have to be a troublemaker to write stories. Writers create characters—then get them in trouble! Tips and techniques like Quieting the Critic and Taking the Writers Oath will keep your troublemakers in the right kind of trouble! Grades 3-8
To see more widespread increases in student writing motivation, quantity, and quality, consider a writing residency. Let your whole school benefit from a Young Authors’ event with ongoing, weeklong, or tailor-made residencies. All writers—from the most reluctant to the most gifted—deserve increased confidence and enjoyment in writing! Grades K-8
Creative Expression Workshops
Give your students a lifelong gift while inspiring and motivating them on projects such as historical reenactments, wax museums, public service announcements, storytelling, and other creative projects with movement, speech, music, and art integration designed for your specific needs. No project in mind? That’s okay! Just getting up in front of the class will be easier after this workshop! Reduce performance anxiety in your students so they can better enjoy and retain what they learn while discovering their own creativity.
A few simple tools can help students create poetry that will surprise and delight them as well as you. Explore the elements of poetry (with examples by kids) as an introduction to or in conjunction with your own poetry-writing unit, with optional follow-up poetry-writing workshops. Grades 3-8
Want to get the word out about literacy, writing with kids, or creative expression? Invite Deb to speak to or facilitate activities for your parent group, staff, or community event.
Why let the kids have all the fun? Try a writing or creative expression workshop for teachers, writing teacher coaching, or online writing workshop courses for credits or clock hours.
Here’s what others have said…
- You Rule!!! The school is still buzzing about your visit! Elementary Principal
- Our best author-visit ever! Japan DoD Literacy Specialist
- Even our tough older kids hung onto every word. K-8 Librarian
- Everyone thoroughly enjoyed your visit with us! You did a super job of engaging students of all levels and encouraging their writing…. Thanks for making our Young Author’s day a great success! Teacher-Librarian
- The buzz at school is in your favor—teachers said you were “the best guest author we have ever had!” Thank you for your inspiration. PTA Parent
Because I’m on a mission to get everyone claiming their creativity, my presentation fees have been greatly reduced from past years.
A full day with three presentations and “teacher time” to discuss classroom writing workshops (usually during lunch) is $900 (that’s $500 off). Additional presentation can be added for an additional fee.
A half-day with two presentations is $800 or $700 each when the day is shared with a nearby school.
A single presentation is $500.
For 5-day minimum writing residencies, allow up to five classroom sessions each day at $800 per day. Most schools choose a week or two while others plan for once-a-month ongoing visits or create schedules that best fit their needs.
Creative expression workshops can include up to five classroom sessions each day at $800 per day.
Event fees vary but are generally $400 to $800.
Free 10-minute Q&A online visits are available when a new book is released and also as my schedule allows. Online live presentations (usually by Skype) are $125 for up to 30 minutes, and $175 for up to 50 minutes. These are a great option for schools that are remote or lack funding for live author visits.
Passion is contagious. Let me help you inspire your students to read, write, dream, and create!