Author Visits


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We’re so lucky to work with kids. In addition to presenting writing residencies and school author visits (both real and virtual), I’m now back as a very-part-time teacher librarian, and I’m having a blast getting kids reading and writing.

I still find ways to support all teachers and students, but I don’t have as much time for school author visits, and even less time to market them. That’s why this year I’m reducing my fees from $1400 to $900 for a full day—that’s my regular half-day rate—and limiting my visits to the first 25 schools that respond.

Check out these presentations or let’s design one tailored to your needs.


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

Writing Residency

Let your whole school benefit from a Young Authors’ event with ongoing, weeklong, or tailor-made residencies. Don’t all writers—from the most reluctant to the most gifted—deserve increased confidence and enjoyment in writing? Grades K-8

Painless Poetry

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

Teacher Time

Why let the kids have all the fun? Try a writing workshop for teachers, writing teacher coaching, or online writing workshop courses for credits or clock hours.

All presentations have accompanying materials to use as follow-up activities after Deb’s visits. She is also available to Skype with classes before and after visits or in place of an in-person visit.

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


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-grade Student


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