"Engaging, funny, real." - Andy H., 7th grade teacher
"A natural with the kids!" - Sarah R., 3rd grade teacher
I love visiting schools, libraries, bookstores, book clubs, book-themed birthday parties, you name it! As a former teacher and school librarian, I know all the tricks to make a fun, educational, and memorable visit for everybody involved.
Not near the Twin Cities? I'd be glad to Skype with your school/library/bookstore/book club/book-themed birthday party, etc., free of charge for up to 20 minutes.
Looking forward to meeting you soon!
1. Single presentation (45 min – 1 hour) $250
- Large group assembly (see below for more information)
2. Half Day (Approx. 3.5 hours) $550
- Includes three programs total (one assembly and two workshops, two assemblies and one workshop, or three workshops or assemblies – your choice)
3. Full Day (Approx. 6.5 hours) $800
- Includes four programs total (your choice of assemblies/workshops), as well as lunch with students and a small group discussion (book club, literacy circles, aspiring authors, etc.)
All visits include a book signing and Q&A session, as well as bookmarks for every student.
**Please note: if your school is located over 30 minutes away from where I live/am staying, a travel fee will apply.***
I am happy to stay after school to meet with writing/reading clubs. An additional fee will apply.
Presentation (Grades 3-8, best for large groups)
In this engaging, interactive presentation, students will get an overview of what it’s like to be an author. They’ll hear about the process of writing, revising, and publishing a book. Abby will discuss the importance of theme in writing, with specific examples from Sticks & Stones and Bubbles. Students will leave feeling inspired and eager to read and write!
*Workshops are adapted for each grade level
Publication 101 (Grades 3-8)
A book goes through many stages before it turns into the final product you see in stores and libraries. In this session, we’ll go through each exciting step of the publishing process, with fun, interactive writing and editing exercises throughout. Students will get to see pages from Sticks & Stones and Bubbles in various stages, as well as notes from real agents and editors.
Fantastic Flashbacks (Grades 3-8)
Flashbacks are important to include in fiction because they show us something about the main character we wouldn't otherwise know. In this workshop, we'll think about how various experiences in our lives helped shape the person we are today. Students will come away with multiple ideas as well as a short written piece that can be used in a variety of different ways.
Writing is Magical (Grades 3-8)
Roald Dahl once said “a little magic can take you a long way.” In this introduction to magical realism, we'll explore the many ways we can make our stories magical. We'll brainstorm ideas for magical characters, settings, and objects, and we'll experiment with including some of each in our writing. Then, we'll discuss how to account for magical elements in a way that makes sense to readers. At the end, we'll share some of our work. It'll be a magical session!
Ideas Are All Around (Grades 3-8)
How do writers come up with their ideas? There are lots of fun ways to find and develop stories. In this session, students will learn multiple techniques and strategies to generate great ideas.
***Please don’t let budgetary concerns stop you from reaching out!
I’m happy to work with you to customize a program for your school.***
"If we'd had an energy barometer, Abby would have broken the glass and the mercury would have shot to a galaxy far beyond!" - Pat Martinez, high school creative writing teacher (read full review)
"Abby was a very kinetic presenter, keeping the students engaged the whole time and encouraging them to share and discuss their ideas." - Tom M., 4th grade teacher
"Abby's presentation kept all of our students engaged and involved. She encourages imagination, perseverance, optimism, and laughter. Her enthusiasm is contagious; we had a blast visiting with her!" - Caryl M., school librarian
School Visit Resources
The Perfect Author Visit by Dan Gutman
Why Pay Authors For School Visits Anyway? by Caroline Starr Rose
Finding Funding by Alexis O'Neill
How to Get the Most Out of an Author Visit by Melanie Conklin