Author Visits

Encouraging readers and writers of all ages is one of the best parts of this job! I’ve brainstormed pillow fort names with second-graders, taught ninth-graders to spot the connections between Olivia and Romeo & Juliet, and mentored grownup writers for pitch contests on Twitter. My main goal with every visit, in-person or virtual, is to leave my participants with a stash of fun, solid, usable tips and tricks to assist their next steps in the wonderful world of writing–whether that means querying an agent or writing a one-paragraph story about what they had for breakfast.

Note: all events will be done virtually until further notice. 


  • FREE 20-min Virtual Visits (for classrooms that have read one or more of my books)
    • Author Q&A.
    • Signed swag pack for all students.
  • Classroom Visits (Grades 3-12) 40-60 minutes
    • Opt 1: How books get made! Author life; the writing process; strong emphasis on the messy fun and importance of revision.
    • Opt 2: How to be an author! Finding characters, settings, and questions; building the story sandwich; putting it all together.
    • Opt 3: Picturing books! Using picture books to study the elements of story, framing devices, thematic repetition, and arc. (Best for grades 7-12)
    • All full presentations with visuals and activities.
    • Signed book swag for all participants. Q&A optional.
    • $300 +travel, in-person. $175 virtual visit.
  • Writing Groups/Book Clubs (All Ages) 40-60 minutes
    • Opt 1: The Work of Writing. Tools and tips for getting from fresh idea to polished manuscript.
    • Opt 2: The Publishing Process. How traditional publishing works, suggestions, tips, and strategies.
    • Opt 3: Custom. A program designed to fit the needs of your group!
    • $175-$250, variable by group size. Contact for more information.

Please use the CONTACT tab to check in about visits! I’d love to hear from you!

A Clarifying Note About Pricing, Because I’ve Been Asked: As self-employed small business owners, authors pay an average of 35-40% of all income directly to taxes. Setting aside a further 10-15% for business expenses, that means half of all writing and event income is already spoken for. I encourage anyone who may be curious to take a look at a variety of authors’ websites to get a sense of the average school visit pricing across the industry.