Author Visits

Encouraging readers and writers of all ages is one of the best parts of this job! I’ve brainstormed adventure quests with second-graders, taught ninth-graders to spot the connections between Olivia and Romeo & Juliet, and mentored dozens of grownup authors refining their beloved manuscripts.

My number-one goal is always to leave participants with a cache of practical, effective tips that will make their next steps into the world of writing–whether that means querying an agent or writing a paragraph about what they had for breakfast–more fun, more satisfying, and more successful!

***NEW! Free Downloadable Educator’s Guide for THE LANGUAGE OF SEABIRDS***

***NEW! Free Downloadable Educator’s Guide for CATCH THAT DOG!***

***NEW! Free Downloadable Educator’s Guide for MAGGIE & ABBY’S NEVERENDING PILLOW FORT***

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*Fighting Book Censorship! Special GSA Virtual Visit Discount for The Language of Seabirds*

  • Single Presentations (Grades 3-12) 45-60 minutes
    • Suitable for small group, classroom, or assembly visits.
    • Presentations are Common Core-aligned and include visuals, exercises, optional handouts, and Q&A.
    • Signed book swag for all participants.
    • After-event book signing available at no extra charge.
    • $375 +travel, in-person. $200 virtual.
      • HOW BOOKS GET MADE Author life and the writing process, with emphasis on the messy fun and importance of revision. Showing the link between classroom work and the real world.
      • HOW TO TELL A STORY Finding characters, settings, and questions; building the layers of the story sandwich; putting it all together.
      • HELP, I’M STUCK! Practical, easy tools for getting around the corners when you’ve got to write–for school or for fun–and the words just aren’t coming.
      • WILL TAYLOR WILL TAILOR A program just for you, designed to fit the specific needs of your school!
  • Half- and Full-Day Combos 
    • Half-Day (two back-to-back events)
      • $675 in person
      • $350 virtual
    • Full-Day (three or four one-hour events)
      • $1,300 in person
      • $675 virtual
  • Writing Groups/Book Clubs (All Ages) 45-60 minutes
    • $200-$400, variable by group size and location.
      • WRITING SECRETS Top-shelf tips and tricks for getting from fresh idea to polished manuscript, with exercises, games, and take-home worksheets.
      • PUBLISHING DEMYSTIFIED How traditional publishing works, with suggestions, tricks, encouragement, and strategies for getting your foot in the door and your book on the shelf.

Please CONTACT me to chat 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% of all income directly to taxes. Setting aside a further 10% for business expenses, that means almost 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.