The nuts-and-bolts
of Kate's school visits:

  • Sessions run about 45 minutes, leaving about 10 minutes for Questions & Answers

  • Visits can range from one-hour to full-day

  • Presentations can be tailored to fit a teacher's specific needs

  • Audiences from kindergarten to sixth grade

  • Writing workshops available upon request

I recognize that it's not always easy to justify bringing in an author to speak. But author visits are exciting ways to get kids pumped up about reading and writing. With schools under pressure to perform and devote so much classroom time to assessments, I have put together talks and writing workshops that focus on the fundamentals of writing, reading, and research:

Helping students use more descriptive and specific language

Basic elements of a story, point of view, and storytelling

How to open with a bang and tools for getting started

Research and how it can add color to creative writing

Outlining and building the skeleton of a story

The Scroll of Doom

And to demonstrate resilience, I have students help me with "The Scroll of Doom," a 65-foot long roll of laminated rejection letters I accumulated over the years. I heard quite a few "no's" before landing that first book contract! And this is a physical demonstration around the concepts of perseverance and resilience. 

Students unfurling The Scroll of Doom in school's library

My talks and workshops differ based on grade:

Helpful Links

Reach out to me directly or with my publisher's author visit request form
Simon & Schuster helps with ordering books for an author appearance
Read about steps for planning a successful author's visit at your school
Help is available for finding the funding to bring authors into schools
The ABCs of successful author visits, including resources for funding

Kindergarten - 2nd grade

I present on the basics of storytelling and how ideas turn into books, sharing examples from my own books and writing life. 

3rd - 4th grades

We discuss creative writing, from ideas to story structure to choosing the right words. My emphasis is on developing a love of reading, and I feature a game-show style contest around book summaries.

5th - 6th grades

I get into the specifics of researching stories, the Six Traits, as well as the Three Rs of Writing – reading, revising, and the biggie, resilience.

Online Visits

Let's visit via Zoom or Skype! I'm happy to do remote presentations about writing, researching, and resilience, and I enjoy answering students' questions! 

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contact Kate's agent,

Jennifer Mattson,

at Andrea Brown Literary 

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