School Visits and Skype Sessions
Are you interested in having Marcy visit your school or library? Marcy typically speaks to kids in grades K-5 for up to 60 minutes. She can tailor her presentations to fit your age range and time requirements. Here are some popular options.
Presentations and Writing Workshop Offerings for Kids
The Writing Process: From brainstorm to bookstore
What does it take to get a book on the store or library shelves? A dream, and patience, and a lot of hard work! Marcy will share stories from her own childhood as a dreamer and storymaker. Students will then follow the journey of her first published book, from initial idea, to drafting, getting feedback, to revising again and again, to collaborating with an illustrator, and finally to publication. With the help of some props and volunteers, students will look at all the different “hats” authors must wear. Students will come away with a better understanding of how professional authors work and learn that the methods the “pros” use are very similar to the ones they use in class. They’ll come away inspired to create their own stories.
Everybody Has a Story
To be good storytellers (and humans), we need to be able to see situations from the points of view of others. In this presentation, students will take a close look at the topic of empathy, through the discussion of picture books, and examine the choices characters make on their paths toward a better understanding of each other.
A writing workshop extension to this presentation will allow students to, first, explore their own stories in fun, written ways. Then, they will put themselves into another’s shoes (quite literally!) to create a story outline that could be the basis for a longer work of fiction.
Roller Coaster Writing: Creating a story that really moves
You can have great characters and a great story idea, but without careful attention to plot construction, a narrative can still fall flat. Keeping readers engaged requires a careful look at conflict—defining it, creating it, escalating it, and eventually, resolving it.
Using a roller coaster as a model, Marcy will explain the elements of plot structure in a fun, and easy to understand, way. Though some students may be familiar with a standard, three-act plot structure used in analyzing literature, Marcy will introduce them to an emotional plot structure best used by writers to create compelling plots, no matter what type of story they’re telling.
Students will make ample use of freewriting techniques (and a bit of theater improv!) to develop and deepen conflict for some randomly chosen characters. They will then take these characters on a wild ride, while learning all the major elements of a successful plot. At the completion of the workshop, students will have an outline to use in the creation of a longer work.
Presentations for Adult Groups (especially educators!)
A Day in the Life of an Author
You love children’s literature. You may even teach reading and writing yourself. But do you know how professional authors get their books on the shelves? Marcy will share her journey, from her earliest writings to her first published book and discuss the steps involved. There are many misconceptions about the publishing world! She will address them, answer all your questions, and leave you inspired to help your students, or others, to work toward their writing goals.
*Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact Marcy at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she can tailor a visit to meet your students’ needs.
“Our students thoroughly enjoyed their time with Marcy. With her personal connections and a speaking style that only an author possesses, she had everyone (kids & adults!) engaged with the details of her background, the maturation of a story, and the inner workings of a collaboration with an illustrator. Everyone in our school who interacted with Marcy that day left with inspired creativity and a feeling that they had been a part of something special.”
—Trey Veazey, The Walker School, Marietta, GA
For local schools (within 60 miles of Wooster, OH): $1,000 for three or four talks/workshops in any combination in a single day
For a single presentation or workshop at a local school: $300
For all other locations: $1,200 for three or four talks/workshops, plus all applicable expenses (airfare or mileage, lodging, meals)
- For an excellent overview of why authors charge for school visits, see this post on author Caroline Starr Rose’s blog.
- There are many ways to fund an author visit. Here are some suggestions from The Booking Biz.
- Here are some tips for getting the most out of an author visit.
Ready to schedule a visit? Contact Marcy at email@example.com.
FREE Skype Visits
I’m also pleased to offer free, First Friday Skype Visits on a first-come, first-served basis. These will be held March 1st, April 5th, and May 3rd, 2019, with start times between 9:30 and 2:30 EST. I’ve reserved time for four visits on each day.
During this visit, I will talk a bit about my writing life and process as a writer, read “Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse,” book-talk a couple other books I’m currently reading and take questions. Sessions are between 20 and 30 minutes. If this interests you, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feel free to download and use these handouts with your students.