Author Visits

I enjoy speaking to readers and writers of all ages and working with them at schools, libraries, and writers events. I also enjoy sharing my experiences with grown-ups at professional meetings and conferences, family literacy nights, and writing workshops. I love to present at festivals and book celebrations that promote literacy, and I take great pleasure in talking about my books, the writing process, the publishing industry, writing as a career, and best practices in literacy education. My goals are to inform, inspire, educate, and entertain, and I want young people and adults alike to come away from my presentations with a renewed excitement for reading, writing, and changing the world one word at a time.

Authors Kids Love Program

Authors Kids Love: Stories Behind the Stories, is a dynamic multimedia program that takes students and educators behind the scenes of the making of the series. Hear the stories behind the stories of some of your favorite award-winning authors, and find out how the series was conceived and developed. In addition, students will learn about doing research, conducting interviews, and reading and writing biographies. I also show them how an author study can deepen their understanding of the literature they love.

To ensure a meaningful and productive school visit, teachers can lay the groundwork before I come and build on it after I leave. Students should know who I am, why I am coming to speak to them, and something about the subjects of my books. It would be good to share my books with them in advance and have copies of each title in your school library. The Authors Kids Love books are appropriate for a wide range of readers and writers. Although the series is aimed at fluent middle grade readers, they can be used successfully with emergent and developing readers of all ages. Students can either read the books themselves or the books can be read aloud and discussed. Students should also be familiar with some of the books written by the authors in the series. Each biography includes a list of the authors books. Click here for teaching resources.

I offer full-day and half-day author visits. A full day school visit includes four 45-60 minute sessions. A half day includes two 45-60 minute presentations. I can present to small, medium, and large groups in the all-purpose room, in individual classrooms, and/or in the school library. K-2 sessions will be shorter. Please plan at least ten minute breaks between sessions and 30 minutes for lunch. I require a schedule in advance. Fees are listed below.

This workshop can be customized for writers of any age. Common Core State Standards, Common Core College and Career Readiness Standards, and/or individual State Standards are correlated to the content.

2014 Fees

All fees are negotiable, depending on location and other circumstances. Please feel free to inquire. I am happy to work within your budget.

Greater Phoenix Area
Full Day $500.00
Half Day $250.00

Elsewhere in Arizona
Full Day $650.00 + travel expenses
Half Day $400.00 + travel expenses

Outside of Arizona
Full Day $800.00 + travel expenses
Half Day $500.00 + travel expenses


If you do not have the funds for an author visit and you have already checked your school’s library budget, consider asking the PTA or PTO to support the event or inquire if there are District Title I monies that can be used for a literacy program that meets curriculum standards. You can also apply for a grant. Possible sources include your State Humanities Council or State Council on the Arts, your State Reading Association or local Reading Council, local service organizations (Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary Clubs) The National Endowment for the Arts (, and or a local business.

Virtual School Visits

Visit with me for one hour ($150.00) via computer using a webcam and Skype software for live video/audio feed. Session includes a chat topic of your choice and Q’s and A’s.

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Ready, Set, Research:
A Workshop for Writing Nonfiction

Doing research for a nonfiction writing project can feel like a challenging task, but with the right tools, ingenious plans, and a bit of organization, you can bring depth, excitement, and relevance to any topic for readers of all ages. This workshop will get you to think like a detective and embrace research as a way to fuel your passion for the subject you are writing about. This workshop will explore a variety of resources, useful strategies for searching and gathering information, and valuable tips for carefully choosing material that will give your writing a unique and lasting impact.

This workshop can be customized for writers of any age. Common Core State Standards, Common Core College and Career Readiness Standards, and/or individual State Standards are correlated to the content.

Contact me at to inquire about fees and availability.