Skype visits are a great way to visit an author without the expense of a full day school visit.
|Presentations:||Varies according to needs of students. Possibilities include:
|Audiences:||Kindergarten through Grade 5|
|Available Times:||Monday – Friday. Times are flexible, but please note I am on Pacific Standard Time.|
|Free “Meet the Author” Visit:||10 minutes|
|Author Q & A length:||
|Book Orders:||I encourage schools to work with their local bookstore/bookseller. Autographed books make for a more memorable author visit and of course, encourage a child to read! You can work with your own local bookstore/bookseller and I’ll happily send autographed book plates.|
|Prerequisites:||Students must have read at least one of my books to familiarize themselves with my work.|
School Visits & Workshops
Grades K-2: 35 minutes
Grades 3-5: 45-50 minutes
Afternoon kindergarten visits can also be arranged (30 minutes, story reading. No Q & A).
Writing is fun! That’s the message I want kids to hear. In my multi-sensory and interactive assembly, in accordance with CA State writing standards, children will get an in-depth look at writing. I’ll teach children about joke writing, story creation, the revision process and give writing tips. I’ll also share a bit of how my own childhood and personal experiences have contributed to my becoming a writer so students will see that their own life experiences contribute to who they will become as adults.
Classroom Questions and Answers
Grades 3-5, 30 minutes. These class visits (often held in the library, sometimes attended by lottery or writing contest) follow the assemblies and are done in a Q and A format to allow students to intereact with me. I recommend students write out their questions in advance, after reading my book(s).
Student Writing Workshops
Grades 3-5: 45-50 minutes
Recently, some schools are preferring to forego assemblies and ask authors to work directly with students via hands-on writing workshops. I focus on different kinds of writing for each grade level (story creation, poetry, joke-writing) while discussing the writing process and elements of writing.
Children’s Writing Workshop for Adults
The ABCs of Writing for Children (3.5 hours)
Have you ever dreamed of writing for children? In this overview of the children’s writing field (with an emphasis on picture books), I’ll cover children’s genres, developing story basics, the picture book format, manuscript formatting, the submission process and recommended resources.
The ABCs of Writing EZ Readers (3.5 hours)
While writing easy readers can be like juggling chainsaws, it CAN be done! Discover how to write this critical genre for young readers. Learn about easy reader levels, word lists, use of rhythm and rhyme, illustration, story arcs, markets and writing tips.
Previous Presentations: Sierra Sands Unified School District, Cerro Coso Community College, Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, California Reading Association, Kern Reading Association, California Writer’s Club.
Fees for Visits & Workshops: Varies depending on program, beginning at $1,500 + travel expenses. Please email Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss details.
UCLA Extension Writer’s Program Courses.com
I proudly teach five online courses for the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program:
- Introduction to Writing Easy Readers
- Introduction to Picture Book Writing
- Intermediate Picture Book Writing
- Writing in Rhyme for Young Children
- Writing for Children: A Beginning Workshop
To see if I have a course coming up on the schedule, visit: https://www.uclaextension.edu/ or https://www.uclaextension.edu/pages/writing_journalism_literature/