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Select one option or mix two or more together to create a full day's schedule.


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In this interactive, assembly-style presentation, I'll share how I turn my ideas into books, share all stages of my writing process, offer tips for students to find and write their own stories, and give students a sneak peek at my not-yet-published books! 

  • 30 minutes + Q & A for grades 1-3
  • 45 minutes + Q & A for grades 5-6 (includes a more in-depth look at revising and more advanced writing tips)
  • Includes visual presentation, interactive elements, a sing-along, and Q & A
  • Optional addition: lunch with the author for a group of 10 or less
  • Pricing available upon request

Short visit:


I offer a limited number of complimentary 15- to 20-minute virtual visits on Fridays only. These casual, adaptable visits include a show & tell intro about my writing process, followed by a Q & A and short reading, if time permits. To make the most of our time together, students should read at at least one of my early readers before our visit. 

  • 15-20 minutes 
  • Grades K-3
  • Pricing: Free
  • One visit per school


Writing Workshops:


Your students are invited to be an official member of the The Secret Notebook Club! All they'll need are a pencil, a notebook, and their imagination. I'll show them how all of my books were born and developed in my writer's notebook. Then they'll participate in short writing prompts and activities, tailored to each grade, to explore character, setting, conflict, and sensory details that bring a story to life. Students will leave with a notebook of ideas that they can turn into stories.

  • 60 minutes 
  • Grades 2-6
  • Pricing available upon request


Sometimes a book can begin with a character's voice whispering in an author's ear, "Tell my story." In this workshop, I'll share how many of my books began with a character (or two) and grew from there. Students will brainstorm characters, flesh them out by pretending to be detectives, and use the "Story Machine" to discover their character's story. Along the way, students will also learn about conflict and story arc. They'll end the workshop with a character profile and story starter.

  • 60 minutes 
  • Grades 2-6
  • Pricing available upon request