My standard visit to a school will include 2 large-group presentations*, one for K-3, another for 4-6 (or 7-8, etc.). In these addresses I pitch with enthusiasm the pleasures of reading and writing; present with slides several of my picture books, telling their literal stories, as well as the 'stories' of their creation; perform as storytelling a story separate from my own texts (often an Appalachian folk tale); and make hands-on suggestions for student storytelling and writing. Schools provide time for autographing of the students' books at some point in the day. When I stay the whole day at a school I can provide a writer's workshop for a smaller, selected group of students. Here I provide specific, hands-on suggestions and lead participants through several writing activities. I can also provide as an alternative a "storytelling" performance not strictly related to my books.
I also note that many schools like to take advantage of my presence to offer an in-service session for their faculty or PTA group. The format for such sessions can be varied but often includes either an inspirational talk or a hands-on writing workshop for teachers and parents that can then be transferred for use with youth.
I can also provide several other lectures and workshops with topics ranging from storytelling and children’s literature to contemporary American and British poetry, as well poetry and religion. These could be made suitable for upper grade school audiences through adults.
*For a larger school another large group presentation or two
may be added, dispensing with the writing workshop.
--- Requirements for the large group presentations are a
large screen, extension cord, microphone, movable cart, and
darkened room. For the workshop I need the students to have
paper and pencil and for myself a blackboard. ---
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