For Teachers & Librarians

As a former English teacher, I love to talk to kids about writing! I’m happy to do both large-group talks (with plenty of interaction) and small writing workshops for grades 3-8. Let me know your needs–I can do or adapt any of the following:

  • A reading from any of my books, followed by a freewheeling Q&A
  • Interactive talk: “How to Get Published,” sharing early rejection letters, discussing importance of editorial feedback and revision, writing as a “team sport”
  • Interactive talk: “How Writers Get Ideas”
  • Creative Writing Workshop: “Creating Realistic Characters”
  • Interactive Talk: “How to Do Research for Fiction”
  • Interactive Talk: “How to Write about Challenging Topics in a Kid-Friendly Way”

Contact me about reasonably priced thirty-minute Q&A Zoom visits for groups (of at least ten) that have read any of my books. I’m also happy to do longer Zoom sessions. In-person school programs (when they resume safely) are about one hour long including Q&A with students plus book-signing time. I offer half-day and full-day visits.  I’ll do up to four programs in one visit, and I’m comfortable with any size audience.

To schedule an appearance, please email me at

Books can be ordered through my publisher: