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School Visits and Workshops

Terry giving a presentation
at an assembly.

Assembly - Grades K-2, 35-40 minutes,
Grades 3-5, 45-50 minutes
No more than two assemblies per day.

Writing is fun! That is the message I want kids to hear. In my multi-sensory and interactive assembly, in accordance with California State writing standards, children will get an in-depth look at writing.  Using overheads, props and movement, I'll teach children about humor writing, story creation, the revision process, and writing tips. I'll share how my own childhood and personal experiences have contributed to my becoming a writer so students can see that their own life experiences contribute to who they will become. 
Note: Due to group size, I don't take questions from students during assemblies.

Classroom Questions & Answers
Grades 3-5
, 30 minutes
These class visits (usually held in the library) follow the assemblies and are done in a Q & A format (allowing students and I to interact one-on-one). This is where children can get an in-depth look at one author's life and can ask what’s on their minds. 

Afternoon kindergarten visits can also be arranged (30 minutes, story reading. No Q & A).

Writing Workshops - Grades 2-5, 45-50 minutes
Recently, some schools are preferring to forego general assemblies and ask authors to work directly with students via hands-on writing workshops. This is where we roll up our sleeves, sharpen our pencils and do an actual writing project! I focus on a different kinds of writing for each grade level (stories, poetry, riddles) while discussing the writing process and elements of fiction writing.

Note: No more than 3 presentations per day (plus one additional Q & A classroom visit
or afternoon kindergarten session).

Terry speaking at Byrom Elementary School,
Tualatin, Oregon.

Sample Assembly Schedule:

  • Primary assembly (40 minutes)
  • Reset materials (10 minutes)
  • Intermediate assembly (45-50 minutes)
  • Pack up and move (15 minutes)
  • Class visit #1 (30 minutes)
  • Class visit #2 (30 minutes)
  • LUNCH BREAK (45-50 minutes)
  • Class visit #3 (30 minutes)
  • PM Kindergarten (30 minutes)
  • Autographing (end of day)


Sample Writing Workshop Schedule:

  • 3rd Grade Writing Workshop (50 minutes)
  • Reset materials (10 minutes)
  • 4th Grade Writing Workshop (50 minutes)
  • Pack up materials/break (20 minutes)
  • LUNCH BREAK (45-60 minutes)
  • 5th Grade Writing Workshop (50 minutes)
  • PM K-class presentation (30 mins.)
  • Autographing with students (end of day)
Here's What Educators are Saying...

"My students are suddenly jazzed about writing!" — Teacher, Gateway Elementary

"Terry was very personable and approachable. The students felt an immediate rapport with her." — St. Francis Elementary Staff

"The presentation was paced well with age-appropriate activities...an excellent assembly." — Teacher, Berkshire Elementary

"The best visiting author in the history of Berkshire School!"
— Teacher, Berkshire Elementary

"The teachers loved the riddle-writing. Many are going to use it in their classrooms."
— Teacher, Tompkins Elementary

Workshops for Adult Writers
Children's Writer's Workshop for Adults (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)
Writer Edie Pagliasotti getting
a laugh from
GREATEST GOOFIEST JOKES.
Photo courtesy of Dale Ross.

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
Fees for School Visits

  • $400 per day local (within Indian Wells Valley)
  • $950 per day where overnight stay is required (in California), plus expenses: transportation, lodging, meals.
  • $1200.00 per day out-of-state, plus expenses: transportation, lodging, meals.

Above fees includes either two assemblies and two post-assembly classroom visits for upper grades, OR three writing workshops plus one additional classroom visit. 
Discount available for multiple bookings within a single school district (on multiple days)
and for multiple consecutive days at a single school.

Fees for Writing Workshops for Adult Writers
$300 ($500 where overnight stay is required, plus expenses: travel, lodging, meals).

Visit the American Library Association website for suggestions on how to have a
successful author visit!

Funding Ideas  
Are you in need of ideas for funding an author visit at your school?
Consider these possibilities:

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