Author visits have loads of benefits!
When I visit a school, my goals are to:
- Motivate students to read widely
- Encourage kids to write their own stories
- Provide insights into how an author works,
- Highlight the value of research (and communicate my love doing it, even when writing fiction),
Q & A
Every visit includes time for questions.
Questions allow me to form a personal bond with students, which I hope builds their enthusiasm for reading and writing. I’m often amazed by the questions students ask: how do you avoid “writer’s block”? where do ideas come from? what do you plan to write next? what should I do if I want to be a writer? One first grader baffled me by asking how I get the pictures to stay on the pages of my picture books. (I later learned that the glue the first grade was using for their stories had lost its stickum.) The question gave me a chance to talk about book illustration and publishing in first grade terms.
With over 150 published books, I can create a unique program designed to support your current curriculum needs.
COMMENTS FROM TEACHERS AND KIDS
“Having Elizabeth at our school definitely inspired our students to be young authors and love books!”
“When our student hear from an expert, it is so much better than just hearing us say the same thing.”
“It would be nice if you would come again!”
“Thank you for showing us how to write a story and for showing us how to know what a setting is.”
“Thank you for your wonderful presentation. Our reading students are very excited to read your books.”