Schedule a School Visit
Below is general information about what happens on a school visit. Most schools choose a mixture of assembly and workshops. I will work with you to tailor a schedule that meets the needs of your students.
Assemblies (30 - 40 minutes)
Kick off or celebrate a Maddi's Fridge food drive with an assembly. Assemblies can be all-school or divided by grade (K-2, 3-5).
We discuss the stories that stick in our heads and why they are important to us.
Students hear the story behind Maddi's Fridge.
We talk about writing and revision.
We talk about perseverance
I read Maddi's Fridge.
We spend a few minutes talking about friendship and empty refrigerators.
Writers' Workshops (30 - 40 minutes)
The goal of the writers' workshop is to give students a positive and fun experience writing either fiction or nonfiction (their choice). We play with description a bit, so that students can see how a detailed description puts images in a reader's mind. Students choose to write a story that "stuck" in their heads or write a story to a fun prompt.
For the 2019 - 2020 school year, I charge an author visit fee of $600 per day to schools in the greater Seattle area. I reduce this fee by $200 for schools that hold a food drive before, during, or after my visit. One school that I went to combined a math lesson with the food drive. The kids counted and then cross-checked the number of items donated. That was pretty cool because then the kids had a solid number. They could tell me "Our grade donated X cans to the food bank."
The point of the food drive is to empower kids and show them that they can change the world, one small action at a time.
For schools outside of the greater Seattle area, my fee is $600 plus expenses (hotel, gas, airfare, etc.). I reduce my fee by $200 for schools that hold a food drive before, during, or after my visit.
No Fees for Title 1 Schools
Please note that I do not charge an author visit fee to elementary schools with a school-wide Title 1 program.
Free Skype Visits
If your school is holding a Maddi's Fridge food drive I would love to do a free Skype visit. Contact me to see if I have availability on my schedule.
Book pre-sales are available through Flashlight Press or a local independent bookstore. Each child who purchases a copy receives a personalized autograph.