Author Visits for Schools, Organizations & Conferences
I am available to speak in the Greater Omaha area and surrounding region. I offer a number of 30-45 minute presentations. Please contact me to discuss your specific needs and for pricing information.
For Elementary Schools/Public Libraries:
WHAT A ZOO!
The Story Behind ANIMAL ANDY
During this fun interactive discussion, kids will discover how The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo was the inspiration for ANIMAL ANDY. Kids will learn about some of the zoo’s real animals and how the funny stories told by zoo keepers became important parts of the book. Using book excerpts, the kids will be able to recognize descriptions of the zoo and share their own favorite zoo experiences.
THE BOOK COOK
Recipe for Making a Spectacular Story
During this fun, interactive workshop, kids will discover the secret recipe for writing a story. They will learn about the essential ingredients (characters, setting, plot, etc.); how to blend them together, and even have the opportunity to make their own and take it home to enjoy!
A SENSE OF FICTION
How to Write Using Your 5 Senses
During this fun, interactive workshop, kids will learn how to write using their five senses: touch, taste, sight, sound, and smell. They will read different examples and be able to practice writing their own short scene with vivid descriptions that will appeal to all the senses.
For Churches/Organizations/Book Clubs:
FROM BABIES TO BOOKWORMS
How to Foster a Love of Reading in Children
During this informative, interactive discussion, attendees will learn the importance of providing reading content to children in ALL forms—print, digital, and audio—and discover the necessary set of “tools” every parent/grandparent needs to help encourage and establish good reading habits in children that will last a lifetime.
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED
A Writer’s Journey to Becoming an Author
During this informative discussion, attendees will learn about the book writing process, including drafting a book, putting it through a critique group, revising, publishing options, working with editors and cover artists, and finally selling and promoting the finished work. They will have a better understanding of the ever-changing world of book publishing.
For Writing Conferences:
THE HAPPY MEDIUM
Independent Publishers: the Best of Both Worlds
During this informative presentation, writers will learn about the alternative to traditional and self-publishing—independent publishing. They will discover who these players are, be guided through the process from beginning to end, hear the pros and cons, and walk away with a clear understanding of this viable publishing option.
Building Your Visiting Author Business
During this informative presentation, authors will learn the importance of adding speaking engagements to their list of talents. They will be given examples of ways to begin and places to target as well as ideas for workshops and presentations.