Author / Illustrator School Visits

I love visiting schools! I’ve been an educator for over sixteen years, and have taught art, English and creative writing to students of all ages – from early elementary all the way to students in graduate school. My presentations are lively, interactive, and inclusive, so that even the quietest, shyest students have fun chiming in with their ideas.

Presentations can be tailored to focus more heavily on either writing or illustrating, depending on your school’s preference. Or, we can talk about both! I’m happy to adapt presentations to the needs of your curriculum.

All presentations are adjusted for grade level and group size as well. They run between 45-60 minutes long, and I always allow time for Q&A.


Let’s Talk About Writing!

Where do ideas come from? What does it mean to trust those ideas? How do people become writers? Where do books come from? How do authors deal with the three R’s – rejection, rallying, and revision? What’s it like to be both an author and an illustrator? What was it like to grow up as a day-dreamy kid in a multiethnic family? Curriculum tie-ins include: thinking critically about language, story structure, and character motivation, as well as the importance of diverse representation.

Let’s Talk About Illustrating!

What does it look like for an illustration to go all the way from sketch to finished painting? What’s it like to illustrate a whole book? What kind of models/photos do you use for research? Can anyone be an artist? How long does it take to get a picture just right? The illustration portion of the presentation also includes some fun, interactive storyboarding.

Students learn to tell a story using both words and pictures, as they help me create a character with a story of their own. After creating our character, we come up with challenges for this character to face, and ways the character might go about solving them. These storyboards always turn out funny, smart, and super creative. Teachers love this because students learn about story structure, character motivation, visual scene construction, and the interplay of text and pictures. Students like it because they get to make up a character and story! I’ve been lucky enough to have students share hundreds of their stories with me, once they realize how easy it is.

Curriculum tie-ins include: thinking critically about story structure and the physical environment, character motivation, and diverse representation.

Virtual Visits

I also offer author/illustrator visits via Zoom, Google Meet, or any other online platform. The above presentations work well in an online format, as do presentations that are more conversational and allow kids to ask questions. Virtual art and writing workshops are available as well. Workshop length can be flexible, depending on number of students, workshop format, and organizer preference.


Please contact me for rates. Fees depend on many factors, including number of presentations, location, length of stay, and whether I’ll be traveling to your school.