School and Library Visits
As an author and illustrator I offer students a real-life look at what it means to give life to ideas through words and pictures. My goal is to leave them fired up to do the same and to give them the tools and inspiration they'll need to carry them forward.
In this highly interactive presentation, I give a behind the scenes look into my story laboratory and the science behind creating a book all while incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! Your students will never look at writing and art the same.
Cooking up a Story
In this talk I share the recipe for developing a story through illustration. The audience actively participates in selecting the ingredients that I then use to sketch out a tasty and satisfying tale. Story structure and characterization are all part of the mix. This is a fun and interactive presentation that is sure to get those creative juices bubbling.
TEN MILES to Visual Literacy
Words tell only half the story in a picture book. In this talk I share the many research tools I use for writing and illustrating non-fiction plus offer strategies for students and teachers alike on visual decoding. Hear the detective story behind the research for TEN MILE DAY and the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad.
Creativity Takes Time Workshop
A one hour presentation that walks the audience through the process of creating a picture book. This is followed by a character development exercise sure to leave them hungry to start crafting their own. But not yet! Through a hands-on demonstration they will experience why creativity takes time.
What People Are Saying
"Thank you for the ‘high-energy level’ talks. Our students were very excited to see you work. I’ve requested a repeat visit!"
"We certainly have a clearer picture of the process involved in publishing a children’s book. Your illustrations are wonderful!"
"We have had a number of guests throughout the years, but I feel that your presentation was most valuable in encouraging our young authors and artists."
"Your presentation was great! Very useful and with a different
perspective. It's nice hearing from the real world....(Your presentation) reminded me of all I should present to students to make reading for understanding happen.
Press Kit -Includes head shots,
book images, and bios
CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, AND KEYNOTES
Looking for a keynote or workshop presenter? Someone to conduct an all day intensive for authors or artists? Consider giving me a call. I have spoken for numerous SCBWI functions, reading and library associations, and conferences. A sample of topics include :