Author Visits

StadiumDrive

I can come to your school! In fact, I’d love to! Now that Could You Hug a Cactus? is out and in so many happy hands, I would love to come share the book with you and your school.

“I definitely appreciated the parts about creativity, imagination and also the writing process steps you take. I loved the team work piece. I totally enjoyed how you responded to students. You were so genuine and kind and interested in their ideas. The autograph sessions were fabulous!”

• Ms. Fornwall, Stadium Drive Elementary

My slideshow presentation can be geared for both younger (K-2) and older (3-5) elementary school students and will cover the following:

K-2 Presentation3-5 Presentation
  • Poetry reading and discussion of meaning and characters
  • What it means to call yourself a “poet” – we define ourselves!
  • How to bounce back from failure
  • The importance of teamwork to accomplish big things!
  • The value in sharing our own perspective on the world
  • The steps I take to create a poem (idea, brainstorm, write it rough, rhythm & rhyme)
  • Q&A
  • Book Signing – I like to sign the books in person for the kids when time allows
  • Poetry reading and discussion of poem structure and choices
  • What it means to call yourself a “poet” – we define ourselves!
  • How to bounce back from failure
  • The importance of teamwork to accomplish big things!
  • The steps of creating a book
  • The value in sharing our own perspective on the world
  • The steps I take to create a poem (8-step process)
  • Three “secret tricks” – habits and processes that are super important to me as a writer
  • Q&A
  • Book Signing – I like to sign the books in person for the kids when time allows

 

“His demeanor with the little kids was great. I teach K, and he really did well with them. It is so nice when a man is able to speak, and interact so well with young children. It allows for a great male role model.”

• Ms. Thorpe, Orion Oaks Elementary School

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If you’re a fan of our book and you’d like to have me come visit your school to do a reading and presentation, please feel free to reach out to me here. 

Am I Already Coming To Your School?

If I’m scheduled to come to your school, and you’d like to order a book to have signed during the event, you can place the order here.

Teacher Feedback

If I’ve already come to your school, I’d love to know what you thought about the presentation! Leave your feedback here.

Classroom Downloads

I have received a number of requests from teachers for downloadable copies of some of my poems for display in the classroom. You can find some poems available for download here!