Crafting Successful Author & Illustrator Visits 2019

About This Event

Overview

Create and deliver an impressive school visit with our faculty by your side.

School visits are a powerful way to get your book into the hands of readers. But how do you take what you’ve written or illustrated and turn it into an attention-grabbing presentation for kids? This workshop will give you strategies for creating and delivering engaging talks, information on developing materials for teachers and students, and guidelines for developing other promotional tools.

This workshop offers a unique learning experience:

Faculty will help you develop or refine your presentation.

You will visit a school and deliver your presentation, which will be videotaped.

Afterward, faculty will review your presentation with you and give you specific feedback.

It’s not to be missed for any author or illustrator who would like to develop or refine their school presentations. School visits sell books. Join us for this hands-on workshop designed to make your school visits a success!

What You’ll Learn

This workshop offers a unique learning experience:

Faculty will help you develop or refine your presentation.

You will visit a school and deliver your presentation, which will be videotaped.

Afterward, faculty will review your presentation with you and give you specific feedback.

You will:

Learn the fundamentals of public speaking.

Prepare materials for your presentation.

Receive one-to-one feedback about your presentation.

Deliver an on-site school visit, accompanied by faculty.

Review, with faculty, video of your school visit.

Discover how to approach schools to arrange visits.

Get an overview of other marketing techniques, including social and traditional media.

The faculty talks about what to expect in this video.

Who Should Attend

This course is open to authors and illustrators of all levels.

Any author or illustrator who would like to develop or refine their school presentations.

Authors or illustrators who would like the opportunity to work closely with experienced faculty to build a presentation and then to receive specific feedback after making an actual school visits.

Debut authors or illustrators who are new to the world of school visits.

Agenda

Day 1

Arrival, check in, orientation

Appetizers & dinner

After dinner: Introductions, overview of the week, short kick-off exercise

Day 2

Connecting With Your Audience, Carmen Oliver

Writing exercises will be used by attendees to help craft their school visit program content.

Incorporating Your Book Into your Presentation & Visual Aids/PPT, Jan Cheripko

Discussion, examples, practices, of what works and what doesn’t when you weave in a reading, use supporting material, and/or a power-point in your talk.

The Business Side of School Visits & Building your Brand, Carmen Oliver

Author Visit in Action (with followup critique), Aram Kim

Create an Outline for your Presentation with Examples, Carmen, Jan, Andrea

Day 3

Review Outlines with Carmen, Jan and Andrea

Individual work time and meetings with Andrea, Carmen, and/or Jan

Optional Small-Group Peer/Faculty Reviews of 30 minute sessions

After dinner: Final touches

Day 4

School Visits!

Big Sigh of Relief and then Lunch!

School Visit Critiques

After dinner: Opportunities outside the classroom: conferences, Skype, libraries, and more with Carmen, Jan, and Andrea.

Day 5

School Visit Critiques continued

Panel Discussion, Carmen, Jan, Andrea, and Aram

Lunch & Farewells

Resources

Peter Jacobi: On Conducting Interviews

Day 4: The School Visit

Jan Cheripko–The Key to a Successful Presentation: Listen to Your Audience

Peter Jacobi: 3 Myths That Published Writers Need to Banish

Faculty Interview: Carmen Oliver

Peter Jacobi: Five simple rules to minimize the dangers of public appearances

Student Spotlight 2017: Author Visits

You can watch videos from some of the workshop’s alums here.

Testimonials

Watch video testimonials from previous attendees:

Author/illustrator Aram Kim

Author Andrea Loney

Author Julie Dao

Author Leah Henderson

“The synergy and positive energy from three faculty members were almost unbelievable.”

“Very knowledgeable instructors with lots of wisdom and experience to share. We all learned a great deal from them.”

“This truly was an essential ‘boot camp’ for debut authors!”

“The workshop was small and intimate, which kept me focused and allowed the instructors to do a deep-dive into the information.”

“Through learning, delicious meals, shared purpose we bonded as a group. I met amazing people I’d never have met otherwise.”

“The faculty’s deep belief in what they’re sharing, their knowledge, their commitment to helping us connect with kids and spread the joy of books.”

“The people that attended were so supportive and it was like we were family by the end of the week. The faculty was genuine, down to earth, caring, and humorous. I am looking forward to a time when I can come again.”


Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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