Author visit program
Author visits are suitable for ages 9 and up. With two children of my own, I am passionate about igniting that spark of enthusiasm that will help kids want to learn. My school visits are energetic, engaging and fun. Contact me via the Schools Contacts Form on the About page to arrange a visit.
I have delivered fun and engaging presentations at dozens of schools and to thousands of students...and counting.
Nobody can bring to life the words from a story quite like authors themselves. I am happy to do a reading from any of my books.
It can also be a fun exercise getting a student to perform a reading of a couple of pages. Most of my sessions involve me telling various stories and anecdotes - many of which have a strong moral to them, such as how a teacher providing feedback on an assignment is more about them showing how much they value the student than anything else. Kids are usually riveted to these stories and the teachers love them also.
No school visit is complete without at least one Q & A session, where the students are invited to ask questions about me, writing, my book or just about anything else.
This is a great opportunity for me to interact and have fun with the kids. There will be prizes for ALL participating students, and I may very well give out some special goodies during these sessions.
EVERY student that participates in the school visit will receive a special, beautifully themed bookmark, and there are many available.
On the front side of each bookmark is a piece of an image. Find the correct ten different bookmarks and join them together like a jigsaw to reveal a complete picture. This is an excellent chance for the kids to work together in a team to solve a common goal. On the reverse side of each bookmark are some details about the animals, plants, roles or characters from the books.
Additionally, I will also give away at least one free book in every session. The method I use to choose who the lucky recipient is will vary from visit to visit but a popular option is to have the kids attempt to complete any of the themed puzzles. All kids that do this correctly go into a hat and a random volunteer will choose the winner on the day.
Other fun activities I may get up to with the kids could be:
- Introduction to me, my books and how I became an author.
- Guess the magical animal name game (includes volunteers from the audience.
- Explore the different types of editing.
- Talk about how to make stories more interesting.
- Dialogue exercise (includes volunteers from the audience to read different dialogues).
- The steps involved in getting a book published.
- Discussion about constructive criticism and how to deal with it.
- Look at the seven different plot types with examples of each.
- Autographing books, bookmarks, posters, hands, bits of paper, etc.
During school visits, I can also engage the students in various writing exercises. For example, we take a simple sentence and see how we can convert it into something more interesting by asking various questions about what the sentence does or does not tell us. I also have a range of writing prompt worksheets that students can complete as an exercise.
Schools may also take advantage of a wide range of Bounce Learning Kids printable worksheets available for download from this site. Students can explore various aspects of the written word and practice their skills, as well as some fun games.
Visit the Schools Resources page to learn more.