In a few hours I’m doing a school visit to a middle school. I’m doing one presentation for 7th graders and one for 8th graders. These presentations are for students who signed up to attend because they are interested in hearing an author speak.
Then I am doing a meeting/presentation with the school’s young writers group—a group of 8 students who voluntarily meet twice a week for a writers workshop with one of the school librarians. They have each sent me a sample of their writing, which I’ve read and responded to.
I think it is pretty cool that this school, Tanana Middle School, values writing and stories enough to make part of a visiting author's time meeting with a small group of writers.
At my own school I’m keeping it pretty low-key, i.e. not using my job to promote my book. I’m quietly making the rounds and doing short presentations for teachers who ask and am doing that on my own time.
The Intermediate Resource Teacher is using Surviving Bear Island with a group of five fifth graders. I started them off by giving a short presentation and then reading them the first chapter and now they each have a copy of the book and are reading it as a group.
A third grade classroom was doing a book-making project and I visited them and we talked about what is involved in publishing a book.
What type of author visits either from a student, teacher, or author perspective have you experienced? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.
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