School Visits

I love meeting students and discussing my books. I have experience as a secondary school English and writing teacher, as well as a professional editor and magazine writer. My books are also great read aloud and teaching tools. Check out the educator’s page for teacher’s guides.

I have presented at elementary, middle and high schools across the country. If you are interested, please read the following guidelines before contacting me:

Rates for the 2019 school year:

  • $1250/ day plus travel and lodging expenses for out of town schools.
  • $1000/ day for local schools.

These rates cover a full-day visit with one larger presentation and up to 2 small group sessions or 3 small group sessions, as well as book signing and lunch with students.

My current presentation on NOWHERE BOY is tailored for 5th through 10th grades (it’s a particularly nice complement to the 8th grade common core refugee unit). I will discuss the real history and events that inspired the book–including the Refugee Crisis, World War II, and my family’s experience living in Belgium–as well as the writing process.

I have a preference for visiting schools where students have read or are currently reading Nowhere Boy. Why? The kids are so much more excited when they are acquainted with the book! For out of town schools, I give discounts to a limited number of Title 1 schools. I also give priority and a free signed book to out-of-town schools that partner with Title 1 local schools for a visit.

Based on availability, I give free 20-minute skype visits to classes and bookclubs who have read or are reading NOWHERE BOY and wish to discuss it. Note that these are not presentations–participants are responsible for asking questions and leading the discussion. But I am happy to discuss any aspect of the book or my writing.

Local book clubs in the Washington, DC area can contact me about in-person visits.

Conference and other speaking rates vary. Please contact me directly for details.

Events Calendar 2019

2019 Events Calendar

March 10 Girls Book Club, Chevy Chase, MD

March 17 Girls Book Club, Silver Spring, MD

April 8 Author Day at Norwood School, Bethesda, MD

April 11, 12-2pm  “Stories Behind the Story”: Children’s Book Guild Luncheon Lecture with Francisco X. Stork. Washington, DC

May 18, Gaithersburg Book Festival, featured author

July 20, 4-6 pm, Writing Seminar for Teens at The American Library Paris, open to writers ages 12-18, Paris, France

October 23-25, All Pikes Peak Reads Program, Colorado Springs, CO (city-wide library program with 6 school presentations, 1 high school presentation and 1 public event)

November 22-23, National Council of Teachers of English, Annual Conference, Baltimore Maryland

–Creating a Welcoming Classroom with Immigration Literature
Friday, November 22, 2019 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

–Redefining the Boy Hero: Empowering Sensitive Boys and Bucking Gender Stereotypes Through Middle Grade Fiction
Friday, November 22, 2019 12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

–From Curiosity to Civic Engagement: Using Literature to Create Social Comprehension and Changemakers
Saturday, November 23, 2019 4:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.