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 been to roughly two dozen schools this year and will be available for school visits in 2019-2020. 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 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 and my 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 as opposed to schools where students have not read the book or are not acquainted with my work. Why? The kids are so much more excited when they’ve read the book and can get to know the author!

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.
I am available for a limited number of free 20-minute skype visits to book clubs and classes who have read NOWHERE BOY and wish to discuss it. Note that these are not presentations–participants are responsible for asking questions and leading the discussion.
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 18, Holy Trinity School, Washington, DC

October 23-25, All Pikes Peak Reads Program, Colorado Springs, CO

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.