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 teaching tools. Check out the educator’s page for teacher’s guides.

I have been to over a dozen schools this year and will be available for a limited number of school visits in 2019. If you are interested, please read the following guidelines before contacting me:

The most successful author visits are ones where students have read the book. The kids get so much more out of a visit when they’re familiar with the book and excited to meet the author. Therefore, I strongly request that the students I’ll be speaking with have read one of my books, preferably my most recent, before I visit.

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 presentation is tailored for 5th through 8th 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 Europe at its peak–as well as the writing process.

In the spring of 2019, I am doing a special limited program in the Washington DC area . I will drop my fee to $300 if a school buys 50 copies of NOWHERE BOY for students at a Title 1 elementary or middle school. I will then offer this second school a free author visit.

I can help connect schools or the “donor” school can partner with a school of its choice. The school can donate the money for books directly from its funds or it can involve students by having them donate at holiday time or fundraise for the good cause of sharing an author with a school that might not be able to afford the books or author’s fee. This is a way to teach the themes of generosity and kindness so important to NOWHERE BOY through real-life community modelling.
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.

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

Events Calendar 2018

Thanks to the schools, festivals and organisations such as Symphony Space who made my 2018 tour such a success!

2019 events to come.