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 2020-2021 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 up to three presentations, as well as book signing and lunch with students. I do not do half-day visits.

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 the Holocaust, and my family’s experience living in Belgium–as well as heroism/ compassion and 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

2020-2021 Events Calendar To Come!