Visits/Events

We love visiting classrooms, scout troops, book clubs, and libraries, and working with young readers and writers.

Of course, we love visiting in person but virtual visits—with Zoom or Skype—can be wonderful, too. In fact, in 2020 so far, we’ve “visited” over 70 schools and spoken to thousands of children, from India to Indiana- all for free.

Free Zoom or Skype with your class, troop or group

All Ages – (FREE! 20-30 minute visit with Debbie or Tami)

Bring STEM to your troop or classroom with Tami or Debbie, PERKIN’S PURPLE and INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED! We’ll share William Perkin, Betty, Jean and Kay’s true stories, our inspiration and some fun and simple science and coding games your kids will love to do at home or in the classroom.

Longer Visits

The Thrill Of The Chase

Grades 2-5 (1 hour) 

Research isn’t just educational. It’s a thrill uncovering clues and learning the true story.

Debbie or Tami will share our journey researching the lives of Betty, Jean and Kay and William Perkin- from the Smithsonian archives to snail beds in Ancient Tyre- as we create our picture book biographies!

This presentation can be expanded to a wonderful full day biography/women’s history/STEM project. Students examine primary sources, conduct mock interviews, prepare an outline, learn simple computer coding, practice the scientific method and/or write a short biography.


Chase Your Dreams

For Teens and Adults (1 hour)

You’ve always dreamed of writing for children but how do you get started? There are free resources and insider advantages to jumpstart your career as a children’s writer. Debbie or Tami will lead you on a lively tour of what’s available on line, where to find a critique group, how to submit a manuscript to agents and editors, and how to cope with rejection- and success!


How Do You Know When It’s Ready To Go?

For Teens and Adults (45 Minutes)

Nearly everyone has a great idea for a children’s book but that doesn’t mean everyone can produce a polished manuscript and make a sale. Avoid novice mistakes and put your best foot forward by following our tips for developing manuscripts that are too good to be ignored.


Design Your Own Program

Is there a topic you’d like us to speak about? Just ask and we can design a program to suit your audience.


Contact us now to schedule your slot.

Details

Free! 20 minutes Skype visits

We charge a fee for live presentations and 45 minute Skype and Zoom visits, however we offer a sliding scale based on need, so don’t be afraid to ask!

If you’re booking a live visit and you’re located outside the Austin TX, Washington DC or Burlington VT area we must charge travel expenses—but we’re on the road all the time. Ask if you can combine your event with others to lower the cost.

Every student who participates in Zoom, Skype or live visits will receive a free bookmark. If you wish we can arrange discounted book sales and I’ll sign and personalize books.

Events

VIRTUAL AUSTIN SCBWI CONFERENCE

May 2, 2020

SIGNATURES AUTHOR SERIES @ The John Cooper School

Visiting Author
December 6, 2019

TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL PANEL

October 26th-27th, 2019   

EVENT at LARK AND OWL BOOKSTORE

October 9, 2019  WEDNESDAY at 7:00pm

EVENT at LONGHORN VILLAGE

October 9, 2019  WEDNESDAY at 4:00pm

BOOKLAUNCH at BOOKPEOPLE

October 8, 2019  TUESDAY at 6:30pm