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The wonder of insects. The excitement of lucha libre. Spidergoats. And what it means to put your heart into your story (by revising, revising, and more revising!) All these topics are covered in my school presentations. If you want to get your students excited about both nonfiction and fiction, and better prepare them to write stories of their own, then let's schedule a visit for your school!

If you'd like to set up a Skype visit instead of an in-person event, click here!

Presentations

Picture Books: Mustache Baby and More (Kindergarten-Grade 5) 45-50 Minutes

Students will learn how picture books like MUSTACHE BABY are made, hear stranger-than-fiction facts from my non-fiction books, including I, FLY: THE BUZZ ABOUT FLIES AND HOW AWESOME THEY ARE and STRONGER THAN STEEL: SPIDER SILK DNA AND THE QUEST FOR BETTER BULLETPROOF VESTS, SUTURES, AND PARACHUTE ROPE. Students will also be encouraged to see the stories in their own lives, and to put their hearts into their writing through the hard work of revising. Finally, we'll read MUSTACHE BABY, adding fan-stache-stic sound effects! Students will leave inspired to read and write - both fiction and non-fiction!

 

Nonfiction: Stronger than Steel and Stranger than Fiction (Grades 4-8) 45-50 Minutes

Ants falling from the edge of outer space without getting hurt. Goats infected with spider DNA so that they can produce spider silk. Old murder cases solved by modern forensic science. And birds that paint and decorate their homes. All these stranger than fiction subjects will be covered in this presentation. In the process, students will learn how a nonfiction book is made, including the research involved. Books covered include I, FLY: THE BUZZ ABOUT FLIES AND HOW AWESOME THEY ARE; STRONGER THAN STEEL: SPIDER SILK DNA AND THE QUEST FOR BETTER BULLETPROOF VESTS, SUTURES, AND PARACHUTE ROPE; BLOOD, BULLETS, AND BONES: THE STORY OF FORENSIC SCIENCE FROM SHERLOCK HOLMES TO DNA (2016), BIRDS: JUST LIKE US, and ANTS: JUST LIKE US (2017). If you want to get students excited about reading and writing nonfiction, this is the presentation for you!


Amazing Animals (Grades 1-8) 45 to 50 Minutes

Did you know that ants farm? Or that birds decorate their homes? Even plants, in their way, do strangely human things, such as wearing disguises and engaging in warfare. In this presentation, based on Bridget's Shell, Beak, Tusk, and the Animals: Just Like Us! series, students will learn about some of the world's strangest adaptations. They'll also learn about nonfiction writing in general-from researching reliable sources to organizing the story and telling it compellingly. Kids will get excited about writing informative texts of their own!



Murder, She Wrote (Grades 5-12)  45-50 Minutes

CSI and other mystery shows have brought forensic science to the forefront of teens' imaginations. But did you know that it actually dates back to Ancient China? Or that the first modern-day forensic scientist was the fictional Sherlock Holmes? Would you believe that in 1922 in New York, poison killed more people than gunshot wounds, stabbings, and car accidents combined, a scourge that was finally brought to an end by the newly formed New York Medical Examiner's Office? In this presentation, students will learn about the research and writing that went into Bridget's new book BLOOD, BULLETS, AND BONES: THE STORY OF FORENSIC SCIENCE FROM SHERLOCK HOLMES TO DNA

Writers Workshop: Picture Books (Grade 2-Adult)  1-2 Hour Program

Students will study mentor texts and then write a picture book based on a memory. They will start by brainstorming. Then they will use the 32 pages (or less for younger students,) to elaborate on the memory. The picture book format is great for drawing out vivid details and slowing down the story to get to the heart of things. This activity is fun for family literacy nights, therapeutic groups, and schools alike. 

Writers Workshop: YA Novel (Grades 5-12)   3-Hour or Full-Day Program 

Teen writers will choose a prompt from a variety of genres, and then go through the process of character examination, world building (even if it is a realistic world,) choosing a starting point, writing a draft of the first chapter, peer review, revising the chapter, proofreading the chapter, and then "publishing" it with an artistic cover and informative summary. This workshop gives students the chance to write in a medium that is familiar, relatable, and fun. I've had students walk away from the workshop determined to finish the novel over the Summer! 

Pricing

Option One:

$500 per presentation, including travel. At least four presentations must be booked each day, except for the last day, which can have fewer than that. This option allows multiple schools to know the all-inclusive price from the beginning. Each presentation can be at a different school or library, as long as the drive time is feasible.

Option Two:

$1,000 for a full day within 1.5 hours of Kansas City. 

$1,200 for a full day outside of Kansas City. Additional travel expenses will apply.

A full day typically includes 4 presentations and time for signing books. However, you may add any other activities that fit into the school day, such as an additional presentation, breakfast or lunch with students, story time for preschoolers, classroom visits to see student writing projects, a book signing party, or whatever will add to the students' experience!

Schools can share a day, if they are within close driving distance. In that case, there can be 4 presentations total, and additional activities as time allows.

Buying Books

Many schools allow students and teachers to preorder books, which I then sign on the day of the visit. Book orders can be handled through a local bookstore or Barnes & Noble. Books may also be purchased directly from the publishers at a discount. I am happy to sign books that are brought from home, too. If you need help creating an order form, please let me know. 

Library Visits, Literacy Nights, and More 


Hour-long library visits and literary nights are $500 and include a brief slideshow, craft, and game. The theme can be MUSTACHE BABY, QUEEN DOG, FAIRY'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, STEGOTHESAURUS, AMAZING ANIMALS, WHO WANTS TO BE A PRINCESS? or a combination.

For teens, an hour-long BLOOD, BULLETS, AND BONES workshop is available. 

A 2-hour long Writer's Workshop: YA Novel (for teens) is $750. (Please see the description above.)

A 2-hour long Writer's Workshop: Picture Books (for kids, families, or therapeutic groups) is $750. (Please see the description above.)

Outside the Kansas City area, travel expenses will apply.

For more information, please contact me at authorbheos@gmail.com

Hope to see you soon!