To inquire about a visit from Lynda, please email her booking agent at LolaKar4LMH (at) gmail.com
I LOVE to visit real, live readers IN PERSON! However, if you have NOT reached out already to discuss plans for next year, I am booked for the 2016-2017 school year. I’m so sorry; I wish I could clone myself and see everyone! Thank you SO much for your interest! Wishing you a Silver Dollar Day! :-)
***Visit dates for the 2017-2018 school year will open up on May 15, 2017. Please write then and Lola and Lynda will begin building the schedule.
In-person Author Presentations:
As an experienced teacher, I love to speak with children in grades 4 and up about writing. The following program includes a humorous PowerPoint slide show. Time frame is designed for 45-60 minutes. (I will tweak time a bit depending on the schedule I am given. I am also happy to work with schools to fit their needs.)
A full day visit is a limit of 3 one-hour presentations. I am also happy to do lunch with staff and/or kids and sign books.
SCHOOL VISITS: Author Introduction & Using Real Life to Create Fiction:
Readers are connected to stories/characters by feeling emotion—not by being awash in facts. Using engaging true stories of loyalty, love, hardships, and resilience, I will illustrate how I used these experiences to create One for the Murphys and Fish in a Tree. School program includes:
- Intro to author and journey to publication (age appropriate – focuses on self-doubt and perseverance)
- Backstory for One for the Murphys
- Backstory for Fish in a Tree
- Fish in a Tree trivia
- Suggestion on how to infuse your stories with emotion
- Childhood info about my struggles with academics as well as bullying in school—with a focus on resilience and grit.
- My not-so-mainstream writing process and how marching to the beat of my own drummer has worked for me.
- Adding tension to your writing
- Character development exercises
- Q&A (if the schedule permits)
Please contact me for more information. I am happy to tailor presentations to your needs and/or curricula (including presentations for teachers and writers). All student presentations will encompass grade-level appropriate facets of The Core Standards.
Writing workshops (for kids):
I will do a writing workshop for a small group of up to 25. I would suggest to schools that they include children with a bit of stubborn passion for writing rather than just the “best” writers.
Writing workshops (for adults):
I will do programs for adult writers on topics such as finding an agent, organization for the non-linear thinker, and marketing.
Keynotes/Presentations for Teacher Groups:
Considering that FISH IN A TREE is one giant thank you note to teachers, I love speaking with them. First of all, I was a teacher for almost 10 years, so I know the experience — the frustrations and triumphs — very well. My presentation is a series of stories that shine a light upon education told while wearing three “hats”– former child, former teacher, and an author. As part of this presentation, I will discuss some ways we can reach the reluctant readers and “unreachable” child. Lastly, I will leave teachers with some poignant reminders that, of all the careers in the world, they have chosen one of the very few where they have opportunities to really make a difference. Society does not value teachers the way that it should but make no mistake…Teachers change lives. Every day.
Rates for Visit info
All school visits include bookmarks for all students and faculty who attend my presentations, some additional surprises for teachers & students, and unending enthusiasm for kids and their teachers.
Southern New England within (CT, RI, MA) Full Day Program: $1,500
Mileage reimbursement at $.50/mile
If your location is more than 60 miles drive for me, I may kindly ask for one night in a hotel. As we all know, traffic is a gamble in the morning.
Half Day Program: (Connecticut only) a one-hour programs with Q&A and bookmarks for kids: $750 (Will request to kindly be scheduled between 10:00 and 2:00 to allow for travel across state)
Outside of Southern New England Full Day Program: $1,800
If the visit is drivable (up to 250 miles) from Hartford CT, I will please ask to be reimbursed for a hotel room for whatever number of days I present plus one. Also, I will kindly ask for mileage reimbursement calculated at $.50/mile.
If the visit requires airfare, I will please ask for round trip airfare, a hotel room for the number of days I’ll visit plus one (so if I visit you for one day, that would be two nights hotel) and a rental car. I usually book these as packages through Expedia for a package discount.
I am enthusiastic about traveling country-wide. Consider surrounding schools to also book speaking engagements. This way, flight and lodging costs can be split among districts.
**My booking agent will book transportation and hotel accommodations when necessary.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for considering me as a choice for your visiting author. There are so many choices of books/authors out there–I never take your interest for granted.