Virtual Author Visits

Kate will be offering both full-day virtual visits and individual presentations for the 2020-2021 school year, along with live webinars. To request a virtual visit, read the information below and then email via the contact form on Kate’s home page to submit your request.

Virtual Author Visits – Full Presentation Plus Q & A 

Cost: $500
Available dates: Flexible – Please send an email via Kate’s contact form for more information.

These private, just-for-your-classroom virtual presentations are similar to in-person author visits and writing workshops. They’re 45-50 minute sessions that begin with a 20-25 minute presentation on the writing process, using selected books as focus titles and discussing writer’s notebooks, brainstorming, outlining and planning, research, drafting, revision, and the publishing process. Sessions wrap up with 20-25 minutes of Q and A with students.

Kate’s virtual visits are designed to be developmentally appropriate for different age groups. Her interactive K-1 sessions focus on brainstorming ideas for stories and keeping a notebook, as well as nature and STEM concepts in her picture books. Kate’s sessions for grades 2-3 focus on the high-interest science and history research she does for her picture books and chapter books as well as the writing process in action. Sessions for grades 4-5 focus on research, organizing ideas, drafting, and especially revision in the writing process for Kate’s picture books, chapter books, novels, and works of nonfiction, and sessions for grades 6-12 are similar, with even more in-depth looks at the research and writing process.

These sessions are available to all schools and home-school groups. Students and staff have the option to order personalized, signed books through Kate’s local independent bookstore; she’ll provide order forms.

Virtual Writing Workshops

Cost: $500
Available dates: Flexible – Please send an email via Kate’s contact form for more information.

These private, just-for-your-classroom 45-60 minute Skype or Zoom writing workshops begin with a quick presentation on Kate’s writing process and progress to hands-on student writing. Kate offers the following sessions as virtual writing workshops:

  • Over and Under: Observing and Writing about Nature: Kate will share the research and writing process behind her popular science-themed picture books Over and Under the Snow, Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, Over and Under the Pond, and Over and Under the Rainforest and will invite readers to start their own nature observation notebooks. Best for grades 1-6.
  • Time Traveling With Ranger: Researching and Writing History – Kate will share her research for the Ranger in Time books and get readers started with a historical research & writing project of their own. Best for ages 8-12.
  • Story Starters – This general story-elements brainstorming workshop is designed to get kids started writing their own stories. Recommended for grades 3 and up.
  • Writing with a Zoom Lens – This personal narrative writing workshop walks writers through choosing topics for personal narratives, writing a great opening paragraph, using strong verbs and vivid language, and dialogue. Recommended for grades 3 and up.
  • It’s a Mystery! – This mystery-writing workshop looks at elements of a great mystery and walks writers through the process of brainstorming and organizing their own mysteries. Recommended for grades 4 and up.
  • Fairy Tale Retellings – This workshop walks writers through the process of reimagining a classic fairy tale and beginning their own retellings. Recommended for grades 4 and up.
  • Writing the Future – This workshop engages writers in the process of brainstorming and world-building for writing their own works of futuristic fiction. Recommended for grades 5 and up.
  • Revision Workshop – This workshop is designed for writers who have a completed draft of a personal narrative or short story. Kate will discuss her own revision process, share tips, and lead writers through several revision activities with their own drafts. Recommended for grades 3 and up.

Zoom Q and A Sessions

In the past, Kate has offered a very limited number of free virtual Q&A sessions with individual classrooms each season. This year, to accommodate more requests, she’s offering low-cost Zoom Q&A sessions that are available to everyone, no matter where they’re learning this fall. A small registration fee helps pay for webinar hosting, tech support, and ASL interpreting.

The webinar will be recorded, and a video replay will be made available for those who cannot attend live.

This webinar is designed for readers learning with their teachers at school and for those learning with caregivers at home. (An adult must register for the webinar.)

October 1 – 1:30-2:15pm EST – Register here

Praise for Kate’s Virtual Author Visits…

One of the best things about technology is the way it brings people together, even when they’re far away. Each year, I meet thousands of kids in their classrooms via Skype, to talk about books, research, and the writing process. I’ve Skyped and Zoomed with hundreds of classrooms around the world. Some of them have blogged about their experiences to share what my virtual visits are all about:

PES Library in Maine
Mrs. Sarchet’s Grade One Class
Maria Selke’s Fifth Grade
Laurie Morrison’s Seventh Grade
Curtis Elementary Morning Book Club

2 Replies on “Virtual Author Visits

  1. First of all I would like to say superb blog! I had a quick
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    I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing.

    I’ve had a tough time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out.
    I do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like
    the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be lost just trying
    to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or
    tips? Appreciate it!