Author James Preller has said that
authors don’t do school visits -
schools do author visits. It's a great
perspective to have, because it re-
inforces the notion that schools are
anticipating getting something out of
the visit - that an author cannot just
"show up" and expect his/her mere
presence to carry the day. If a
school or library is going to offer to
host me, I plan to make that visit as beneficial and memorable as possible.
I love chatting with elementary and middle school classes about writing:
what poetry is, how to rhyme (or not!), how to develop details in writing,
and even simply how to stimulate one’s imagination.
Depending on the grade and level of the classes, I tailor my presentations to
fit the needs of the teachers and students. Sometimes the sessions tend to
focus on questions/answers, while some are more hands-on, where we create
poetry and get into the nuts and bolts of what poetry is all about.
One day I might be sharing details of how I became a writer and voice
artist in an informational setting. The next, I’ll be discussing Common
Core Anchor Standards for Writing 3, 4 & 5 (the three most apropos, in
my opinion, for poetry): writing succinct yet detailed narratives,
developing a style of writing appropriate to the audience/subject, and
strengthening writing via revision/editing.
While I prefer to visit schools in
person – nothing beats the energy
and efficacy of live interaction – I am
also available for free, short Skype
visits of up to 20 minutes. Skype is
great for question/answer sessions
and info-gathering on the part of the
classroom, while in-person visits are
better suited for learning the craft.
Learn more at my SCBWI profile!
My rates for school visits within 50 miles are as follows:
Half-day (up to 3 presentations): $400
Full-day (up to 5 presentations): $700
(mileage expenses beyond 50 miles can be discussed upon booking)
20-minute Skype Q&A: Free, but limited availability
Due to Covid-19, in-person visits are not possible,
so the following options are still available!
- 30-minute Skype/Zoom session: $75
- 60-minute Skype/Zoom session: $100
If you have questions or would just like to connect online, please do!
Matt (at) MattForrest (dot) com
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