School Visits

School Visits

I’m now booking school visits for the 2021-2022 school year! Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I will only be booking in-person visits within Miami-Dade County, Florida; however, I will continue to offer virtual school visits regardless of location. If you’d like me to visit your classroom, either in-person or virtually, please contact me!

TEACHERS: If you’re using Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela! or Isabel and Her Colores Go to School in your classroom, I’m offering FREE 20-minute virtual Storytime/Q&A sessions, which can be conducted in English, Spanish, or Spanglish! Both books are geared for ages 4-8, grades PK-3rd. You can click on each title for more information on the book(s).

Also, check out the teacher’s guide for Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela!, which can offer useful resources for using the book in the classroom. Teacher’s guide for Isabel and Her Colores Go to School is forthcoming.

In-Person and Virtual Author Visit Options

I love talking to budding writers! As a writing professor and author who is a child of immigrants, I love speaking about my writing process, my publishing journey, and the influence my parents and culture have had on my work. I also love talking craft and inspiration!

I’m available to do talks and workshops on various topics, including: my publishing journey, the writing process, the “Where I’m From” poem, how to find inspiration, mining your culture and experiences for story ideas, creating evocative settings, imagery, revision, plot and character, and many more. See descriptions below.

While my books are geared for grades PK-3rd, I teach English composition and creative writing at the college level and can tailor many of the sessions to older students, including middle schoolers, high schoolers, and adults!

My Book Journey

This presentation focuses on one book and its journey from idea to publication. I will read from the book and share how I came up with the idea, some early drafts of the story (doodles and all!), and early cover and illustration sketches. Presentation will end with a short brainstorming exercise and a Q&A.

This presentation is geared toward younger audiences (PK-3rd), though it can be tailored for older groups as well.

The Write Process

“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” 
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. This interactive presentation focuses on writing as a process, not a one-step-and-done act. I’ll go over the brainstorming, writing, and revising steps, using visual aids to represent some of the challenges all writers face, like writers blocks and doubt, giving students tools to tackle each part of the writing process. I’ll share some of my process and my own “terrible first efforts,” along with the doodling that helps me focus when I’m thinking. We’ll finish with a short Q&A.

This presentation can be tailored for younger audiences (PK-3rd) and older ones (4th grade on up).

Demystifying Publishing

The publishing business can sometimes feel nebulous, but it doesn’t have to be. This presentation is for student writers who wish to know more about how children’s publishing works and what steps are needed to get your story published. I’ll talk about manuscript presentation for both picture books and novels, the querying process, manuscript wishlists, how to research agents and editors, acquisitions, and more! I’ll also share what happens after you get that book deal (HINT: More revision!), and I’ll answer any questions students might have about the process.

This presentation is geared more toward older students (middle school through college) though it can be tailored for a younger audience.

Finding Inspiration Creative Workshop

This workshop is perfect for smaller groups. Where do writers find their inspiration? Where do ideas come from? In this interactive workshop, students will engage in some focused free writing and creative exercises to help them brainstorm story and character ideas. Then, we’ll make up a collective story using the ideas generated in the workshop!

This workshop can be tailored for younger audiences (PK-3rd) and older ones (4th grade on up).

The Where I’m From Poetry Workshop

Calling all student poets! The “Where I’m From” poem is one of my favorites–you can see my own poem here in the Young Adult Review Network. In this workshop, perfect for smaller groups, I will guide students through the active brainstorming and writing of a Where I’m From, including crafting strong concrete, sensory imagery, and using sound elements to create rhythm. Students will have the opportunity to share their poems at the end of the workshop.

This workshop is geared for grades 4 and up.

Creating Vivid Imagery

Imagery is at the heart of writing, whether it’s poetry or fiction. In this workshop, I’ll guide students through the creation of concrete and sensory imagery. I’ll show examples of concrete and sensory imagery, and then, through a series of fun and interactive exercises, students will get to practice transforming general images into more specific ones.

This workshop is geared for grades 4 and up.

More

Have an idea for a workshop that’s not listed here or want a mashup of several of the above? Contact me! I’d love to work with you to create a session that’s perfect for you.

Fees

For the 2021-2022 school year, my fees are:

  • $200 for each in-person session (up to 75 minutes) and can include a book signing.
  • $150 for each virtual session (up to 75 minutes).