Author Visits and Events

I’m now booking school visits for the 2020-2021 school year, in conjunction with the release of my debut picture book Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela! on October 1, 2020. If you’d like to request a session outside of that time, feel free to to contact me and we can try to work something out.

As a writing instructor 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 journey from concept to publication, 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. Once my book is published, I’m also available for read-alongs with Q&A.

In-Person Visits

Fee for in-person* author visits is as follows:

Half-day sessions, consisting of up to two presentations, no more than an hour each.
Within 40 miles of Miami, FL: $300
Outside of 40 miles: $500 plus travel, including accommodations as needed.

Full day sessions, consisting of up to three presentations, no more than an hour each.
Within 40 miles of Miami, FL: $550
Outside of 40 miles: $950 plus add travel, including accommodations as needed.

Suggested audience: The target audience for Felíz New Year, Ava Gabriela! is PreK – 3rd grade, but depending on the topic, I can tailor workshops and presentations for middle school students, high school students, and adults.

If you are a teacher, librarian, or book seller and would like to schedule me for a visit, feel free to contact me! If the above isn’t in your budget but you would still like me to come to your classroom, message me. We can try to work something out.

*Note: Given the current restrictions, I can tailor most of the above to a virtual format for a reduced price. Contact me for more information.

Skype Visits

Fee for Skype visits: $50

In addition to in-person school visits, I also offer short Skype sessions! These are great opportunities for book clubs, author Q&A, and classroom enrichment. For a more personalized experience, Skype visits are great for individual classrooms, no more than 40 students. Ideally, students will have already read the book to enhance the experience.

Skype visits are generally 30 minutes long and consist of both a 15-minute talk and a 15-minute Q&A.

Suggested audience: The target audience for Felíz New Year, Ava Gabriela! is PreK – 3rd grade. However, these Skype visits can be tailored to older audiences, focusing on the publication journey or the writing process.

If you are a teacher or librarian and would like to schedule me for a visit, feel free to contact me!

Events

In addition to school visits, I’m also available for speaking engagements, conferences, and workshops. If you’d like me to speak at your conference or lead a workshop, contact me!

Upcoming Appearances

November 19-22, 2020
2020 NCTE Annual Convention

Affirming Identities and Building Empathy through MG and PB Latinx Literature
Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.​​​​​​​

Songs of Our Students: Picture Books That Celebrate the Diversity in Our Nation
Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Songs of Ourselves: First-Generation Writers on the Search for Home
Saturday, November 21, 2020 | 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

The Writer in the Composition Classroom
Saturday, November 21, 2020 | 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Past Appearances

Nerd Camp PA
July 16, 2020
Language and Culture in Kidlit – 9:30 a.m. (EST)
Empowering Students of All Ages and Backgrounds with Diverse Books – 10:30 a.m. (EST)

OwnVoices Brainstorming: Mining Cultural Heritage & Memories for Story
Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Part of Las Musas Webinar Series

Where I’m From: A Generative Writing Workshop CANCELLED DUE TO COVID19
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
2020 MFLA (Music, Film, Literature, & Arts) Festival
Location: Broward College South Campus

Reimagining Home: Latinx Children’s Authors on Writing
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
2020 MFLA (Music, Film, Literature, & Arts) Festival
Location: Broward College South Campus