Author Visits and Events

Author Visits

I’m now booking school visits for the 2020-2021 school year, in conjunction with the release of my debut picture book Felíz 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 and possible signing.

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 four 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!

Skype Visits

Fee for Skype visits: $50

In addition to in-person school visits, I also offer 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 1-2 classrooms max, no more than 50 students. Ideally, students will have already read the book to enhance the experience.

Skype visits are generally about 30-45 minutes long and consist of both a talk and a Q&A with the author.

Suggested audience: The target audience for Felíz New Year, Ava Gabriela! is PreK – 3rd grade.

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

Upcoming Appearances

November 19-22, 2020
2020 NCTE Annual Convention
Location: Denver, CO

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.