As a writer and illustrator, I am available to speak to both writing and visual arts groups. I also LOVE to speak to librarians and teachers about using picture books to teach storytelling. Please email me to discuss honoraria and travel expenses.

 Possible topics include:

How to write a character-driven picture book 

Getting published as a picture book writer or illustrator

Using picture books to teach story structure

Creating believable characters

Plotting a picture book

Switching from fine art to illustration

 

Writing Conferences, Libraries and other groups

 

School Visits

Now booking for the 2020-21 school year!



I love sharing my passion for children’s books and meeting with public, private, and homeschool groups. Fee includes one school assembly (up to one hour) and one writing workshop (one hour) per day. Additional sessions can be added for an extra fee.
 

My assembly presentation is titled “Puzzled by Picture Books”. It focuses on my personal journey in becoming

published children’s author/illustrator. I love to show everything in the process from my chicken-scratch writing 

notebooks to preliminary book sketches (and redos...LOTS and LOTS of redos!!).

 

My writing workshop is called “Writing Picture Books”. As a group, we learn how to create interesting characters, how to develop conflict, and how to develop plot for a story--and as a group, we create our very own story!. In additional sessions, I can work with the students to develop artwork and explain how to put illustrations together into their own books.

 

For younger children, my presentation is more about having a fun, engaging storytime and reading my books (as well as a video featuring my artistically talented dog Jake). I also show some images from my studio and works-in-progress.

 

Author’s honorarium: $500 per day plus travel expenses (flight and lodging). For visits within driving distance, the travel expense will be mileage calculated at the IRS standard rate (58 cents per mile as of 1-1-19). If the driving distance is over two hours, overnight lodging may be required.

 Mississippi events: 10% discount

 Pre-event sales of PUZZLED BY PINK, PAINT ME!, or DRESS ME! can be arranged through a local bookstore or directly from the publisher. Books are available from Ingram.