I am a former grade four teacher, National Board Certified Teacher, curriculum developer, and adjunct professor. I have years of experience working with kids through adults. As a teacher, I developed and executed multi-grade projects with colleagues. In one project, students in grade 4, 6, and 12 worked together to write their own myths which were performed in a reader’s theater and published in a book for students and their families. In another, students in grade 4, 6, and 12 worked together to create a field guide to a local sea-side park.  I am highly skilled at working with students of all ages and will adjust my programs to meet the specific needs of your school or library.

Research and Revision, for groups of up to 125 students

(Many standards will be touched on during this program, but the primary focus will be CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.8)

Writing an interesting and compelling non-fiction book requires deep research by the author. Oftentimes, the direction you thought your book would take changes based on the information you uncover. In this interactive program, I share real-life examples of how Flying Deep was shaped by my research and connect my work as a non-fiction author to the work students do. I share drafts of my work at various stages to demonstrate how important revision is to my process. Through the use of photographs and exciting props, I also bring students on a journey of discovery about Alvin and hydrothermal vent communities.

Grades 3-5: 45-60 minutes, with time for Q and A.

Grades K-2: 30-45 minutes, with time for Q and A. (This version of the workshop places more emphasis on props and how I come up with ideas).

Grades 6 and Up: 45-60 minutes, with time for Q and A. Flying Deep is a book targeted to students ages 5-9, but my presentation is relevant for much older students, as well. Presentations for students in middle school and high school are tailored to focus on the hard work of properly researching and revising a piece of writing to make it sing. I also include practical tips that students can use in their own writing projects.

Revision Workshop, best for small groups (no more than 50)

(Many standards will be touched on in this workshop, but the primary focus will be CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.5)

Grades 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12 (please group students by these grades, if not all one grade)

Many people think authors are so gifted that they write the perfect first draft of a story. Not true! The real work of writing happens once you start revising. In this hands-on workshop, I share real-world examples of my revision process and guide students as they work to make their writing stronger through revision. Students should come prepared with a double-spaced draft of a piece of writing, a clip-board or something to lean on (If not at a desk or table), and a pen or pencil. The workshop moves between examples from my work and students trying out strategies I demonstrate.


Whole day, within 50 miles of Rochester, MA : $900.00*

For schools more than 50 miles from Rochester, MA a moderate flat fee (to be discussed) will be added for mileage, meals, and lodging.

A basic school visit includes three presentations per day, lunch with kids, and a book signing. Discounts are available for multi-day visits.

Taking and posting still photos is fine, but please do not make or post video recordings of presentations.