Me: I have written more than two dozen
nonfiction books for young readers, including
biographies of musicians Justin Bieber, Pink and Akon;
actors Jennette McCurdy and Corbin Bleu; fashion
designer Marc Jacobs; and sports stars Sue Bird, David
Wright and Tim Lincecum.
Because my subjects are some of the very same people
your students admire, I’ve had great success capturing
the interest and attention of young readers.
In addition to writing books, I’ve been published in
more than 100 regional and national magazines. I also
teach creative writing as an adjunct artist at the
School of the Arts, a public arts-based high school in
Presentations: I love to visit schools, where
I’m able to share my enthusiasm for writing, research,
reading and creative thinking. Humor is an important
part of my
presentations and I find that many reluctant readers and
writers respond well to humor that both challenges and
My interactive presentations are generally geared for K
through fifth grades.
I can work with small or large audiences – in small
workshops or assembly settings.
I always tailor my programs to fit your specific needs.
My most popular presentation is designed to help
students understand the power of words. Through words,
we’re able to relive history, travel to exotic lands,
and meet fascinating people, both real and fictional. I
challenge student writers to use their word powers
thoughtfully and skillfully. Some other possible
• Four Things All Writers
Must Do: Read, Research, Write, Revise
• Developing Story Ideas / Brainstorming
• How to Become a Writer / How to Create a Book
• NEVER GIVE UP! The Importance of Revision and the
Agony of Rejection
• Using Real Life to Inspire Fiction
• Small Group Writing Workshops
• For Teachers: 12 Sure-Fire Ways to Spice Up Your
Honorarium: For schools within a 90-minute
drive of Tacoma, Washington, the fee for a single
presentation is $250, or $650 for a full day including
up to four presentations.
Schools further away are charged at the same rate plus
meals, mileage or air travel and, when needed,
A great way to lower the cost of an author visit is to
coordinate with other schools in your area and then
split travel costs.
more information: Do you have questions?
Would you like to schedule a visit for your school?
Please click here or call 253-272-2030.