These presentations can be tailored to the ages and interests of your
group. Just let me know in advance if there's anything special you'd like
me to talk about. To find out about dates, fees, or anything else you
don't see here, please e-mail me.
Presentations for Kids
These presentations are suitable for
small groups (up to 50) in grades 5-8. Please allow 50 minutes or one
class period for each presentation. I can schedule up to four
presentations in one day.
How an Idea Becomes a Book
Using samples from my books, I
show the stages in creating a book, from rough draft to revisions to
finished book. I talk briefly about research techniques and how students
can use them in their own projects. There will be time for a question and
Every Life Tells a Story
A more in-depth exploration of
researching and writing a biography, using Sacagawea as an
example. We discuss how to choose the best sources, and what to do if
sources provide conflicting information. We talk about how to find
interesting information that brings the past to life, and how to use
creative writing techniques to add spark to the story.
The Writing Life
"Where do you get your
ideas?"... "Do you know the ending of a book when you start
writing?"... "Can you tell me how I can be a writer
too?"... I'll talk about the challenges and joys of the creative
These presentations are for adults who
want to get acquainted with the world of children's books, and can be
hosted by libraries, book clubs, or other community groups. Allow about an
hour for formal presentation, and another hour for informal chat.
Writing and Publishing Books for Children
An overview of the world of children's
books and what it takes to break in to a profession that's extremely
competitive and often low-paying, but highly rewarding. There will be time
for Q&A at the end.
I give these presentations at writers'
conferences and workshops:
Your Foot in the Door: Query Letters that Work
How do you get editors to read your
stories even at "closed houses"? With a great query letter!
Learn when to send a query, what information to include, and how a query
is different from a cover letter.
© Stacy DeKeyser 2006