Teachers & Librarians

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Download the Educator Guide for The Benefits of Being an Octopus HERE!

School Visits and Workshops

I’m currently booking school visits for the 2018-2019 school year! Contact me HERE to learn more.

I’d love to come talk to your students. As someone who spent years thinking that creative writing was something I couldn’t do, I approach writing as a skill that can be learned instead of innate. I also have experience leading workshops to support the productive and honest conversation needed to address the controversial topics that divide us.

I’m excited to offer FREE SKYPE VISITS to any class that has read The Benefits of Being an Octopus. I’m also offering a limited number of free school visits to Vermont schools that have read the book as part of my fall book tour. Contact me to book yours!

I’m also available to give talks and/or offer workshops on the following topics:

  • The Power of Revision: Deeper Thinking and a More Organized Brain (The “Motivational Revision Dance” is great for all ages. Check out this video featuring Miss Ali’s Second Grade Class: 

  • The Creative Writing Process: Breaking Open the Possibilities & Discovering Your Story One Layer at a Time (Even If You Don’t Think of Yourself as a Writer)
  • Talking Across the Divide: Finding Common Ground in a Polarizing Environment
  • The Path to Publishing: Pushing Past Rejection

If you have other ideas for talks or workshops, I’d love to connect and collaborateI used to teach middle school social studies, and lesson-planning is still one of my loves. 

To get a sense of my teaching style, check out the videos below.


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