An author visit can be highly inspirational, inviting children to unlock their own creative potential, and encourage them in their own writing. Younger students especially are almost always thrilled to meet a published author, particularly if they’ve read their books.
Presentations and Workshops
I offer a variety of presentations for grades three to eight, but can work with grades one and two as well. I cover such topics as where ideas come from, story structure, editing and revision, character development, time travel stories, history and research, plus many other aspects of writing and publishing. Many of these topics are also covered in The Children’s Writer’s Guide.
I will present to around one hundred students at a time, although we can also look at workshops with smaller groups or individual classes.
Author in Residence
For my author in residence program, I can be at your school for a week or longer. This allows me to cover topics in much more depth than would be possible during a regular author visit. We can also look at working on a specific project, such as my sessions involving playwriting with the Calgary Arts Summer School.
It may not always be possible to have an author visit your school. However, why not put technology to work for you, with a virtual author visit via video using Skype? These can be conducted with large groups or individual classes.
You can get an idea of what a virtual visit looks like from my videos Virtual Author Visits, Simon Rose – Author, The Time Camera, The Doomsday Mask and The Sorcerer’s Letterbox or on YouTube, in which I talk about my books, my workshops for adults and schools, plus my various services for writers.
Study Guides and Classroom Resources
Each of my novels provide ideas for classroom projects and you may find some suggestions in the Study Guides for each of the books. Class sets of books are also available.
I have some suggestions for presentations and workshops, but am always pleased to work with teachers and librarians to build sessions best suited to your students. Contact me for details of fees and availability for school and library presentations.