Children are almost always inspired when they meet a real life author or illustrator, but 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.
Ideally, in preparation for a virtual author visit, students should have read at least one of my books, but can also familiarize themselves with my work by undertaking the Super Scavenger Search. You may also wish to download the word search puzzles related to each novel. Study guides are also available for all my novels. Each book can provide teachers with a wide variety of ways to explore projects with their students and class sets of books are also available.
Hosting a Virtual Visit
To host a virtual author visit, you will need to download Skype, which is available for both Windows and Macintosh, and have a webcam. You may contact me directly for details on technical requirements and exactly how a virtual author visit works. A technical assessment a few days prior is also advisable, to ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day of the visit.
Contact me directly for details about virtual author visits.
More About Virtual Author Visits
Simon Rose, science fiction and fantasy author, talks about virtual author visits for schools and writer’s groups.