School visits

Author Sue Corbett has a great job—reading and writing children’s books. She also enjoys spreading news about good books through her book reviews in newspapers, People and Publisher’s Weekly, and by speaking directly to students and parents. She has been the writer-in-residence at Waller Mill Elementary in Williamsburg, Va., an arts magnet school, and leads creative writing workshops for children, and the adults who write for them.

Some examples of her presentations to students and school groups:

Student Presentations (Grades K through 8 )

“Picture This” How an idea in a writer’s head becomes a book on the library’s shelf. (Grades K-5)

“How to Become a Writer in Two Easy Steps” How a reading habit laid the foundation for a career as a writer. (PowerPoint presentation for grades 3-8.)

Writer Workshops

“Character & Conflict” An in-depth examination of the basic elements of fiction—character, scene, dialogue, setting, theme and plot. (grades 4-12)

“So You Want To Write for Children?” An examination of trends in publishing for the aspiring children’s writer. (adults)

Teacher/Parent/Industry Workshops

“Fresh Produce” A survey of this year’s most talked-about new books.

“Raising Readers” How to turn reading from a chore to a habit to a lifestyle.

Fees 2009-2010

Local $400 per day (maximum of three sessions) $250 per half day (two sessions)

State (within two-hour drive of Newport News, Virginia): $550 per day, $300 per half day.

Out-of-Town (everywhere else): $850 per day, plus travel expenses.

Contact Sue for more information.