As we continue to grapple with this ever-changing, upside-down world, I am offering a flexible approach to author visits for the 2021-2022 school year. Most visits will be virtual, and I’ll work with you to put together a package that works best for your current situation. I know times are tough and budgets are tight. You can use the following information as a guide, but I am happy to work with you around pricing. I will be providing limited in-person author visits in the Denver-metro area. Masks and safety protocols must be in place in order for me to visit. You can find more information about in-person visits and rates in the attachment below: "Author Visits with Lauren H. Kerstein". All visits include social/emotional content as I empower students to see their strengths, approach life courageously, and identify helpful strategies for tough times.
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Book Reading and Q&A Session:
Book Reading, Writing Tips, and Q&A Session:
Single Presentation: $150
Each virtual classroom visit is 50-60 minutes long, and includes a PowerPoint chock-full of both writing tips and strategies for being courageous like Rosie, a book reading, and a question and answer session. Each presentation will be individualized based upon the age/development of students. Sample presentations are listed below.
If you would like me to “visit” multiple classrooms in a given day or over a week, I am happy to offer a 10% discount for each additional classroom.
Bringing it Home:
All of these presentations are also available to students and families in their homes as well. Teachers, librarians, or parents can organize a single presentation, multiple presentations, or a 30-minute author reading and Q & A. The fees are the same as virtual visits at school. I am also happy to chat about a fee that works best for your current situation.
Sample Presentations: Lauren combines her expertise as an author and a mental health clinician in all of her presentations. (You can't take the mental health clinician out of the author.)
You've Got This! Making Waves with Rosie the Dragon and Charlie
During this visit, Lauren will read one of the Rosie the Dragon and Charlie books, speak briefly about how a book is made, talk about the story behind the story, lead students through a few writing activities, and talk about living courageously, like Rosie the dragon. This presentation is geared toward preschool and elementary school-aged children.
You've Got This! Writing with Courage on The Path to Publication
Students will take a journey through the path to publication. Lauren will talk about the ways in which writing requires courage, offer specific writing exercises, and engage students in daring to dream about their own personal goals. This presentation is geared toward middle and high school students.
The Structure Zone: Writing a Story with Structure in Mind
With this presentation, students will learn about different story structures. Lauren will offer specific writing exercises, and read various texts to learn more about structure. This presentation can be geared to elementary, middle, and high school students.
Planning and Crafting a First Draft: Finding the Heart
Lauren will break down the writing process with graphics, organizational tools, and specific exercises in order to help students through the challenges they may face in creating a first draft. This presentation is designed for elementary-aged students as well as middle and high school students.
Writing is all About Revision: Revising with Flexibility and Courage
Students will look at ways to approach revision without sacrificing their vision and confidence. Specific visual tools, strategies, and exercises will be explored. This presentation is designed for elementary-aged students as well as middle and high school students.
Packing an Emotional Punch
Lauren will highlight picture books that really pack an emotional punch. She will talk through ways she included emotion in her books, and lead students through writing exercises targeted at increasing emotion in their own writing. This presentation is geared toward older elementary-aged students, middle and high school students.
Special Offering: If you're looking for a way to support your parents, Lauren is currently offering a presentation entitled: Give Yourself a Break: Parenting During a Pandemic. Please reach out if you are interested in providing this presentation to your families.
Booking a Visit:
Please review the above information and determine which visit might work best for you. Then fill out the below form with your information, a few possible dates, and the type of visit you’d like. I look forward to “visiting” with your school!
If possible, please plan to purchase a copy or copies of my books prior to, or in conjunction with my author visit so that you can familiarize your students with the book and help them formulate questions for the Q&A. I certainly understand that these uncertain times might interfere with your ability to do so. I have partnered with one of my wonderful local Independent Bookstores, Second Star to the Right Books, to make this as easy as possible. Second Star can send books and swag directly to you. Please click on this link to purchase Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Make Waves and Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Say Good Night, and to pre-order Home for a While.
Please add a $3.00 handling fee to your payment when you pay online. If you'd like to avoid this fee, please contact Lauren for other payment options.
Lauren is excited to "visit" your home or school!