Reinventing the Author Visit

For the 2020/2021 School Year

ONLY $99

Kate Messner - Speaker, Award-winning author

Julie Hedlund Host, Author & 12 x 12 Founder

Are you ready to meet the needs of teachers and librarians in 2020/2021?

With schools opening or set to open (virtually, in-person, or a combination of both) within the next few weeks, authors are naturally concerned about how to adapt their Author Visit programs to meet the needs of teachers and librarians (and to begin recovering some of the school visit income that was lost when the pandemic hit last spring. Luckily, author Kate Messner has created a new, in-depth workshop designed to help everyone make realistic plans and prepare the kinds of virtual sessions teachers & librarians are requesting for right now. These four recorded 75-minute sessions build from one video to the next. Here's what is covered in each video:

Day 1 – Kate will start us off with a “State of the Author Visit” report, based on her recent survey of more than a thousand teachers and librarians. Find out how many schools are planning for in-person or virtual author visits for the coming school year, what budgets look like, which virtual visit platforms they prefer, and which aren’t allowed in most schools. We’ll also take a look at expressed interest for different kinds of programs, from reading and writing focused talks to STEAM topics, duos, panels, and multi-school webinars. You’ll have some optional homework tonight to prepare for session two!

Day 2 – In this video, we’ll take a more in-depth look at options for virtual author visits, including traditional presentations followed by Q & A, but focusing especially on more interactive sessions that include quizzes, games, and workshops. Participants will learn how to use various platforms to engage students both on camera and off, whether they’re with their teacher in a classroom or learning from home. Another optional homework assignment for tonight will help you prepare for day three.

Day 3 – Almost universally, survey respondents are looking for virtual visits from authors who can pack a one-two punch – offering a fun, engaging presentation plus material that ties in with learning standards. How can authors best strike that balance, and what works best for different age groups in a virtual world? Today, we’ll use a few workshop participants’ books as exemplars to talk through making curriculum connections, “chunking” time in a virtual visit, and adding interactive elements. We’ll have one last homework assignment, putting today’s workshop session to use with your own books.

Day 4 – This session is all about staging, presentation, and logistics. We’ll talk about setting up your virtual author visit studio, including common pitfalls, and share some tips for adapting your presentation style (and energy level!) for virtual visits. Our final session will also address pre-submitted questions and author-visit paperwork, including schedules, promotions, and contracts for virtual visits.

PLUS!

All registrants will receive:

  • Digital Resources - Each session's resource packet includes links to resources discussed in the workshop, and templates for author visit contracts, book order forms, etc.
  • Limited-time access to Kate's previous Author Visit Makeover webinar - Recorded in May 2020, this recording will serve as a refresher for those who attended, or an opportunity to catch up for those who didn't. It covers material that won't be repeated in this intensive.
  • Replays through October 31, 2020 - You'll have access to these recordings through the end of October. Rewatch on your schedule any time you want.

The workshop is designed to be a "soup to nuts" program that will enable you to launch your 20/21 school visit program with confidence. With the inclusion of access to the Author Visit Makeover webinar, it will provide 6 hours of instruction and plenty of interactivity and Q & A. Book even ONE school visit in the coming year, and the registration fee will pay for itself. Click the button below to register now!

Registration open through September 30, 2020.

When you click the button, you'll directed to our PayPal cart. The charge will be from The Abundant Writer on your receipt. Once your purchase is complete, the email address associated with your PayPal account will be sent to our email system and you'll get instructions on how to attend the event. Please add kelli@juliehedlund.com to your list of contacts and/or safe senders and email us if you'd like to change your email address for this event.

Registration open until September 30, 2020.

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Learn from the expert

Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books that encourage kids to wonder, too. Her titles include award-winning picture books like Over and Under the SnowUp in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, and How to Read a Story; novels like The Seventh Wish, Breakout, and Chirp; the Fergus and Zeke easy reader series with Candlewick, Scholastic’s popular Ranger in Time chapter book series; as well works of nonfiction, including Insect Superpowers, The Next PresidentTracking Pythons and the upcoming History Smashers series with Random House. Before becoming a full time writer, Kate was a TV journalist and National Board certified middle school English teacher. Kate lives on Lake Champlain with her family and is trying to summit all 46 Adirondack High Peaks in between book deadlines. Follow her on Twitter @KateMessner and check out her website, www.katemessner.com.

These are recordings of four live 60-75-minute sessions with Kate designed so you can begin to create your author visit in real time. You get access to the replays through October 31, 2020.

When you click the button, you'll directed to our PayPal cart. The charge will be from The Abundant Writer on your receipt. Once your purchase is complete, the email address associated with your PayPal account will be sent to our email system and you'll get instructions on how to attend the event. Please add kelli@juliehedlund.com to your list of contacts and/or safe senders and email us if you'd like to change your email address for this event.

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