An experienced teacher and speaker, I've spoken on bookish topics at hundreds
of schools and libraries, to civic and teacher groups, as well as
at literary festivals, IRA events and more.
From: Making a Book, One Author’s Process
A Presentation for Grade 3 through Adult
I outline my writing, revising, illustrating and publishing process from idea to finished book for my novel Wild Things.
Also: Making a Picture Book, One Author’s Process
A Presentation for K through Adult
I outline my writing, revising, illustrating and publishing process from idea to finished book for my picture books.
I also have a career day presentation that combines the above, best for fourth or fifth grade and up.
Examples of Past Custom Workshops*
Be The Hero Of Your Own Life
An Autobiography Workshop
Students write (and illustrate, if desired) their own life stories.
Grade 3 & up
The Art of Illustration
Students learn the basics of the illustration process. This three to four day art workshop helps student put words and pictures together, from idea to layout to finished illustration.
Grade 3 & up
Tell The Story Inside You
A Writing & Illustrating Workshop for Grieving Children
A one or more session storytelling workshop for hospice bereavement centers and children dealing with primary losses. Clay reads Bear at the Beach, written after the death of her father, and shows students how imaginative storytelling helped her to creatively express and process her loss. Participants write and draw a simple book of their own experiences.
*Fees vary according to location, number of classes & custom considerations. Beyond 25 miles from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, travel is additional. E-mail your needs below for information.