SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND WRITING WORKSHOPS
Reading one of Shelley’s books as an all-school or grade-level selection? Consider bringing Shelley to your school for an in-person author visit.
A high-energy presenter and former teacher, Shelley Pearsall has worked with more than 200,000 students in a dozen states. She brings the creative process to life for all ages through her memorable visuals, stories, humor, and audience interaction.
Available upon request.
SCHOOL PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS
A standard author visit includes three assemblies plus one creative session (Shoes workshop, Q&A lunch, or Writing Live). A half-day visit is two assemblies only.
Book Speak! Featured Assembly
Grades 4-8/large group audience
Reading one of Shelley’s books as a school-wide choice? Go behind-the-scenes of your featured book to discover even more. See the inspiration, the messy office, the research, the creative brainstorming, and the incredible “tower” of rough drafts. Get a sneak peek at Shelley’s next book and her first publication attempts at age 13. Ask questions, vote on book titles, and be part of the creation of a book. Curriculum connections: writing process, creativity, and resilience.
“Shoes” Small Group Writing Workshop
Grades 4-8/30 students (mixed grade levels okay)
How do authors create memorable characters? Find out using real shoes for inspiration. Program focuses on brainstorming and characterization. Shoes provided.
Q & A Small Group Lunch with the Author
All ages/up to 25 participants
A great chance for a small group of students or staff to have Q & A time with Shelley. Use for Power of the Pen, essay contest winners, aspiring writers, or other selected participants.
Writing LIVE! Writing Session NEW
Grades 4-5/100 students with teachers
Bring paper and pens to this one-of-a-kind assembly where everyone writes (really!). Shelley will lead the audience through a variety of exercises in brainstorming, creative thinking, descriptive language, and using a writer’s “vision.”
“Shelley does an exceptional job of taking students through the creative process…even students who have not necessarily been into writing have been inspired by her…it is amazing what the kids produce as a result of her input, guidance and expertise.”
-Mariemont (OH) Schools
“To take a lonely shoe and turn it into a story takes some truly amazing skill. You are a master of your craft, and we loved learning from you.”
-Captain Nathan Hale MS, CT
Shelley loves to visit libraries. She offers Skype sessions for book clubs, as well as family programs featuring hands-on activities. Her books connect well with Makerspace and STEM. Email email@example.com for program fees and scheduling.
“It was my favorite assembly ever.” -Hayley, 2017
“You inspired a lot of people to become an author and to like research.” -Jordan, 5th grade
“Authors just like you have inspired me to break out of my shell.” -KC, 2017
One School One Book
Virtual Author Visit Package
Are you looking for a bigger virtual visit? This virtual visit package is designed for schools using one of Shelley’s books as a “one book” or common reads choice. It includes:
- two 40-minute large group Skype sessions
- one personalized video introduction by the author
- one informal video chat or conference call with teachers/program coordinators — a great way to ask book questions or discuss ideas prior to reading.
- Plus 100 autographed bookmarks and 3 autographed paperbacks to use as giveaways.
Package cost: $500