SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND WRITING WORKSHOPS
Award-winning Random House author Shelley Pearsall has worked with more than 200,000 students in a dozen states. A high-energy presenter and former teacher, Shelley brings the creative process to life for all ages through her memorable visuals, stories, humor, and audience interaction.
AUTHOR VISIT BASICS
Shelley has a variety of assembly programs and writing workshops designed for grades 4-8*. All programs are interactive and offer many curriculum connections, including STEM, STEAM, and MakerSpace.
A full day visit includes four program sessions selected from the list below. Most schools choose to do three assemblies and one small group program such as a Q&A lunch or writing workshop for their full day schedule.
*primary grades program (K-3) available on request.
Available upon request.
SCHOOL PROGRAM CHOICES
One School, One Book Assembly
Grades 4-8/assembly audience
Reading one of Shelley’s books as a school-wide choice? Go behind-the-scenes of your featured book to see exactly what went into the story: the inspiration, the rejections (at age 13), the office, the research and brainstorming, and yes…the “tower” of rough drafts.
Book Speak! General Assembly
Grades 4-8/assembly audience
This fast-paced, visual assembly for general audiences focuses on creativity and resilience. It includes the writing process behind several of Shelley’s books, including the unforgettable “tower” of rough drafts and Shelley’s early publication attempts at age 13. Perfect for Right-to-Read Week and Battle of the Books.
Writing LIVE! Writing Assembly
Grades 4-6/120 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.” NEW
“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
Two 30 minute lunches/up to 25 per group
A great chance for a small group to have Q & A time with Shelley. Use for Power of the Pen, essay contest winners, or selected participants.
“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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
“THE REAL STUFF” WORKSHOPS:
Using Primary Sources to Write Fiction
Looking to give your 5th-8th grade students a more in-depth writing experience? Shelley offers several popular, classroom-centered workshops where students use primary sources to write fiction.
Students learn to use a variety of primary sources such as vintage cookbooks, newspapers, census records, advertisements, sheet music, and photographs — and how to weave them into fiction. All primary source materials and writing prompts are provided.
Workshops range from one to two hours, and they are designed for a maximum of 48 students — or two combined classrooms. Great connections with many state standards in Social Studies and Language Arts. Contact Shelley if you would like specific details.