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Virtual Author Visits & Interactive Writing Workshops  2023 - 2024

As a visiting author in schools, I've worked with more than 250,000 students across the US over the past 20 years. Prior to becoming a full-time author with Penguin Random House Books, I earned a Masters in Education and taught grades 4 to 8. My goal is to inspire and motivate middle grade and teen writers, and I'm known for my lively, interactive, and visual programs.


Since I'm now based part-time in Scotland and the US (Ohio), my author visits are offered online only. Although the scenery from my office window may vary, I can virtually visit your school or library from either location. US, UK, and international requests are welcome!

Fridays with Shelley

Reading one of my books with your students? Add a special surprise to the reading experience with a Friday virtual visit. Available 8am - 1pm most Fridays (US time zones). Send your visit request through the contact form.  

What's Included?

Your 45-minute virtual visit will feature a lively and visual look at the writing process for your featured novel (inspiration, rough drafts, random brainstorms and more) -- plus 20 minutes of Q&A time with me. Video-recording and streaming of the visit to other classrooms within your school is permitted.  $250 per session*.


* free session available to schools with financial need or those doing an all-school read. 

More than a Virtual Visit

Looking for something more?  Try out one of my interactive virtual visits that involve students in a live writing activity. NEW for 2023-24: Classroom Mentor Author Opportunity . Complete the contact form to schedule.


Classroom Mentor Author Opportunity


Imagine having your own classroom author from Scotland! This school year, I'm offering a limited number of mentorships for classrooms. With the mentorship, your students will get two 45-minute virtual sessions with me -- a Q&A and a presentation/writing workshop, plus the chance to submit a short writing sample to me for written feedback. Available for 4th - 7th grades/limit 32 participants. 

$650/2 sessions plus writing sample review


Creative Writing with

The Seventh Most Important Thing

Can a work of art speak? Yes! I'll provide a close-up look at the real Hampton's Throne that inspired The Seventh Most Important Thing. Then, we'll do a series of writing activities focusing on personification, characterization, and observation as students bring the artwork to life. 5th - 8th grades.

$400/60 minute session

Streaming to multiple classrooms is permitted

Daydreaming on Bed

Writing LIVE!

Grades 4 and 5


I'll lead students through three fast-paced and fun writing activities: imagining a setting, brainstorming a character, and writing a special figurative language poem. Hint: shoes, volcanoes, and flying carpets may also be involved. Make writing come alive in your classroom with this creative workshop.

$400/60 minute session

Streaming to multiple classrooms is permitted.

Instant Writing Workshop 
Video for Schools

Try out this instant writing workshop I created in 2020 for virtual learning. In this FREE video, students will brainstorm and create a detailed fictional character inspired by a shoe. It takes about 60 minutes to complete the entire writing exercise along with the video. Or you can utilize the video in segments.  Perfect for writers in grades 4 - 7.  

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"My Q1 Book Club had a BLAST meeting the author of Things Seen From Above! Such an engaging virtual visit with a fun guided drawing on perspective included!" 

"What an amazing way to end one of our favorite books...Shelley was bombarded with questions from fifth graders...we were so excited!" 

"Thank you for giving our students such an unforgettable experience."

"Your visit has become a rite of passage in our middle school." 

"I'm not sure if you could see the students' faces, but they were rapt. I felt like it was truly a perfect hour with you, inspiring, instructive and fun." 

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