Saturday, April 21, 2012

S is for School Visits

I've had the opportunity to do several in my home town. For the most part, I talk about my nonfiction, but fiction always creeps in a little.

My favorite part is when kids tell me they've read my books. Earlier this month, a friend from book club told me her son picked up one of my books at the library and was excited to report that he'd met me at school.

They ask funny and great questions. How old are you? How long have you been writing? Do you write about your pets? Is your daughter in any of your books?

Before my first visit a year ago, I spent a lot of time prepping. This is a great resource to help you make an outline and plan for your visit. School Visit Experts

If you're prepared, there's no reason to be nervous. And the kids are really forgiving, if you falter. Think about the size group you feel most comfortable with--one classroom? more than one in the library? larger assembly in the gym? I'd suggest starting small, and then moving to the larger format.

This summer, I've got a weekly writers club for kids and a library visit in another town. I'm excited to be able to talk to kids about writing!


Guilie said...

Dropping by from A-Z, also a writer (as yet unpublished, but working on it). Great insight on this post--thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kristine! I enjoyed volunteering when my son was in elementary school. It gave me a chance to meet some of the authors when they came for school visits. The author visits were a favorite of the kids. : )