"It was so great to have you visit. My kids are finding stories everywhere to write. They asked, collectively, if they could have time to just write stories. They are so much more interested in writing now! Thanks to you!

                      Cathy Mlodzik- Freedom Elementary, Colorado Springs, 2018

A fun visit to St. Anne's Episcopal School in Denver! 

"Wendi presented three programs for preschool - third grade at St. Anne's Episcopal School (Denver) as part of our Book Fair in November, 2015. She was a pleasure to work with, flexible and considerate of our requests for the day. As a former teacher, Wendi knows how to engage her audience. She included visuals, props and participation in the presentations. The content of each program was targeted to the age group. After a full day at school, Wendi signed books at Barnes & Noble for four hours. We enjoyed our day with Wendi and look forward to the next turkey adventure!"

Terry DiNicola, Librarian

"Wendi's presentation on adding layers to picture books was insightful and engaging. Her breakdown of what makes a picture book successful was incredibly helpful. I appreciated her use of sample books, and her wonderful handout that detailed each of the elements she talked about. I would love to hear her speak again!"  Gina Ricks (attendee at SCBWI writer's conference in Rexburg, Idaho)

School Author Visits

I have a fun powerpoint presentation that helps students see that "everyone has a story" and discusses ways they can find theirs. The presentation includes the reading of several of my books and time for questions and answers. I can also do a presentation showing your students the process of writing my book TURKEY TRICK OR TREAT from idea, to first draft, to many revisions, to copyediting, to publishing. I have found that what works well is to have 3-4 classes at a time meet in the library or gym to keep it somewhat intimate. I find that 50 minute sessions are about the right length, with 10-15 minutes between sessions to switch groups). This usually means I can do 4-5 sessions per day, with an hour for lunch and book signings. If you prefer, I can tailor my visit to meet your needs. 

I provide:

A master copy of a flier to send home, a reminder note, signed bookmarks you can copy onto card stock, cut apart and distribute to all the children (and of course my presentation with all it's props!)

You provide:

A room for the presentation with an LCD projector (connected to a laptop where I can stick in a flash drive) and a screen (and a microphone if available for very large rooms such as gymnasiums).

You promote the visit to excite the children, copy and distribute the fliers, reminders and bookmarks, order books through a local book store (or direct from publishers) and collect preorders for books and help with book distribution and record keeping.

Cost: My rate for an all-day visit is $600 (plus travel expenses if outside of Grand Junction, CO). Discount rates apply for longer visits.

I am also available for individual class/group visits of 1-2 hours or 1/2 day workshops. Please contact me for rates.

Other workshops/presentations: 

For teachers: "Tapping Into Their Tales" (Using Mentor Texts to Teach Writing Skills), "From the Andes to the Amazon: The Power of Story Across Cultures"

For children's writers (and aspiring writers): "Picture Book Revision", "Writing Read Alouds That Rock!", "Layering in Layers in Picture Books", "Crafting Compelling Characters", "Leaving Room for the Art","Word Wizardry", "Branching Out Can Be Bunches of Fun!" (description of my path to publication which included more than a dozen different ways of being published)


I can present a story hour at your library or participate in your book festival... or just about anywhere else you would like! Contact me for rates.