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Virtual Author Visits

Schools across the country and around the world have made changes to what school looks like. Many have limited visitors even if students are attending in-person. Though I prefer connecting with students with in-person author visits, I am happy to engage your students online!
First, I want to provide two resources to help you debunk myths about school visits. 
Truth #1: Author visits benefit students.  (And another article.) And here's another article. 

What to Expect from a Virtual Author Visit 

I've adapted some of my programs for virtual visits through Skype and Zoom (or your preferred virtual format). These are similar to my in-person events but adapted for online engagement and learning. (How students interact with me depends on the size of the group and teacher preference.) 

These virtual author visits are for all school and homeschool groups. Most presentations are 45-60 minutes in length (which includes a Q&A time). However, my kindergarten-second grade programs are closer to 30 minutes. I can revise programs to meet your timing and topic needs.

My goal is to support teacher instruction and excite children about reading and writing.

As many of us have discovered this year, teaching children virtually is a challenge. How do we keep them engaged and attentive? Annette did just that for an event for our bookstore. She prepared a presentation and a fun trivia game for our guests. The game kept the children challenged yet interested. I and the other adult attendees even learned some fun new facts!

Annette would be a great addition to any school's curriculum as her non-fiction books cover everything science, history, writing and geography. She was an amazing author to partner with for a successful virtual event. I look forward to an opportunity to work with Annette again soon.

-Stephany Pachowka, Children's Bookseller, Hockessin Book Shelf

Virtual Author Visit Options

These are some of my in-person author visits that work well virtually. If you'd like a program to focus on a certain book or part of the writing process such as research or revisions, just let me know. How else can I customize a program for your group? Or are you interested in something not listed? 

Let's chat!

Celebrate Curiosity Grades 3 and up (adaptable for younger grades)
In this program, Annette guides students to celebrate their personal curiosity and become myth busters as they focus on the research process. Students examine some myths and find the truth. 

Whooo Knew? Q&A Writing Grades 2 and up
Annette shares her writing process and leads groups (small or large) to begin brainstorming about a favorite animal topic. 

Facts Are Fun Grades K-3
Facts Are Fun explores the excitement nonfiction and informational writing process. I answer some of kids' big questions. Where do ideas come from? How do I research? Can they do the same?

The Write Way Grades 3-12
How does a writer create an informational story? I share tips on brainstorming, fact-finding, and all of the writing process with an emphasis on revisions.

Insects Make What? Grades 3-8
Students know about honey and silk, but what else do they use that insects make? I share about the surprisingly useful insects and the products we use--and often eat!

Laura and Wilbur Grades 2-6 
Laura Ingalls Wilder and Wilbur Wright were born in the same year of 1867. Annette helps students connect how Laura and Wilbur went on to do big things that began with their childhoods and still influence us today.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Grades 3-12
Get to know more about the pioneer girl we read about in the Little House books and how Laura Ingalls Wilder became an author.

Pioneer Childhood Grades 1-6
What was it like to be a child on the American frontier? Annette engages the audience about westward expansion, education, play, and home life for the pioneer children.

Writing Workshops 
Whooo Knew? Q&A Writing Grades 2-4
Annette shares her writing process and leads a classroom to begin brainstorming about a favorite animal topic. This workshop can be for small or large groups.

Proofreading Workshop Grades 3-12
In this classroom or small group workshop, Annette discusses her own proofreading process along with tips for students who already have completed a first draft. Annette guides students through several proofreading activities. Ideally this proofreading workshop includes two 45 minute sessions.

On-Demand Videos for an Author Visit

I'm preparing some on-demand videos which schools would have access to for a limited amount of time. The school would use the recorded videos in multiple classrooms throughout the usage period. Interested? Please contact me at annettemwhipple at gmail dot com. 

Virtual Professional Development

For schools interested in a professional development, I am available for those, too! If a group is small enough, we can discuss on-site options, as well.

Virtual Family Literacy Night

For schools and libraries interested in a virtual family literacy night, I am happy to create a program for your community. My presentation can focus on the caregivers or it can be an interactive program for families. 

Virtual Author Visit Pricing

Please talk to me about your budget concerns. My preferred virtual rates are the first 45 minutes for $150. Each additional half hour $50. We can chat about full-day and multi-day author visit fees, too. I'm even happy to have lunch with your students.

Please contact me about your budget regarding on-demand author visits, professional development, and family literacy programs.

Multi-day discounts available for in-person and virtual author visits. 

FREE 15-minute Q&A for classes who have read my book.
(Limited availability. Limit one free visit per school.) 

 Please contact me at annettemwhipple at gmail dot com. 
Let's make your budget work! 

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