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Are you looking for writers to come visit your school? Below are some of the writers willing to participate in guest appearances throughout the country for our Reading and Writing Appreciation Week and anytime during the year. Our aim is to place writers and their locations within this page for schools to use as a resource to invite these writers into their schools.
 
Please NOTE: Some authors may charge a small fee for traveling expenses for any school visit other. Their rates are clearly marked within their Author write ups below.
 
Guidelines: When contacting an author,  place SCHOOL GUEST WRITER on the subject heading with the contact information within the body of your email.
 

CANADA

MONTREAL

 

West Island Schools

 

Lea Schizas, award-winning author/editor of several sites and newsletters, is available to visit elementary and high schools in the West Island of Montreal any date during the school year.

 

Contact Lea for a school visit.

 

More information on Lea Schizas

 

Rates: Free during Reading and Writing Appreciation Week

 

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ALL WEST ISLAND SCHOOLS

 

Dr. Kalman is a poet, playwright, novelist, short story and non-fiction writer. His poetry and fiction encompass both the essence of today and of historical times. His publications include a novel ‘Jesus Loves Me’, Xlibris Press, a play ‘Bewitching’, CAPCAT Press, a chapbook of poetry ‘Crisis of Heart’, Soulmate Press, a children’s book, ‘Saving Jesus’, ‘Poetry of the Jews’, Canadian Jewish News Mar 2007 and ‘The Poetry of Days’, June 2007

 

His plays, ‘Defenceless’ and ‘Mother of God’ were presented in Toronto and Montreal.

 

His non-fiction writing has appeared as chapters in several books and online.

 

His short stories ‘Kaddish for Sara ’, ‘Routine’, and ‘The Witnesses’ and many poems have been published in various Canadian and U.S. literary journals and magazines in the past five years.

 

Over the past few years he has given lectures and workshops to various writers groups and schools.

 

He is currently completing work on two novels, one historical, ‘In God’s Way ’ and one thriller, ‘Stained Relations’.

 

CONTACT DR. KALMAN FOR A SCHOOL VISIT AND INFORMATION ON HIS FEES.

 

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Robbie Tucker.  Robbie's bio.

 

"I want to express to the children how import it is to use their 
creativity.  Without words or writing we'd know nothing about each 
other. Being diagnosed with PD at 28, I know the importance of not 
putting things on the back burner."

 

Available to visit schools in Montreal.

 

EMAIL ROBBIE TUCKER

 

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UNITED STATES

 

ARIZONA

 

Kathe Gogolewski, a retired elementary schoolteacher, will come to your classroom to demonstrate an integrated science and literature project for TATO, the fantasy adventure she wrote for middle grade children (3rd through 6th grade).  The story revolves around a boy, a formula and a lot of magic, and students perform science experiments that explain certain illusions in the story. They also engage in language arts activities such as creating wanted posters for the villain and graphing story events with checkerboards and chips. The grants cover a class set of books, the Teacher's Edition, the honorarium and for some, science materials. Kathe works in classrooms all over California and Arizona. She will donate her time for this week.

Teachers anywhere in California or Arizona that are interested in having Kathe visit their classrooms to demonstrate the program with their students should contact
Kathe to find out how to participate. An experienced grant writer, Kathe will locate and ghost write the grants for teachers to approve and sign. All lessons in the guide are aligned with California Content Standards for Grades 4 and 5 in Science and Language Arts.  A strong English Language Learner (ELL) component is included, as well as objectives for teachers.
email Kathe at: kgogolewski@sbcglobal.net
 

 

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 CALIFORNIA

 

Cynthia Brian, ASID, NY Times best selling co-author of Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul , author  of Be the Star You Are!®, 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference, The Business of Show Business, and Miracle Moments®, is an internationally acclaimed key note speaker, personal growth consultant, host of radio and TV shows, syndicated columnist and acting coach.  (www.star-style.com

 

More information on Cynthia Brian.

 

Cynthia is available schools in Orinda, Moraga, or Lafayette, California.

 

CONTACT CYNTHIA

 

RATES:

Please inquire for rates for school visit requests outside our Reading and Writing Appreciation Week.

 

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Kathe Gogolewski, a retired elementary schoolteacher, will come to your classroom to demonstrate an integrated science and literature project for TATO, the fantasy adventure she wrote for middle grade children (3rd through 6th grade).  The story revolves around a boy, a formula and a lot of magic, and students perform science experiments that explain certain illusions in the story. They also engage in language arts activities such as creating wanted posters for the villain and graphing story events with checkerboards and chips. The grants cover a class set of books, the Teacher's Edition, the honorarium and for some, science materials. Kathe works in classrooms all over California and Arizona. She will donate her time for this week.

Teachers anywhere in California or Arizona that are interested in having Kathe visit their classrooms to demonstrate the program with their students should contact
Kathe to find out how to participate. An experienced grant writer, Kathe will locate and ghost write the grants for teachers to approve and sign. All lessons in the guide are aligned with California Content Standards for Grades 4 and 5 in Science and Language Arts.  A strong English Language Learner (ELL) component is included, as well as objectives for teachers.
email Kathe at: kgogolewski@sbcglobal.net
 
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Marilyn Meredith is the author of award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, and the Rocky Bluff P.D. series. She was an instructor for Writer’s Digest School for ten years, served as an instructor at the Maui Writer’s Retreat and many other writer’s conferences. In the past, she’s talked about writing and being a writer, in schools in California and Alaska, for classes K-12 and to college classes. http://fictionforyou.com

 

Marilyn is available to visit schools from the Porterville, Visalia, Exeter districts.

 

CONTACT MARILYN MEREDITH

 

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Armando Garza, author of the children’s book “Itty Bitty Saves the Day,” lives in Camarillo, California.  This book teaches a wonderful lesson to children of all ages: “Even though you are little, you can do BIG things!”  Full color photographs of a tiny Dachshund puppy that is smaller and weaker than his siblings follow him at birth and as he struggles to keep up with his larger brothers and sister.  But then, one sunny day, Itty Bitty turns his size into an advantage and saves the day for his doggy family.  Book reviews and book description may be viewed on www.Amazon.com  and www.Authorstobelievein.com  (search by title).

 

The author is available for book readings (also available as a PowerPoint presentation), signings, and, more importantly, to discuss self esteem and the struggles a child experiences when they have special needs.  This is a great message for children with special needs, and also instills compassion in children who are around those with special needs.  

 

Prefer locations within driving distance in Southern California (Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties).  No charge for visits.  Will consider longer distances if travel expenses are paid.

 

Armando has a degree in English Literature from the University of Southern California.   He retired from Verizon Communications in 2003 and is now pursuing his dream of writing children’s books.  Armando lives with his wife, MaryAnn, his daughter, Abigail, and four Dachshunds (including Itty Bitty!).

 

E-mail requests or questions to a.garza@verizon.net.  

 

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San Diego, California

 

MARCIA BERNEGER:  I've been writing for most of my life, but only as a hobby until recently. When my eldest son hit high school, I began to study the craft of writing, with an eye toward publishing. As I perfected my own skills, I transferred what I was learning directly into my classroom of eager second graders. My students became "authors" right along with me. I am passionate about real writing in my class and would love to share that passion with your students.

 

CONTACT MARCIA

 

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Greater Los Angeles area, from San Fernando Valley to north Orange County and east to Riverside

 

Angi Ma Wong
 
Angi Ma Wong is an award-winning businesswoman, intercultural consultant and corporate trainer, award-winning and best-selling author of 27 titles (business, inspiration, feng shui and children), mother of four and lifelong educator with Los Angeles Unified School District for 33 years. 
 
Angi's first children's book Night of the Red Moon was nominated for the John and Patricia Beatty Award and reviewed in the Los Angeles Times. She wrote and illustrated her second children's book Who Ate My Socks? with teachers and parents in mind to use as a teaching tool and provides a free, downloadable "50 Teaching Moments for Parents and Teachers" from the www.PacificHeritageBooks.com website. She wrote Reggie the L.A. Gator, followed by Reggie: My Story based on the news story about a pet alligator abandoned in a Los Angeles park lake.
 
Email: amawong@att.net   (310)541-8818
 
Author Angi provides a morning of assemblies to various grade levels, from Pre-K to high school, sharing her love of reading, writing and learning with a passion for writing, illustrating, designing and publishing books, essentially educating her audiences about how an idea becomes a book. Each presentation is age-appropriate, customized and available year-round.  All promotional materials, from parent invitations to the enrichment program, to book covers, media releases, etc. are provided  at no charge prior to the even to ensure a memorable and successful event for all. See testimonials at www.PacificHeritageBooks.com
 
Author fee: A school lunch and a bottle of water and $10 for gas to schools outside of City of Los Angeles limits.

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COLORADO

 

 DENVER, COLORADO

 

SANDY LOCHMANDY: 

I am a mother of two and grandmother of four, with another grandchild due November, 2007.  My love for children brought me to the point of wanting to write.  I currently have 2 books that will be in print within the next month and one book with an agent searching for the right publisher.  I have written several books for kids between the ages of 3 to 7.  My one book, Animals A thru Z represents short stories of messages to the children.  For example, I have a zebra in the paint store that wants to change his stripes as he doesn't like them.  The message behind that is, you can't change who you are on the outside.
 
I appreciate your time and opportunity to read to children in Denver and Aurora Colorado.

 

CONTACT SANDY

 

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JENNIFER SVENDSEN DELANEY 

Jennifer Svendsen Delaney's manuscript, Stealing Monkey, won Colorado University’s Jovanovich Imaginative Award for best graduate thesis and received finalist status in a contest held by nidus, University of Pittsburghs contemporary art and literary journal. Her publication credits include magazines, literary journals and newspapers. In addition, Svendsen Delaney's journal drawings appear in two books by Lucia Capacchione. Recently, she completed a narrative nonfiction work titled Lenticular Tricks of the Heart, a chapter of which was published in the October issue of Sojourn Journal. 

 

Jennifer is available to visit schools in these districts:

Boulder, Louisville, Niwot or Longmont, Colorado.

 

Contact Jennifer for a school visit.

 

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Vail Valley, CO  -- We travel all over--happy to visit any school districts.

 

Diane Dike, Ph.D.

One of a Kind Service Dog Team, Motivational & Educational Speaker, Singer, Author

 

Each of us has a purpose in this life: I believe my purpose is to encourage others to hold on to hope. My husband, Paul, accepted me when I was broken, that restored my hope. In turn, I rescued Gracie when she was broken, she rescued me right back and became my service dog. Together, Paul, Gracie and I have formed a unique bond and have been given a second chance to encourage and restore hope to others.

 

Diane Dike, Ph.D., a passionate and popular speaker, author and singer. lives in the Vail Valley of Colorado. Her heartbreaking, heartwarming and courageous story will inspire you to overcome your challenges.

 

Diane has a BA in Physical Education, Recreation, and Health with a Minor in Theology. She has a Masters equivalent in Behavior Disorders and a Ph.D. in Human Services. Diane earned her Reverends License from Gospel Crusade Ministries.  She was a track and swimming coach as well as the star singer of the laser show at Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Florida. She taught Pre-Kindergarten and High School special needs children as well as subjects in Social Science at the University level for twelve years in Polk County, Florida. Unfortunately, Diane had to take a break from teaching because of the devastating effects of a rare and incurable blood disease. 

She is President of, Second Chance with Saving Grace, Inc., a non-profit organization set up to help her minister to prisoners, children, the elderly, students and those in need of assistance. She has volunteered and spoken for "Habitat for Humanity," churches, conferences, Wal*Mart, Kiwansis International, and traveled with some of the biggest names in Christianity as a massage therapist and prayer warrior. 

As a keynote speaker Diane shares with dignity, sensitivity, and honesty her journey to hell and back through physical, spiritual, and emotional difficulties. She has found creative ways to deal with life's disappointments and even trained her own service dog in 2003. Her enthusiasm and passion connect with audiences of all ages on many subjects. With presentations tailor-made to meet the needs of your organization. Whether you are on the mountaintop or in the valley, Diane’s message will benefit you. Diane has experienced "the good, the bad, and the ugly" of life and will inspire you to enjoy life no matter what your circumstances by using your gifts, focusing on what you  have rather than what you don’t, and being the unique person you were created to be. 

Diane’s experience with Gracie has led her to write and publish two books: Gracie Comes Home,  the first installment of the children’s series, The Adventures of Gracie and Diane, and God Made Only One of Me, an autobiography, forward by Michael W. Smith. The illustrator of Gracie Comes Home is Craig Grasso who worked on the animation for many movies such as Disney's, "Lion King" and Blue Sky’s, "Ice Age II."  All proceeds from the books sales, T-shirts, Back-packs, Posters, and Gracie Babies go to support non-profit organizations.

Diane’s interactive presentations encourage audiences to believe that they can make a difference. Her wonderful programs emphasize friendship, discipline, love, teamwork, and disability awareness and etiquette. All respond to Gracie and Diane with enthusiasm and feel their genuine love. Students realize that they can become someone’s hero, as Diane is to Gracie for reaching out to her when she was broken, homeless, and scared. Seeds for a new sensitivity for those around them who may be struggling are planted and watered by the call for community service.

Join Diane and her service dog, Gracie, the world's first rescued Italian Greyhound service dog, (helping a woman with a rare blood disease) on a triumphant adventure with divine appointments. See how Diane overcame life’s challenges while dealing with debilitating illness, loss, divorce, depression… with a smile, a service dog and a second chance. Experience renewal, restoration, and a new found energy to climb every mountain, through her eyes of faith. 

Whether you are a student, teacher, business, team,... after spending time with Gracie and Diane, you will be inspired by a refreshed view of life and a deeper appreciation for the difficult times and the glorious lessons that can be learned from your challenges. Don’t miss your opportunity to schedule them today!

 

CONTACT DIANE FOR MORE INFO AND RATES:

 

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FLORIDA

The Tampa Bay Florida counties of Pinellas,
                           Hillsborough, Pasco and Manatee.

K.L. Nappier is an award winning author who writes in multiple genres. Regardless of how light or dark her plots may be (though she confesses they’re usually dark), she’s exploring how the human experience can lift us up, give us hope, teach us how.

Kathy’s supernatural thriller Full Wolf Moon placed in the Draco Awards’ Final Three in the Horror Division, placed in the Kay Snow Awards and was a finalist in the New Century Awards, along with another of her novels. Her latest releases are Voyagers, a paranormal mystery/adventure, and the Twisted Tails short story anthology, in which she is a contributing author. Presently Kathy is working on Full Wolf Moon’s sequel, Bitten.

Her work has been reviewed by the Gothic Journal as “stunning” and “fresh” with suspense that “is razor sharp.” The Eternal Night Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Website calls her work “totally addictive,” and Lea Schizas, founder of The Muse It Up Club and Apollo’s Lyre, says, “K.L. Nappier will be one of those authors where readers eagerly await to purchase her next book.”
 
Her novels are in paperback and ebook at http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com/ . Check on her updates at  http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com/phpBB2/index.php under Meet the Authors.

 

CONTACT KATHY

 

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School visits in Citrus, Marion, Hernando, and Levy counties

 

Barbara Cairns: As a child growing up in CT, I loved animals and enjoyed writing about them. My dream of traveling to Africa on safari led to my writing many stories about African animals.       

 

I started working with children early, as a Sunday School Teacher. By the time I finished high school, I was responsible for supervising several Sunday school classes. Because of my work in that small New England church, the pastor encouraged me to enter the teaching field, something I’ve been grateful for ever since.

 

After attending Teacher’s College in Connecticut, my wanderlust took me to Seattle, Washington where I taught 30 first graders how to read, write and do arithmetic, how to sculpt animals from papier mache, and how to perform the Nutcracker Suite for the folks at the central office. While in Seattle , I was awarded a full scholarship to study for my Masters Degree in Deaf Education at Columbia University and Lexington School for the Deaf in NY. After obtaining my degree, I returned to Seattle where I taught deaf children for several years.

 

When the travel bug bit me again, I joined the Department of Defense Dependents Schools and landed an assignment at Goose Bay , Labrador . While there, I was sent to Washington , D.C. to develop guidelines for seven principals in the Atlantic region of DODDS to set up their first Special Education classrooms. As a result of my research, I wrote and presented three Special Education documents, which became the basis for several new classrooms for Children At Risk.

 

My next assignment took me to Bamberg , Germany . This place remains very special to me because this is where I met my future husband, a Brit named Ian. We moved and married in the Canal Zone in the Republic of Panama , where we lived and worked for many years.

 

While teaching in a Canal Zone school with no library, I wrote a 30-page proposal to start a new school library and then followed it to fruition. Because there were no funds for a librarian the first year, we used parent volunteers!  When I couldn’t find the materials I wanted for a summer school project, I developed my own. The result was the publication of teacher manuals, student workbooks and playing cards.  I also wrote stories based on the Inuits in Labrador which were published in 4th grade readers. My other writing ventures included interviewing “yachties” who transited the Panama Canal in their beautiful yachts and writing about their worldly adventures for a California-based yachting magazine and also writing monthly columns for the local newspaper.

 

As time passed, I became a Master Teacher, teaching not only children in grades K-6, but also classes for teachers. I traveled back to Germany where I set up a new special education classroom in Frankfurt , and  later was sent to Munich with Host Nation teachers to write a new manual. I was selected as one of 15 teachers worldwide to attend a Smithsonian Writing Course where we used all the museums and the zoo to write our assignments. I came back and turned my classroom into a museum where my special education students “WOWed “ the rest of the school with 45-minute tours.

 

Eventually, as much as I enjoyed teaching, The “Powers That Be” encouraged me to become an administrator, which I also enjoyed for many years before retiring in 1999. Getting into classrooms to teach writing remains a highlight of my years as principal. Throughout the years, outside of school, I continued to write, getting stories, articles, and poems published in magazines, newspapers, anthologies, online sites and in 4th grade readers.

 

Since I retired in Florida , I became fascinated by the state’s wonderful history. The result is a book titled CRACKER COW: A Narrative of Florida History.  I’ve also been involved with the Citrus County School Readiness Coalition, the World’s Biggest Baby Shower, and volunteering in local school, teaching writing and geography.

 

My current writing projects include children’s stories, articles, online monthly columns titled “If You’re Not Growing, You’re Dying” and interviewing and writing Volunteer Spotlights for a local newspaper. I recently won First Place in the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Writing Workshop Essay Contest.

 

When not traveling, I volunteer weekly at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and also present the park’s monthly Reading with Rocky programs.  

 

There are lots of adventures ahead…   for me to experience, for me to write about, and for me to share with children in classrooms.

 

I look forward to sharing them with you.  You can contact me for school visits at

wordpainter@tampabay.rr.com or at www.crackercow.com .

 

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ILLINOIS

 

J. D. (Dave) Webb resides in Forsyth, Illinois with his wife of 40 years and their toy poodle, Ginger. Writing has been a life-long interest and Dave became a full-time author in 2002.  He spent 25 years in corporate management at the A. E. Staley Mfg. Co. after a tour of the Philippines and Viet Nam compliments of the Air Force, then 11 years owning a shoe repair and sales store in Clinton, Illinois. He has written numerous short stories, has three novels under contract and is halfway through his fourth.

 

J. D. Webb will be available for school visits in the Decatur area in Illinois.

 

CONTACT J. D. WEBB

 

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MASSACHUSETTS

 

BOSTON


Born and raised in New York City, Margaret Fieland has been around art and music all her life. She is  the mother of three grown sons, an accomplishhed flute and piccolo player and the daughter of a painter. Her poems, articles and children's stories have appeared in, amoung others, Main Channel Voices, Echolocation,  and Stories for Children Magazine.  She is a regular contributor to Femme Vip  http://www.femmevip.com
She is at work on a children's book, "The Ugly Little Boy." You may visit her website, http://www.margaretfieland.com

 

Peggy is available to visit schools in Boston and surrounding suburbs, parts of Rhode Island nearest Mass.

 

CONTACT MARGARET FIELAND

 

WESTERN MASS

 

 

Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a contributor for Writer2Writer.  Her articles help writers increase productivity through time management and organization.  A member of Musing Our Children, Ms. Malandrinos is also the new editor of Musing Our Children's quarterly newsletter, Pages & Pens.
 
Cheryl is a Tour Coordinator for Pump Up Your Book Promotion and an experienced blogger.  Cheryl's first children's book will be released by Guardian Angel Publishing in the fall of 2010.  She lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and three children.


Cheryl is available for schools in Wilbraham, Springfield, Palmer, Ludlow, Ware, East Longmeadow, and Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Contact Cheryl for a school visit

 

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Lowell, MA – Southern NH

Beth Ann Mammola-Koravos was born June 6, 1968. She spent her childhood in Milford , N.H.  She is the youngest of five girls and was raised by her mother. Her father died when she was very young.

Beth was raised in Catholic faith, and grew up right around the corner from her family's church. Her church played a big part in her younger years. She not only attended classes and Mass weekly, but also spent many hours playing in the stream behind the church.

Beth was an Executive Secretary prior to her marriage. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband Charlie and their three daughters: Allison, Alexandria , and Olivia. Beth has been a homemaker since the birth of their first daughter over twelve years ago.  Beth’s love for her family and her faith are her greatest inspirations.

“Good Night God, Love Olivia”

“Lilly, the Littlest Cricket”

My presentation is about 40 minutes long; I have everything your school will need for a successful reading and signing.   My presentation is geared for children from preschool to about 4th grade.  The presentation is different for each grade level.

Please visit my website for additional information: www.starsndreams.com

CONTACT BETH

 

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NORTH CAROLINA

 

Wakefield Community in Wake Forest, NC.  But I could also go to a grammar school in near-by Raleigh.  I can't do morning presentations, and would prefer to not do a presentation each day, but could possibly do one on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
 
My name is Martha Guthrie, I have been a writer all my life, but for my own enjoyment. However, a few years ago I did have an article published in Alamance Magazine about establishing a backyard wildlife habitat, and how to get it federally recognized.     I also had a recipe and an article on dealing with chronic illness published in a newsletter that is distributed throughout the USA by mail. 
 
I am a long-time member of Burlington Writers Club, in Burlington, NC and am a student of Long Ridge Writers' Group.  I would be happy to do a presentation on reading/writing to children in my area.  
 
I retired from my position as a court reporter in 1995 due to disability.   However, I remain in my own home, and am completely self-sufficient except for lawn care.  I use a power wheelchair IF I have to stand or walk far so it would be a great opportunity to introduce disability to young children as well.  I also have a service dog (retired due to age) that can come along and lie beside me - not work, but can wear her vest and be another learning tool.  She, until this year, helped me balance and walk, but only carries my purse these days - and her treats. Younger children have been interested in "meeting" a dog with a job in the past. 
 
I love reading, and relate well to children.  Many times they simply come up to me when I'm shopping and start talking.   I have no children's book published, but have written a poem I'm hoping can be sold as a picture book, or to Highlights, or a similar publication.
 
CONTACT MARTHA and inquire about her rates.
 
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NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

Lisa J. Jackson fell in love with writing as a young girl when she received her first diary. Creating stories and friendships on the page has kept her entertained for many years. 

She has various writing interests that range from children to adult, fiction to personal essay. Her published works include flash fiction, NH nature stories, and community journalism, as well as book reviews and author interviews.

She writes fiction under "Lisa Haselton" and links to published works can be found on her website:
http://lisahaselton .tripod.com.

Lisa looks forward to sharing her passion of reading and writing with today's youth. Creativity, in any form, goes a long way to personal development and self-confidence.

 

Lisa is available to visit schools located at: Southern NH,
Nashua and surrounding towns.

 

Contact Lisa

 

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NEW JERSEY

 

Bergen County, NJ:

Donna McDine is a native of Rockland County , New York and lives with her husband and two daughters.  She is a graduate of the Institute of Children ’s Literature and is a member of the SCBWI and The National Writing for Children Center .

 

Although her background is in office management, she focuses her creative energies on writing for children and young adults.  Using her children, extended family, and their friends as inspiration, she consistently studies the children’s magazine markets for submittal of articles and short stories.  Donna also continues to participate in children and young adult writing workshops and critique groups on an ongoing basis to sharpen her writing skills..

 

She is also busy fine-tuning a historical fiction manuscript and the first three chapters have been requested by an agent for consideration.

 

Publishing credits include:

 

Non-fiction: “What’s Not A Fish, But Is Called A Fish,” July 2007 issue of Stories for Children Magazine. 

 

Fiction: “Trouble in the Park,” June 2007 issue of A Long Story Short.

 

Contributing article: “The Worthy Writer’s Conference” – June 2007, The National Writing for Children Center .  A synopsis of attending the Writer’s Digest Writers Conference, held May 30, 2007 in New York City .

 

Links:

Blog:
 
Website: 
 
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Based on his 35-years as an award-winning journalist and publicist,

Larry Moniz has crafted a marketing plan and guide for new and

aspiring authors to promote their books. Entitled “Self-Promotion

for Authors” the book available on CD, or as a trade paperback,

provides a step-by-step plan for authors to conduct a promotional

campaign in the manner of professional book publicists and public

relations practitioners.

 

Larry Moniz is no stranger to the book industry; in the first half of

the 1980s he was an account supervisor at a the major New York City public relations agency that helped Harlequin Books to become the dominant figure in the romance genre.  Other clients have included Shorewood Fine Arts Books and individual authors. 

 

He holds a dozen Journalism writing awards and was senior account

supervisor on the Coleco Cabbage Patch Kids account, one of the major product publicity successes of the mid-1980s.  In addition to being a member of the Mystery Writers of America, he’s a former member of the Society of Professional Journalists,Working Press Association, Garden State Journalists, Society of Environmental Journalists, and the association of Military Reporters and Editors. In addition to being a member of the Mystery Writers of America, he’s a former member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Working Press Association, Garden State Journalists, Society of Environmental Journalists, International Radio and Television Society, Publicity Club of New York and the association of Military Reporters and Editors.

                                     

More on the author and his books may be found at

www.LarryMoniz.com and information on

“Self-Promotion for Authors is available at

http://www.larrymoniz.org/gpage2.html

 

Larry Moniz is available to visit schools in these areas:

from Warren County, NJ, or from Easton or Bethlehem, PA.

 

CONTACT LARRY

 

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NEW YORK

 

Rockland County, NY:

Donna McDine is a native of Rockland County , New York and lives with her husband and two daughters.  She is a graduate of the Institute of Children ’s Literature and is a member of the SCBWI and The National Writing for Children Center .

 

Although her background is in office management, she focuses her creative energies on writing for children and young adults.  Using her children, extended family, and their friends as inspiration, she consistently studies the children’s magazine markets for submittal of articles and short stories.  Donna also continues to participate in children and young adult writing workshops and critique groups on an ongoing basis to sharpen her writing skills..

 

She is also busy fine-tuning a historical fiction manuscript and the first three chapters have been requested by an agent for consideration.

 

Publishing credits include:

 

Non-fiction: “What’s Not A Fish, But Is Called A Fish,” July 2007 issue of Stories for Children Magazine. 

 

Fiction: “Trouble in the Park,” June 2007 issue of A Long Story Short.

 

Contributing article: “The Worthy Writer’s Conference” – June 2007, The National Writing for Children Center .  A synopsis of attending the Writer’s Digest Writers Conference, held May 30, 2007 in New York City .

 

Links:

Blog:
 
Website: 
 
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Nancy Famolari is currently retired. She has a Ph.D. in Human Development/ Measurement and Statistics and has taught grade school, high school and college. She has published short stories in Long Story Short, Lyrica and Matters of the Heart from the Museitup Press. She is currently revising a young adult novel featuring a
Standardbred Horse Breeding Farm.

 

She is available to visit schools in Northeast Pennsylvania between Scranton and Binghamton, NY.

 

CONTACT NANCY FAMOLARI

 

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NORTH CAROLINA

 

Location(s): Huntersville, North Carolina & Charlotte, North Carolina (inquire about other schools in Mecklenburg County)

 

Tina Marie Frawley is a freelance writer originally from Connecticut who recently relocated to North Carolina with her husband Jerry, a fellow writer, and their yellow Lab, Buck.

 

Her publishing credits include magazines such as Just Labs Magazine, The Fugitive Post, and Country's Best Log Homes. Tina Marie also works as a copywriter for InfoSearch Media Inc., writing for the web. Other publishing credits include Nashville Paw, Move.com, WOW!-Women on Writing - E-zine and Chester County Paralegal Association Newsletter.

 

www.TinaMarieFrawley.com

www.TheFreelanceWritersLounge.Blogspot.com

 

EMAIL TINA MARIE FRAWLEY

 

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OAKLAHOMA

Can visit schools located within an hour and a half of Stillwater

 

Lori Z. Scott, award winning author and former first grade teacher, loves visiting classrooms.  A storyteller at heart, she captivates audiences with her enthusiasm and humor. You can preview the first two titles in her new children’s fiction series, MEGHAN ROSE ON STAGE and MEGHAN ROSE HAS ANTS IN HER PANTS, on her website at www.MeghanRoseSeries.com. Students, teachers,

and parents will all appreciate the site’s fun activities and handy

ideas—all beautifully brought to life by illustrator Stacy Curtis. (More of Stacy’s work can be seen at www.stacycurtis.com.)

 

In addition to the MeghanRose series, Lori is author of  BUSY MOMS' DEVOTIONS TO GO, has contributed to over a dozen books (including MOPS International’s  REAL MOMS and 2007 Eppie Award winning science fiction book, INFINITE SPACE, INFINITE GOD) and has published over thirty short stories, poems, articles, devotions, and puzzles for children, teens, and adults.

 

CONTACT LORI 

 

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PENNSYLVANIA

 

Jan will visits schools and libraries in northwestern Lehigh
County, Pennsylvania.

 

Jan E. Fetherolf-Shick:  (I can’t steal Lea Schizas’ “self-induced coma of 23 years” as described in “Assaulting a Writer’s Thinking.” But quite possibly I walked through a 33 year twilight zone before I decided to travel again on the road to a writing career. Is it my imagination or is it harder than I remembered?)

Jan has lived the majority of her life in northwestern Lehigh County, in the same farmhouse in which she lives today with her husband, Bob.

Thirty three years after quitting college, Jan enrolled in the Special Publishing Course with the Institute of Children’s Literature. Jan completed the course in 2006 and have been plugging away, trying to mix some writing in with a full-time job and household chores.

Jan has been published in MAGAZINE MARKETS FOR CHILDREN’S WRITERS 2007, KID MAGAZINE WRITERS, and STORIES FOR CHILDREN MAGAZINE. Articles accepted for possible future publication are with NATURE FRIEND MAGAZINE, AMERICAN GIRL, and WEE ONES.

Contact: Jan E. Fetherolf-Shick

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SOUTH CAROLINA

 

Elysabeth Eldering is the author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad (JGDS), 50-state, mystery, trivia series.  If you like Jeopardy! and geography, you will enjoy following her characters as they play a handheld game that offers them clues to the states.  Each book will concentrate on one state.  Study guides are also available to supplement the clues in the books, making this series cross curriculum.  School visits are interactive and can concentrate on the writing process or state related activities.  Travel arrangements can be made for out of Anderson County with Elysabeth at her contact page.  For more information on fees and programs for school visits, please check out Elysabeth's website. 
 

 

CONTACT ELYSABETH

 

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TENNESSEE

 

 NASHVILLE

Donna Getzinger is an award-winning author of historical novels for middle grade readers and non-fiction biographies for Young Adults.  She is also a professional actress and singer.  Donna has 13 children's books in print, with a 14th coming out in 2008, and has been published in many magazines and anthologies. She has specific programs designed for her Civil War era novel The Picture Wagon and her California Gold Rush novel For a Speck of Gold (Denlinger's Publishers www.thebookden.com)  She also has a program for her mainstream children's novel Special which is about a girl dealing with the pressure of being the younger sister of an Autistic brother.  For Musing the Children week she would be interested in leading workshops with students 8-12 or 12-17 on how to create stories out of interesting things they've learned about history. 

 

Donna's website: www.authorsden.com/donnagetzinger.html

 

CONTACT DONNA GETZINGER for more information on her school workshops and rates.

 

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TEXAS

 

North Texas: Wichita Falls and area towns, to Denton

 

Beverly Stowe McClure is a native Texan, living in the country outside of Iowa Park. She is a retired teacher and now teaches a women's Sunday school class and is Community Volunteer Chairman for her local retired teachers' organization. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. To relax she plays the piano and works on scrapbooks for her grandchildren. She would love to visit your school, grades K through middle school, to read to your students, talk to them about writing and their favorite books, and even play games with them.

 

My Web site is www.beverlystowemcclure.com 
My blogs are: http://beverlyjean.livejournal.com and http://www.myspace.com/beverlywriter.

 

I taught children from second grade through fifth grade, and would love to visit your school. Thanks.

 

For Beverly's rates, please contact her or check out her website.

Email Beverly

 

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Amarillo ISD, Amarillo, TX; Canyon ISD, Canyon, TX;

 

Raised in Texas, Dianne Sagan has written over 35 editorials for a regional newspaper. A member of Panhandle Professional Writers, she has degrees in History and Communications. Experiences include single parenting, community volunteering, seminar facilitation, and ghostwriting. She is working on two novels and a series of Christian fiction novellas.

 

Dianne would be interested in talking to the middle grades and/or high schools about becoming a writer.

 

CONTACT DIANNE

 

RATES:

$75.00 for one class
$100.00 for half day
$200.00 for full day

 

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Jessica Kennedy writes inspirational/ Christian adult essays, currently working on a memoir of her stroke (science or biology teachers might be interested in having her visit their class for her medical status. Technically, she's on life support, a ventilator, and is a quadriplegic.

 

She writes children's MG novels. Hasrecently begun working on short stories. She is prepublished in the children's field.

 

She has experience speaking to a continuing education class for respiratory therapists. 

 

Until mid November she could visit schools in McKinney, Plano, Richardson, Dallas, and the surrounding area. After November, she will be available to visit schools in East Texas.  It would be in the area around Mineola.

 

CONTACT JESSICA

 

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Earl Staggs, Editorial Consultant for Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine and former President of the Short Mystery Fiction Society, has known the thrill of seeing his short stories appear in numerous magazines and anthologies.  One of his short mystery stores brought home a Derringer Award in 2002.  His novel, "Memory of a Murder," featuring psychic investigator Adam Kingston, is available through Amazon and most bookstores. 

 

Earl Staggs will be available to visit schools around the Fort Worth area, and possibly Dallas.

 

CONTACT EARL STAGGS 

 

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UTAH

 

Clint Johnson is a freelance writer and certified collegiate Writing Advisor who lives in the Salt Lake City area.  Currently, he works at the Salt Lake Community College Writing Center. 

 

His publishing credentials include short fiction, journalism, academic essays, and writing and critiquing commentary. Additionally, he spent much of last year doing technical writing for the San Diego based advertising company, Atlantic Marketing.  His most recent publication, "The Tombstone Tree", can be found in the Aleatory's Junction anthology published by Double Dragon. 

 

He currently serves as a board member of the Oquirrh Writers Group, a chapter of the League of Utah Writers, for which he contributes to and distributes a monthly newsletter on writing, and is a former member of the Horror Writers of America.  He is also the winner of numerous awards, including the 2006 LUW Novel of the Year.

 

Clint is available to visit schools in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

CONTACT CLINT JOHNSON

 

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VS Grenier is a freelance children’s author and editor of a children’s magazine and newsletter for writers.  Her works include short stories, articles, and crafts for children and newsletter articles for writers.  VS Grenier started, Stories for Children Magazine, a free E-zine for children 3 to 12 years old and newsletter, Stories for Children Newsletter for Writers, because she loves to share the World of Ink with all those around her.
 
She graduated from High School without a clue to who she wanted to be.  The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising was suggested and VS Grenier worked her way from part-time sales to buyer in the world of teen and ladies’ fashion.  VS Grenier retired as a Buyer of Junior and Ladies fashions so she could be home with her two wonderful children.   
 
Being home with two kids, she found herself journaling stories about their childhood.  From there stories just seemed to pop into her head.  That’s how she came across The Institute of Children’s Literature. Through the ICL, VS Grenier learned how to hone her writing skills.  She also joined writing groups to network with others who had the same passion, writing for children.    VS Grenier started writing for children’s magazines a year after the birth of her daughter and has published over 10 short stories and articles. 
 
“Having others read what you have written and giving feedback not only makes you a better writer, but you start to understand how a well written story’s voice captures the reader, drawing them into your world of ink,” states VS Grenier.
 
A California girl at heart, she currently lives in Utah with her husband, their two children, and the family’s two big fat cats, Mr. Q and Speed Bump.  VS Grenier’s hobbies include: reading, gardening, interior design, scrapbooking, camping, biking, and singing.  She’s a big Harry Potter fan and has admitted to reading each book five times each.   She also loves “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”.    
 
She continues to write books, articles, and short stories for children and teens; finding that it keeps her young.  She even dresses up for Halloween and still believes in Santa Claus. 
 
 

Places I can visit: All of Utah, Nevada, and California.

 

RATES:

 

For more information regarding VS Grenier visiting your school before, during, and after Appreciation week and to view the workshops she offers, please visit her website at: http://vsgrenier.com

 

CONTACT VS GRENIER

 

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Wisconsin

Elkhart Lake

 

Barbara Techel, author of the children’s book “Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll dog” lives in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.  When Frankie ruptures a disk in her back and becomes paralyzed she is custom fit for a dog cart.  The “little dog with tires” inspires everyone she meets!  The books teach kids that we all have challenges and we should always look for positive ways in which to deal with our challenges.  Frankie’s motto is:  “Be positive and keep on rolling!”

 

Barbara and Frankie are available for school and library presentations within a 100 mile radius from their home.  Presentations include introduction of Frankie, a complete reading of “Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog,” discussion of challenges and making positive choices and finally time for Q & A.  Frankie’s example of living a quality life in  wheelchair is a wonderful lesson for children.

 

Please visit Barbara’s website www.joyfulpaws.com for more information or contact her by email at joyfulpaws@yahoo.com

 

 
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