My Program - The FAQ’s
I talk about life as a professional photographer and writer, and where my career has taken me in the world and what goes into creating a photograph. I also talk about each book, perform poems and discuss how and why I did things the way I did. I also talk about my interests as a person and how that determines what projects I decide to do.
20 titles to my credit, I’m able to speak to all grades from K
through 12. The performance aspect is popular with everyone, teachers
and student teachers alike, but most of my books skew to middle school,
so that’s the group I speak to most.
My standard program is about 50 minutes plus 5-10 minutes for questions; about 30-40 minutes for kindergarten.
3 presentations are included in my fee. I prefer to have at least a 15 minute break between presentations to regroup. Anything after 3 presentations is an additional fee. You can also mix and match presentations and workshops if you choose. For instance, you could do 2 presentations and 1 workshop; a total of 3, for the same fee.
Yes. I now offer writing workshops, multiple day workshops, photography workshops, teacher in-services on how to teach poetry, PARP nights, and anything else you can think of. Over the years I’ve done numerous types of events, so feel free to ask for something different. Workshops are for one class period in middle or high school or 1 hour per group for other grades. Also, this year I’ve added, web cam poetry performances. For those that can’t quite afford a school visit but would like to see me perform my poetry, then try a web cam visit.
The simplest answer is to introduce the books to the kids in depth at least 3-4 weeks before the visit. They should also check out as much of my website as possible. Librarians can offer a webquest where students have to find specific info by navigating through the site. There’s nothing that aggravates an author more than to speak to a group who’s not familiar with their work. It gets the kids excited and allows them to ask informed questions when it’s done.
Yes, yes, a thousand times YES! Once kids (and teachers) see the books brought to life they will definitely want their own copies. Everyone misses out when my (or any author’s) books are not offered for sale. A book order will require time, organization and effort, but it’s not that hard and can also serve as a fundraiser for the school.
You can choose a number of ways; from ordering from the publisher (you get a great discount, but you do all the work), online (same thing), or my recommendation, ordering from a local bookstore. They will usually handle the orders and provide you with a discount that you can keep for fundraising or pass on to your students.
You should always sell before but order extras to have available on the day of the visit. (You only pay for what’s sold, so it’s ok to order more.) It’s important for students to be introduced to the books before the visit but even still, once I perform from my books, those that were reluctant to order before will most likely buy after.
My wife handles all bookings and once you fill out the request form, she will reply with the fee. Once you agree on the fee, the details will be hammered out between the two of you. As the date gets closer, you will provide a schedule for the day and she will inform you of my AV needs. Lunch will be agreed upon and if applicable, travel arrangements will be made one month prior to the visit.
You can book visits by filling out this form. Please fill out the form as thoroughly as possible for a speedy reply.