Working with a real, “live” author can be a wonderful experience for young people. I’d be happy to spend some time with your students, sharing my writing experiences, my poems, and my jokes. If we work together, we can make sure that my visit will be something the students will remember for some time.
When I visit a school, I try to work with the staff to present programs that are appropriate for your kids. I generally do two different types of programs. In my large group presentations (for 100-125 students), I talk about the writing process and my experiences as a writer. I also read my poems and answer questions. I can also conduct poetry writing workshops. Since interaction between the kids and me is a crucial part of a workshop, I ask that you limit workshop attendance to about 25 students.
I’ve found that in a successful author visit, a writer interacts with the students who are most interested in meeting with him/her. I will make up to four 45-60-minute presentations a day in a program that works best for you and your students. At some schools, for example, I begin the day with a large presentation and then conduct three writing workshops.