Author Visits for Schools & Events
Lindsey Leavitt is a former elementary school and K-12 substitute teacher. She’s taught in hundreds of schools over the last twenty years and traveled to twenty two states (Maine, North Dakota, and Alaska—call her!). She writes for all grades and all ages, but currently focuses on elementary and middle school readers. Maybe next year she’ll write a book for adults or babies. Maybe she’ll travel and eat gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. And then write a book about grilled cheese sandwiches so she can count it all as research. Or maybe the grilled cheese sandwich, we’ll call him Colby, is a world traveler. She absolutely calls dibs on this idea.
Lindsey would love to speak at your school, library, or soiree—in-person or virtual. Check out her tips for a successful author visit and fill out the form below to book Lindsey for an assembly, keynote, workshop, panel, conference or to present her with a key to the city even though she tends to lose keys.
Tips for an Author Visit
Invite the right author
This might seem obvious, but anyone who has sat through a (seemingly endless) presentation with the wrong person in the wrong place would agree that a little curation goes a long way. Ask what genre/age the author writes for. Ask what ages the presentation is geared towards. Ask if there are curriculum tie-ins and cross-curriculum elements that you can incorporate in the classroom. Share your school needs so the author can individualize their presentation to size/community/curriculum. Ask for references. Being a stellar writer doesn’t guarantee dynamic speaking. School visits take planning and expense on your end, so invest in someone who will provide a meaningful experience.
Gear the presentation for your audience
Lindsey caters her presentation for different grades and curriculum needs.
Her presentation usually includes:
- A reading from early author works. Like elementary school early.
- Illustrations, hilariously, included.
- Author life: everyday demands and pathway to publication.
- Breakdown of writing process: brainstorming, first drafting, revising, critiquing, finding a publisher, more revising, copy editing
- Examples of rejection letters, manuscripts, editorial letters, and deleted scenes.
- Interactive look into how to research a book, from idea to publication.
- And assorted laughs, guffaws, and giggles. Guaranteed.
Plan ahead. Like way ahead.
Lindsey books her in-person speaking engagements months in advance. Virtual visits offer more flexibility, but also fill up faster.
Schools should have appropriate equipment and tech, including projector, screen, microphone, and hook-ups where needed. For writing workshops or smaller class sizes, ensure the students have paper and pencils to write.
Lindsey offers up to four (4) events per day, in-person or virtual, including any combination of the following:
- School Assembly
- Classroom/library presentation
- Breakout sessions/workshops
- Student lunch, interview with school newspaper, parent/teacher discussion, or book signing.
Schools can share visits between two schools for in-person visits. School districts can also book Lindsey for a full day or week of virtual visits and arrange presentations according to age and grade.
Prepare the students
Students should know who Lindsey is and what she write. It makes for a super awesome experience if the students have read at least part of her book before the visit. Copies of Lindsey’s book(s) should be available to students for purchase through a school order form. Pre-event sales can be arranged through a local bookstore or with her publisher. Book purchases not only support the author, but they make the experience extra special for the student. What could be more memorable than an autographed book from an author you saw spoke in the exact same multi-purpose room you eat your favorite sandwiches? PS—Lindsey will now go eat a sandwich since this is the second time she brought it up. Also! Provide a lunch for Lindsey. Sandwiches welcome.
Request a Visit
SURPRISE! Lindsey is offering a select number of FREE virtual visits this fall to schools who buy a select number of copies of Willis Wilbur Wows the World or Willis Wilbur Meets His Match. Yep. FREE! You’ve made it this far. Fill out the form already.
“Lindsey does an amazing job connecting with students and presenting in a way that captivates them. She’s hilarious and relatable. My second graders left the presentation wanting to write their own stories. She made my students feel more confident in their writing abilities and wanting to read more. She writes a wide variety of books for a wide variety of readers. I love that she has something for all of my students, both low and high. I highly recommend her books as well as her presentation for any grade!” —Bayley Lange, 2nd grade teacher, Bell View Elementary
“Lindsey Leavitt’s presentation was so inspiring to our students that the excitement continued long after her visit. She had the rapt attention of both our 7th and 8th grade students throughout both assemblies. Lindsey also attended a luncheon in the library in which she gave special attention to a select group of students and teachers alike. Her upbeat personality makes her instantly likeable and sets the stage for a positive visit. I highly recommend her and make sure you have plenty of her books on hand because they will be highly requested!” —Traci Dill, Librarian, La Joya Middle School
“Lindsey’s light hearted sense of humor and approachability won over our students quickly. A lot of them could not wait to read her work and were fascinated about her writing process!” —Mark Frye, Library-Media Specialist, North Myrtle Beach Middle School
“Lindsey is our hero! When Lindsey talks about her journey to become an author, it is so powerful and inspiring. I love that she is a writer for all ages, the kids can start with her chapter books, continue into her middle grade books and still be reading Lindsey’s books into high school! That’s a real treat to be able to read your favorite author throughout the best years of your childhood. What are you waiting for? Book her now!” —Nikki Bylina-Streets, Librarian, Goolsby Elementary School
“Lindsey shared the inspiration behind the book as well as her secrets about planning, titles, and even rejection. Right there on camera, she unrolled this long string of rejections that came before her first published book and really inspired the kids to be persistent with their dreams. Her enthusiasm and sense of humor made this a great way to end our day.” —Kate Messner, author, educator and host of World Read Aloud Day
“The fifth grade teachers were so happy that Lindsey shared her journals and writing experiences with the students. The writing coordinator said that it tied in with what they have been teaching the students. Lindsey was a hit!” —Lynn Marie Hartman, Library Media Specialist, John S. Park Elementary