I LOVE doing school visits. So much so that I use all caps like this–I LOVE DOING SCHOOL VISITS. Look, I’ll even add excessive exclamation points!!!!!! (Okay, that’s enough. Always be frugal with your exclamation points, kids)
Schools may schedule up to four events per day, including any combination of the following:
Bonus: Free Books! Schedule a full day event, and receive three FREE books for your school library, as well as signed bookmarks for students.
Copies of my book(s) should be available to students in advance of any school visit. Students do not have to purchase my book, but should know who I am and what I write. Pre-event sales can be arranged through a local bookstore or with my publisher. Preorder forms included in author PDF.
Pajamas and Diet Coke: The Author’s Life
Lindsey begins by sharing her early works as an author. Like, elementary school early. Illustrations, sadly, included. From there, Lindsey discusses how her background in education prompted her to pursue a career as an author. She discusses the “life” of being an author, including everyday demands and her pathway to publication.
Revision AKA Writing is hard. And easy. And… both
This presentation follows the evolution of a story, from idea to a bound book. Writing a 10 page, or even 1 page paper can seem daunting to students. Lindsey breaks down the process—brainstorming, first drafting, revising, critiquing, finding a publisher, more revising, copy editing. Lindsey brings in examples of her rejection letters, manuscripts, editorial letters, and deleted scenes. Students will additionally have a chance to practice characterization and plotting.
Mice are Smart! Fun Facts about our Nation’s History and COMMANDER IN CHEESE
Centered around THE COMMANDER IN CHEESE seris, this presentation includes lots of cool facts about The White House and the presidents who lived there. Also discusses how Lindsey chooses her book topics, and what goes into creating a series. The presentation also includes a bit about the writing process and the life of an author. Common Core aligned educator guides, discussion questions, and activity sheets included!
Writing Workshop: Peer Correspondance aka Write a Note to your Beffie
In THE PAGES BETWEEN US, Piper and Olivia keep a top-secret notebook detailing their first year in middle school. Lindsey will share her experiences with letter writing, then brainstorm, outline, and begin a peer journal with students.
Writing Workshop: Journaling
In SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD, Payton is asked to keep a Focus Journal to help her deal with the grief surrounding her father’s MS diagnosis. Lindsey will discuss different kinds of therapeutic journaling, and help students brainstorm topics and narrative styles that work in their own journaling. Each student should have a journal for this activity.
Q&A Classroom Visits
Lindsey can visit one classroom or an entire grade! By traveling to different classrooms, Lindsey is able to have a more personal experience with each student. Students are often more likely to ask questions in a more intimate setting. Teachers can also ask Lindsey to focus the discussion on one particular educational topic.
“Thank you so much for coming to our school to share with our students. The fifth grade teachers were so happy that you shared your journals and writing experiences with the students. The writing coordinator said that it tied in with what they have been teaching the students. You were a hit!”
~Lynn Marie Hartman, Library Media Specialist, John S. Park Elementary
“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 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
NOW BOOKING VISITS FOR 2019-2020 school year.
Full day includes up to 4 presentations plus an author lunch/signing/parent night.
Half day includes 1-2 back-to-back presentations.
Multiple schools and libraries may also share travel cost. Additionally, 2 schools can share a day of visits if they are within reasonable driving distance.
Lindsey offers discount visits to schools in need. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for fees, eligibility and availability
“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 Skype guru
Skype is a great way for me to connect with readers without having to leave my very cozy home, or put on pants (note: I will wear pants. They just may not match my shirt). Because technology has made it so easy for me to connect with readers, I offer FREE 30 minute chat sessions via Skype with schools, libraries, and book clubs that have read my book(s).
Contact me for more information on scheduling a session. A session requires a computer, a webcam with microphone, speakers, a large projection screen and an account with Skype. Additional information from Random House