I love to do school visits! I believe in uplifting students and encouraging them to go for their dreams. My dream was to create social change through fiction. Every kid has a different dream and I want them to know they can do it. I also like to talk about easy ways to improve their writing. I’m also very open to whatever the school wants.
You can contact my publicist in charge of school visits if you’re interested in an in-person event.
PENS ON FIRE is designed as a book for teachers to give writing experiments to teens. I wrote it with Keren Taylor at WriteGirl (writegirl.org) when I was the Curriculum Director of WriteGirl. For years, Keren and I had worked together to create engaging monthly writing workshops for over 100 teens and mentors. Over the course of that time, many teens would tell us that they wished teachers at school taught writing this way.
If you are writing a book report on TRAFFICKED, go to my blog. I have many blog entries about my research and the issue of human trafficking in America and around the world.
Check my blog. Most of my thoughts on writing can be found there.
My favorite books on writing are:
THE ART OF FICTION
by John Gardner
WRITING DOWN THE BONES
by Natalie Goldberg
by Stephen King
THE ART OF DRAMATIC WRITING
by Lajos Egri