I love to speak to groups of all ages about writing, illustrating, the book making process and knitting. Bring me to your school or guild meeting.
"Kids were lined up for the "Pa Lia" books after Michelle's presentation! She had wonderful images to share and so many examples of the actual tools she used for her creative work. It brought the writing process to life."
Kathy Kaldenberg, Librarian/Media Specialist, Solon Community School District
Here's a list of my programs:
* Primary Age Readers : Picture + Story = Book
In Picture + Story = Book, a Power Point presentation, Michelle provides an enhanced reading experience that accentuates the way text and pictures can work together to create a story. A short introduction explains the writing and illustrating process. Choice of author’s awarding books: Chicken Man (picture book), or Pa Lia’s First Day (early chapter). (K-2, and Parent’s Groups) Picture + Book = Story is followed by a Question and Answer session. Each session runs 30-40 minutes. Optimum group size 100/120.
* Intermediate and Secondary Readers : Everything but the Kitchen Sink
In Everything but the Kitchen Sink, a Power Point presentation, I draw upon my extensive experience as an author/illustrator to explain the creative and technical process of creating a book. Using selected images, I cover the key points of story writing and illustration. Included are explanations of art techniques and computer illustration. By adjusting language and depth, this presentation can be geared to a wide range of groups: from second grade to high school. Everything but the Kitchen Sink is followed by a Question and Answer session. Each session runs approximately 45 minutes, but may extend to one hour with Q and A. Optimum group size 100/120.
* Knitting Guilds, Adult Writer’s Workshops : Knitting Stories
In Knitting Stories, I show how to find and craft stories from our knitting life. Perfect for those interested in short stories/personal memoir writing and blogging. Workshops run half/full day. Group size 20.
*Knitting Guilds and Book Groups : A Knitter's Life
In A Knitter's Life, I discusses the creative process and evolution of my hybrid knitting book, A Knitter’s Home Companion. A Knitter’s Life includes a selected reading, explanation and display of the book's projects. A Knitter’s Life is followed by a Question and Answer session. Each session runs approximately 45 minutes, but may extend to one hour with Q and A. Optimum group size 100/120.
NUMBER OF SESSIONS PER DAY:
Michelle does three sessions per day for a school visit, with the option to add on Picture+Story +Book for youngest students. To accommodate the needs of larger schools, assembly size is negotiable. As part of her program, Michelle will draw during her Q and A and leave her drawing for the school.
For schools visits, $1200 a day plus travel expenses. Michelle is located in Iowa City, Iowa and does offer a discount for schools within a 100 mile radius of her home. She enjoys traveling and would love visiting schools all over the US and abroad.