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Scroll down for links to school and library visits, rates, author photos, book sales, etc.

Give your students a head start on writing tips,
 journaling, creativity and self expression.


That’s what one teacher exclaimed as we left her school.

This is what a librarian said after a multi-day school and library visit:
"Ruth McNally Barshaw is an entertaining and humorous presenter. She is able to 
teach her audiences that their thoughts, words, and pictures have meaning 
and are important enough to document. While drawing, the author informs listeners on how to get ideas for writing by drawing first, then using call outs, and finally illustrating a story arc. Using a hands on approach, Mrs. Barshaw keeps students actively engaged by having them doodle along with her. Highly effective!"

      -- Liz Voorheis, MLIS, Head of Children & Teen Services, Willard Library, Battle Creek, MI.


I’d love to visit your area!

I’m an energetic speaker, happy to educate and entertain audiences of all ages with on-the-spot sketching. All session content is tailored to the audience -- always. And with Charlie's help, our
presentations are twice as fun.

What to expect:
Academic, practical, fun, audience-targeted presentations, every time. We take seriously what each age group wants or needs from our visit. Most boys and girls leave our sessions excited about creativity and journalling.
Most often our audiences range from age 3 - 14. 

Quick links
for school, library and bookstore visits

Bring me to your school - what to expect

Teacher resources including
bookmarks to download and print, a
teacher guide to the Ellie McDoodle books,
a few handouts, and more.

How to handle a book sale including
how to order books at a discount
sample order forms to send home with students

Testimonials from places we’ve visited

Bring me to your library.

Bring me to your bookstore.

Media page - author photos and book covers. You can use these to help promote your event.

Photo gallery of places we’ve visited


Don’t see what you’re looking for? Email us: cjbarshaw523@aol.com  or  ruthexpress@aol.com

One more testimonial:

Quote after a day of school visits
"Ruth McNally Barshaw truly understands how to inspire children and adults of all ages. Ruth's blend of actively sketching and showing her drawings while telling her "history" keeps the audience engaged at all times. Her real life examples of her hard work and perseverance toward following her dream of becoming a writer and illustrator helped the children see how dreams can come true."
           -- Linda Carmer, 2nd Grade Teacher,
              Midway Elementary, Holt, MI. (more here)


We're comfortable in front of large audiences as well as small.


Students enjoy our workshops -- we keep them engaged and
involved. When they leave they’re excited to keep working on
the story we developed together, and they have everything they
need to complete it alone or in the classroom. One teacher was amazed that her fourth graders stayed interested and actively
listening for 90 minutes -- on the last day before spring break!

RuthSigningBooksatBooklaunch4 byWhitneyspotts

Photo by the fabulous Whitney Spotts,
of the awesome Schuler Books,
at the book launch party for Ellie McDoodle book 4.

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