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Author visits

"Phenomenal!"

 That's what one teacher exclaimed after our school visit.

We travel extensively teaching writing workshops.

We do an interactive and fun story-creation workshop program with students of any age -- it’s wildly entertaining and very educational. 

With the audience we brainstorm a story all together, and then compose and illustrate the beginning of a story, right there on the spot.
Students always leave this program excited about writing and art and storytelling -- and teachers do, too.


"You're super magical!" - kindergarten boy, 2018

We WILL get your students excited about creating stories.

We'd love to visit your area. 

Email Charlie, my husband and bookings manager 

(and he's an author too!) 

and he will put you on our calendar.

cjbarshaw523@aol.com

Author visit rates and details

SCHOOL VISITS


We have been all over the country for events and love to travel. We will travel anywhere.


Travel expenses: $ .50 per mile from our house to the school and back. 

Meals are requested for schedules that require us to speak immediately before and after regular meal times. 

Hotel required for early morning visits or long drives (2.5+ hours). 

We live in Lansing, Michigan. 


1 hour-long session

$435 plus travel expenses.


2 hour long sessions in 1 day

$755 plus travel expenses and lunch (depending on schedule).


3 hour-long sessions in 1 day

$995 plus travel expenses and lunch.


After school / nighttime session

With a daytime session, $175 plus travel expenses and dinner (depending on schedule).
Without a daytime session, $435 plus travel expenses.


WE ASK YOU TO SUPPLY:

A chair, a table (6- or 8-foot is perfect), a mic if you have one, and a screen for our projector to show images onto. 

Also please make sure all audience members have paper to draw on and pencils. 

We recommend a spiral notebook or 4 to 6 sheets of copy paper. (Some children write and draw a LOT in our sessions.) 


WE WILL BRING:  

Our document camera and projector, our mic as a backup, and lots of creative ideas.  


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LIBRARY EVENTS


Travel expenses include $.50 per mile from my house to the event and back.


1 hour-long session

$150 plus travel expenses.


2-hour workshop to create a 12-page book

$300 plus travel expenses.


WE ASK YOU TO SUPPLY:

A chair, a table (6- or 8-foot is perfect), a mic if you have one, and a screen for our projector to show images onto. 

Also please make sure all audience members have paper to draw on and pencils. 

We recommend a few sheets of copy paper per person. 


WE WILL BRING:  

Our document camera and projector, our mic as a backup, and lots of creative ideas.  


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BOOK SALES 


We appreciate when a school or library holds a sale of my books. 


To make it easy, contact Charlie.
He will walk you through all the details.


(We recommend Schuler Books, our local independent bookstore. They'll sell my books at a discount. And they'll contact us so I can sign, personalize, and draw in each book.

We'll bring the books with us to your event or Schulers will ship them to you.

Or, choose your local bookstore and ask them for details.)


THANK YOU 

for considering bringing us to your school or library.


Questions? Charlie has the answers.  

Email cjbarshaw523@aol.com 

Publicizing our appearance at your event

Check out the Media page on my site for book covers and author photos to use in promoting your event.

Testimonials: "You're super magical!"

"Highly effective!"

Librarian, after a multi-event 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, Michigan  

"Keeps the audience engaged at all times"

Teacher, 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. 

"Phenomenal!"

Our nephew's teacher, after we kept the fifth-grade class continually engaged during a 90-minute session. Later we found out it was the day before Spring Break started. 


(It's rare that a school gives us that much time with one group. When they do, we use it wisely and keep the students busy.)

"You're super magical!"

Exclaimed to me by kindergartner Jayce M 

at K. C. Ling Elementary School as the kindergarten classes 

exited after my presentation in April, 2018.

Two girls reading Ellie McDoodle books

If I could have met a real author as a child...

My goal is to inspire the children I meet, to make them understand that I was born a normal average person like everyone else, and that with determination and hard work, they too can be authors -- or whatever they put their minds to.


If I could have met a real author when I was younger, I wouldn't have been so distressed, trying to find where I fit in the world. I would have known I should be an author and illustrator of children's books. 


And if I had known that it's okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them, I think I wouldn't have punished myself so much for making them all my life.