Saturday, May 2, 2020

High-impact, high-interest virtual author visits - "best in 30 years"

For the past 20 years, I have had the great privilege of speaking in hundreds of elementary, middle, and high schools worldwide. 

At the moment, and for an indefinite length of time, authors are unable to do that.

So for the first time, I am offering virtual visits for schools able to incorporate author enrichment into your distance learning.

“Phenomenal, engaging, funny, charismatic, and informative, but most of all, authentic. Nobleman captivated the audience. His presentation tied in perfectly with our writing units. I’ve never seen students respond to a presenter the way ours have with Nobleman.”
—Jodi Peterson, 3rd grade teacher, Forbuss Elementary, Las Vegas, NV

The method of delivery is different, but my goals are the same: motivate, educate, and entertain. 

My assembly is a twist-filled true story (unprecedented in childrens literature) that brings people to tears. More like a play than a presentation, it is driven by suspense and is enhanced by the reactions of an in-person audience. When possible, I will be reserving it for in-person visits.

My interactive, inclusive virtual programs:

  • Classmate Clash: Like the game show Family Feud, but with friends! Half of a class/group competes against the other half to answer unconventional trivia questions about my diverse range of books and related historical/cultural topics. (But no prep work required.) 
  • Outsmart the Author: In advance, students read some of my picture books and prepare questions for me about my own work—the harder the better! When we meet virtually, students try to stump me with those questions. See below for eBook links and other resources for home-based learning.
  • Delicious Deleted Scenes: I share surprising stories that did not make into my nonfiction books and the varied reasons why. Some are funny, some are crazy, all are fascinating, and all give eye-opening insight into the adventurous process of research/writing.
  • First Line Face-Off: Students write as irresistible a hook as they can, submit them privately, then vote blindly for any that entice them to keep reading. Hilarious, helpful, and accessible, even for reluctant writers! Plus prizes! Real ones, which I will mail!

Each program is guaranteed to reinforce the hard work educators are doing daily. Upon request I am happy to provide specific academic/character development connections each program makes. I am also open to requests tailored to your population.

“In 30 years of hosting best-selling authors, Marc’s presentation was the best I have ever witnessed. Judging from the student response, he transformed what it means to be a writer.”
—Karen Palko, middle school teacher, International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Ways to save:

  • REFER ME: I will reduce your rate by $50 for every school you refer to me that books me for a virtual visit. Each school must indicate that you referred them and commit before your visit takes place. 
  • BOOK ME FOR IN-PERSON: If you book me for a virtual visit and then book me for an in-person visit for a date within a year of our virtual visit, I will discount the second visit (my day rate is currently $2,500 plus travel for multiple presentations). 
  • IF YOU’RE A PUBLIC SCHOOL THAT HASN’T HOSTED AN AUTHOR: I’m doing two free 30-minute virtual visits per month for public schools that have not hosted an author visit in the past three years. First-come, first-Zoomed!

These terms are good until your students return to school in person (or until further notice).

“Consummate professional. Very animated, humorous, and respectful. The kids were riveted throughout. As our head of school said, ‘He speaks kid.’ One teacher said it’s one of the very best author assemblies she’s seen in her 25 years here.”
—Cynthia Millman, library co-director, Town School, New York, NY


Using selected books in home-based learning:

Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman

Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman

Brave Like My Brother

The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra

Fairy Spell: How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairies Are Real

Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot's World War II Story

Whether by stage or screen, I remain committed to helping educators and parents instill in young people a love of reading, writing, and research.

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