Crafting Successful Author Visits

With Peter P. Jacobi, Carmen Oliver and Jan Cheripko

April 29 - May 4, 2018

Create and deliver an impressive school visit with our faculty by your side.

School visits are a powerful way to get your book into the hands of readers. But how do you take what you’ve written or illustrated and turn it into an attention-grabbing presentation for kids? In “Crafting Successful Author Visits,” you will learn strategies for creating and delivering engaging talks, information on developing materials for teachers and students, and guidelines for developing other promotional tools.

Peter Jacobi, journalism professor and former newsman for NBC and ABC, will coach you in the fundamentals of public speaking. Peter will teach the seven essential parts of speech writing as well as tips for audience engagement.

Carmen Oliver and Jan Cheripko will advise you in the creation or revision of your presentation intended for a school audience. In addition to one-to-one feedback on your presentation, Jan and Carmen will accompany you to an on-site school visit during the workshop.

Along with the fundamentals of public speaking and material preparation for your school visit, you will receive an overview of other marketing techniques, including social and traditional media.

This workshop is not to be missed for any author or illustrator who would like to develop or refine their school presentations. School visits sell books. Join us for this hands-on workshop designed to make your school visits a success!

Faculty Blog Posts:
Peter Jacobi: On Conducting Interviews
Day 4: The School Visit
Jan Cheripko–The Key to a Successful Presentation: Listen to Your Audience
Peter Jacobi: 5 Myths That Published Writers Need to Banish
Faculty Interview: Carmen Oliver
Peter Jacobi: Five simple rules to minimize the dangers of public appearances

Please note: We are still adding faculty to this workshop.

About the Leaders

Peter Jacobi

Peter P. Jacobi

Peter is professor emeritus of journalism at Indiana University and a consultant with magazines and corporations, helping CEOs, writers, and editors learn to express their ideas more effectively. His articles have appeared in World Book, the New York Times, Highlights,and others. His two guidebooks, The Magazine Article: How to Think It, Plan It, Write It […]

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Carmen Oliver

Carmen Oliver

Carmen Oliver is the author of picture book Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies about which Kirkus said, “Children will surely want their own large brown reading buddies after listening to this book about the joys and challenges of reading,” as well as the forthcoming nonfiction picture book The Favio Chavez Story. In 2014, she founded […]

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Jan Cheripko

Jan Cheripko

Jan Cheripko is author of seven books for children and young adults, including the award-winning YA novel,Imitate the Tiger. For more than twenty-five years, Mr. Cheripko worked with at-risk teens at a private school in upstate New York. He has been a featured author at NCTE, IRA, and numerous regional, state and local educational conferences. […]

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