Author Talks & Presentations
What do you think of when you think of an Author Visit? Dry, dull facts? Squirming, whispering kids? Not with Verla Kay! A dynamic, active presentation with lots of excitement and fun is what you will get when you invite Verla to come and share herself with your students.
Verla has worked extensively with children, as a paid Teacher's Aide in the classroom, as Den Leader and Cubmaster of Cub Scouts, as a Sunday School Teacher and as a Licensed Daycare Provider. She is a volunteer at her local library for Story Hour and loves working with children of all ages.

Verla gives a dynamic, exciting presentation, often using PowerPoint, allowing children and/or adults a look behind the scenes of a working author. Where an author gets ideas, how a book is conceived and written, what happens inside publishing houses, and how to get started as an author are just some of the things Verla will share during her talks. She has given well-received presentations to small classrooms, huge assemblies up to 1600 people, and at many conferences. She prefers working with adults and children in grades K through 6.

Some of the topics that Verla offers for presentations are:

What is an Author?
A 1/2 to 1 hour presentation recommended for school assemblies and conferences. It is ideal for classrooms and/or large assemblies. Uses PowerPoint.
Recommended ages: Especially good for primary grades Kindergarten through 6th grade.

How are Picture Books Created?
A 1/2 to 1 hour presentation recommended for classroom visits or small workshop sessions.
Recommended ages: 2nd graders through adults.

How to Write Picture Books
A hands-on writing workshop 45 minutes to 4 hours in length. It is suitable for classrooms in schools and workshops at conferences.
Recommended ages: 1st graders through adults.

Writing Non-Fiction
A 1 to 4 hour writing workshop suitable for school classrooms and assemblies and also adult writing conferences. Uses some PowerPoint.
Recommended ages: 3rd graders through adults.

Rhyming Right
A 1 to 2 hour presentation for classrooms, assemblies, and conferences. Works well for both workshops or large groups.
Recommended ages: 3rd graders through adults.

Making Words Sing
A 45 minute to 2 hour presentation suitable for classrooms, assemblies and conferences.
Recommended ages: 3rd graders through adults.

Bringing History Alive
A 1 to 2 hour presentation for librarians, teachers and other educators. Best suited to educational and library conferences.
Recommended ages: Adults
If a topic you particularly want covered is not listed, just ask. Verla is very willing to address the specific needs of your school or group.

When you book a school author visit with Verla Kay, you will receive a teacher's guide filled with copy-ready pages that you may use in your classroom after her presentation. The curriculum guide will include "Story Cube" master sheets to help children generate their own story ideas and the ISBN numbers and names of some excellent books that will encourage children to create and submit their own stories for publication.

Plus each child who attends one of Verla’s presentations will receive a personally autographed bookmark as a souvenir of her visit to their school.

$500 - $950
plus travel fees, if applicable

Verla is available for school visits and author talks at writing and educational conferences. You can contact her about doing a presentation in your area by writing to:

Verla Kay
P.O. Box 988

Tekoa, WA 99033

Or send an Email to Verla Kay

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Photos from Verla's visit to DeVargas Elementary in Cupertino, CA
Photos of Verla's presentations at Fresno County Office of Education's Author Fair week
Photos of Verla speaking during Sacramento City School District's Young Author Celebration

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