Visits & Events
I ♥ Author Visits
When author and reader meet on the page, imaginations flourish. When author and reader meet in person, possibilities flourish. Young and old alike are encouraged to imagine themselves as writers after a presentation by Kirby Larson. In addition to in-person school visits, Kirby is available for library programs, Author Festivals and conferences.
Interactive 45-minute presentations, including time for Q&A, provide a glimpse into where Kirby gets inspiration and ideas, her out-of-the-box research ideas, a chance for students to practice revision, her favorite writing tip and more. She has two programs, one for grades 1-3 with a nonfiction focus (using Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle as a mentor text) and one for grades 3 and up with emphasis on research and revision. Supplementary materials available upon request.
Kirby’s virtual presentations include all the elements of her in-person visits (except the hugs and high fives!).
If your students have read one or more of Kirby’s books, your school is eligible for a free 15-minute Q&A. Slots are limited so inquire early.
Please click here to inquire about an appearance or to arrange scheduling.
Kirby is a frequent conference presenter and keynoter, and has spoken on topics ranging from Piecing Together the Past (writing historical fiction), to Odd Ducks and Divas (character development), to Get It Finished (overcoming writer’s block), as well as how books and libraries have shaped her writing journey. Not sure which topic would be the best fit for your conference or event? Contact Kirby here.
“You were fantastic with the students and a true inspiration for budding writers.” Julie Patterson, St. Thomas School
“Thank you for the wonderful presentations to kick off our Battle of the Books program. You are such a warm, open person and that really engaged the audience.” Stephanie Williams, Supervisor of Library Services, Grace A. Dow Memorial Library
“Having you come sparked many activities and much excitement!” Debbie Nait, Qatar Girls Academy
“[Students] are still talking about your Skype visit and checking out your books like crazy!” Leila Rogers, Prospect Elementary School
“Thanks so much for visiting with us via Skype. . .you treated the kiddos as if they were the most important people with whom you could spend your time. . .” Kathryn Ney, Iowa Community School
“Thank you for your very inspiring and enlightening keynote.” K.E. Davis
“Kirby Larson excited our students about reading and writing through her dynamic author presentation! Even though it was a virtual presentation, her enthusiasm came through the screen quite vividly. Both students and teachers were inspired. One 4th grade teacher said to me, “Wow! Can we have her return soon? She was great!” Lisa Dineen, Librarian, Bellevue Children’s Academy
“My students have been talking about ‘sturdy’ words since your presentation. They were so impressed.” Rebekah Horvath, Morris Elementary