Debby will tailor her presentations and workshops to the grades with which she is working. She is available for readings and Q&A sessions, and for specific presentations. She can deliver the following presentations on a virtual platform such as Zoom. Virtual visit fee: $125 for 30 minutes
Write a Letter, Get a Job. What’s your dream job? Flight attendant on a rocket to Mars? Backup singer for Taylor Swift? Ice cream vendor in the Sahara desert? No matter what job you want, you have to sell yourself to the people in charge. The first step is to get their attention. To do that, you have to write a letter that’s well-organized, articulate, and engaging. In this fun workshop, you’ll learn to compose a letter that explains why you’re the right person for the job you want. Start thinking now about why you’re the best, and get ready to put it all down in writing.
Writing Your Life. In this talk, Debby answers the question, “Where did that story come from?” Readers are always interested in the origin of a story. Debby explains how she used elements from her life to create her picture books and middle grade novels, inspiring them to mine their own lives for stories. She will explain the parts of a story. For teachers who prefer a workshop to a talk, Debby will shorten the talk and give students prompts to begin writing their own stories.
Revision: It’s not as scary as you think. In this presentation, Debby will talk about why revision is so important, and how to approach it not as a chore, but as a challenge. Using examples from her own work and advice from others, Debby will inspire students to revise their their work and make it the best it can be.
The Writing Life. In this talk, Debby shows students that there are many ways to earn a living as a writer. Her path has included teaching, editing, coaching, reviewing books, writing for magazines, and working for newspapers, radio, and the government. Even if students don’t want to become writers, they need to understand that writing is a skill they will draw on throughout their lives, whether by doing something as simple as sending an email explaining why they have to miss work, or as involved as crafting a thesis to earn a graduate degree.