AUTHOR VISITS AND OTHER FUN APPEARANCES AND EVENTS
Talking with kids about books and writing is one of my favorite parts of being an author. If you would like me to visit your school or library (or speak at your book festival or writers’ conference), I’ll be delighted to try to make it work. Please email me at anicamroserissi at gmail dot com to discuss rates and availability. For more information about Skype visits, please scroll to the bottom.
Here’s how a typical school visit goes:
In my energetic, interactive presentation, I talk about my path to becoming an author and reveal the secrets of my writing process, from ideas and drafting to revisions and beyond. I share samples of my writing from when I was a kid, talk about what inspired me to write the Anna, Banana series and The Teacher's Pet, and share some of the bumps and challenges I encountered along the way, as well as how I overcame them. Each session includes time for a Q&A, into which I pack lots of writing tips, techniques, and encouragements for the kids to apply to their own writing in the future. I often also explore the question of what it means to be a good friend, as raised by the friendship issues and themes in the books.
My presentations are best for students in grades pre-K through 5, and are suitable for both smaller and larger groups. I can do up to four 45-minute presentations in a school day, and am happy to adjust both timing and content to suit the school’s schedule and the students’ needs. If you would like me to have lunch with a special group of students, or lead a writing and revision workshop for older students or adults, I can do those things too.
Technical requirements: projector with VGA port.
Recent school visits, book festivals, and writers’ conferences include:
Schools and libraries: Belvedere Elementary School (VA), Blue Hill Public Library (ME), C.B. Jennings Elementary School (CT), Cranbury School (NJ), Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School (ME), Grace Church School (NY), Heards Ferry Elementary School (GA), Hillside Elementary School (NJ), Hopewell Elementary School (NJ), Johnson Park Elementary School (NJ), Lalor Elementary School (NJ), Little Red School House (NY), Maurice Sendak Community School (NY), McGalliard Elementary School (NJ), McKinley Elementary School (VA), Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School (CT), Pace Charter School (NJ), Princeton Charter School (NJ), Princeton Day School (NJ), Princeton Friends School (NJ), Princeton Young Achievers Program (NJ), PS 130 The Parkside School (NY), PS 282 Park Slope School (NY), Reiche Elementary School (ME), Ridge Elementary School (NJ), Rose Hill Elementary School (VA), Stonington Public Library (ME), Springfield Estates Elementary School (VA), Stratford Landing Elementary School (VA), T. Baldwin Demarest Elementary School (NJ), Thomas Memorial Library (ME), University Heights Elementary School (NJ), Washington School for Girls (D.C.).
Festivals and conferences: Brooklyn Book Festival (NY), Cape AuthorFest (ME), Decatur Book Festival (GA), nErDcampLI (NY), nErDcampMI (MI), nErDcampNJ (NJ), Newburyport Literary Festival (MA), Princeton Children's Book Festival (NJ), Rutgers One-on-One Plus Conference (NJ), SCBWI Winter Conference (NY), SCBWI Summer Conference (CA), William Patterson University Annual Spring Writer’s Conference (NJ).
For news of upcoming public appearances and events, please visit the events page. Interested in a Skype visit? Please see below.
Student and educator testimonials:
"Thank you for visiting us! I really liked when you told us that tip about the first draft should be horrible. My favorite part was when you read the part about Banana going missing. It made me get really interested in the book. When I grow up I will be a writer." —Sylvie, grade 2
"Thank you for coming to our school! I really enjoyed learning about your book! Thank you for teaching us about how you write! My favorite part was Anna and learning about why Anna was mad. Thank you for sharing. I love learning." —Ethan, grade 2
"You taught me quite a bit about writing a book, and I will always remember the event." —John, grade 4
"Thank you for coming. You really inspired me. One way that you inspired me was that you were just a little kid and now you are an author." —Ambra, grade 3
"When you came to our school, you inspired me to write books and write about things you love! And you also teached me how to keep going even when you don't want to!" —Olivia, grade 3
"You were fantastic with the kids and we had a run on your books as soon as our doors opened this morning. All of our copies flew off the shelves and many more students placed a hold to be next in line. Several teachers and our principal also commented on what a great event it was." —Pam, Library Media Specialist
"The day with you was just about everything I dream of happening in an author visit. It was a genuinely inspiring event. I heard one student say, 'Now that I've written this much, I'm going to write a chapter a week!'" —Janet, Education Director
"You were fabulous and my staff and students loved you! We were so impressed with your background, your discussion about your books, and the process that it takes just to write one book. You are a passionate and outstanding speaker. It is very apparent that you love what you do!" —Barbara, Principal
"I have received 100% positive feedback from teachers and students alike! Your storytelling was masterful and you totally connected with the students. Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving us an amazing experience!" —Dawn, Teacher Librarian
"The students are inspired to write more and we may even have some future authors. :) Just hearing about your journey shows students (and adults) that we all have bad days but the most important thing is to keep going. When the students heard you they could relate to that powerful message. You also showed all of us that writing should be fun and creative and not just an assignment from a teacher. Your visit will hold lasting memories for students and we hope you can come visit again soon!" —Amy, Reading Specialist
"We are so lucky, as a school, to have experienced your work and process first hand. I am always touched to see how creativity begins in childhood and how it is nurtured and cultivated through to adulthood. Your literary beginnings via the conduit of birthdays and love of animals was clear and provided such a deep understanding of narrative and its connection to a life lived. When my daughter returned home, we immediately began reading one of the Anna, Banana books and she didn't want me to stop until she was ready to go to sleep. This morning, instead of eating breakfast, she reread The Teacher's Pet." —Tina, Meet the Author Program Chair
I offer a select number of free Skype visits with classrooms or libraries (groups of 18 students or more) that have read one of my books together. If you are interested in setting up a Skype visit, please email me at anicamroserissi at gmail dot com. These 20-minute interactive Q&A sessions are best for students in first through fifth grades.
For classrooms or libraries that would like a Skype visit but have not read one of my books together, or for groups smaller than 18 students, I charge $50 for a 20-minute session (Q&A) or $100 for a 45-minute session (presentation plus Q&A).
"Thank you for answering our questions. We learned so much from you." —Alexa, grade 2
"Thank you for Skyping with us. I like the way you come up with ideas." —Anika, grade 2
"I think your dog is super cute. I am also interested in what you said about writing. Maybe I will be a writer when I grow up." —Stephen, grade 2
"I really like writing so you have inspired me to become an author when I grow up." —Kaia, grade 2