Author Visits

School Author Visits

Suzanne enjoys presenting to children in grades K-5 about writing.  As a teacher and an author, Suzanne is happy to create new programs and/or tailor her current programs to meet your students’ needs. She is available for assembly, classroom, and library visits. For more information and/or to schedule an author visit please contact her at SJL@SuzanneJacobsLipshaw.com. 

(Please refer to the testimonials and fees below the program descriptions.)

 

 

AM I REALLY AN AUTHOR?

Do you need to be a published writer to be considered an author? In this informative, interactive, and inspiring presentation, I will guide students to discover the author in all of us! 

 

I SCREAM…YOU SCREAM…JOSH CAMPAIGNS!  

Using the story of nine-year-old Josh’s quest for ice cream trucks, this interactive, motivating presentation will illustrate that everyone, no matter how old, has the power to use their voice to make a difference! I will further inspire student leadership by illustrating how Josh used the 8 Habits to successfully  change the law banning ice cream trucks in his city. 

 

AM I REALLY AN AUTHOR MEETS THE LEADER IN ME

 In this presentation, I show how authors use the 8 Habits from Steven Covey’s Leader in Me program. I use my my personal writing journey and habits as an example and have the students help me with an accountability check– discussing the habits I am successful at and those that need improvement.  

 

WRITING WITH A TWIST: REVISION, REVISION, REVISION!

When I ask students what step of the writing process they feel is the most important, most do not chose revising. In this presentation, I will show students why authors spend more time on revision than any other step. Additionally, I will provide an engaging, interactive look into my revision process and the specific skills authors use to bring their words to life. 

 
 
 

Testimonials

"Our students were mesmerized by Suzanne’s 'Am I Really an Author?' assemblies. They loved learning about the writing process through the lens of an author. The way she shared her personal story was inspiring. She left everyone believing that yes, we are authors too!"
Katie Booth
Principal, Silver Springs Elementary, Northville, MI
“It’s with great enthusiasm that I endorse Suzanne Lipshaw as a guest author at any school. As her former colleague, I had the unique opportunity to work closely with Suzanne. I saw how she poured her heart and soul into her students every day. Therefore, I was not surprised to see that she extends the same amount of energy and passion into her 'Am I Really an Author?' presentation. Suzanne is a gifted author, teacher, and presenter.”
Beth Solensky
Principal, Ridgewood Elementary, Northville, MI
“Suzanne was fabulous! Students loved hearing her presentation. Her writer’s toolkit was a highlight along with the reading of her manuscript. It was clear she really knows her audience and understands young writers. Suzanne has a unique talent of entertaining and engaging students, while delivering important information about the writing process.”
Amy Devlin
Learning Consultant, Moraine Elementary, Northville, MI
“Suzanne was enthusiastic and engaging! Her presentation focused on what it takes to be an author and the writing process. The ease with which she adapted her presentations to the online format was impressive. Her visual aids really enhanced the delivery of the material. I highly recommend her for your next elementary school author visit!”
Jennifer Creighton
Parent Success Coach, Great Lakes Virtual Academy
“Suzanne Lipshaw’s author presentation was outstanding! The audience was involved and interested throughout the presentation. The kids related to the information about the writing process and when they were able to hear her writing at the end, the process truly came to life.”
Beth Miller
4th Grade Teacher, Silver Springs Elementary, Northville, MI

FEES

All school visits run approximately 50 minutes, but can be shortened for younger grades if requested. Signed books (hardcover and softcover) are available for purchase and order forms will be provided in advance of the visit. Daytime, evening, and virtual visits are available.

 School visit fees are as follows: 

Half Day – 1 session – $300

Half Day – 2 sessions – $400

Full Day – 3 sessions – $500

 Full Day – 3 sessions plus a Meet the Author Lunch with approximately 15 students – $600 

Full Day – 4 sessions plus a Meet the Author Lunch with approximately 15 students – $700 

*Note: An additional fee of $100 will be charged to travel between schools.

Professional Conferences

Climb Aboard the Yellow Submarine: Engaging Struggling Readers with the Themed Project Based Learning Approach (TPBLA)

Suzanne will walk you through a “year in the life” of her reading class when her students boarded the “Yellow Submarine to dive a study of oceanography with a special focus on sea turtles. Using a combination of PBL, STEM, and KIDLIT, TPBLA provides developing readers with access to curriculum and their IEP/MTSS goals in an authentic, fun, and unique manner. TPBLA enhances student engagement; thereby allowing students to progress in their reading goals and increase their ability to delve deeply into a topic, think critically, and effectively communicate. Additionally, it provides students with opportunities to develop and showcase their leadership skills. Suzanne has presented  at the Michigan Department of Education School Improvement Conference, the Leader In Me Symposium, nErDcampMI, and at several professional development workshops in her district. For more information and/or to schedule a visit please contact her at SJL@SuzanneJacobsLipshaw.com.

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