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chick-lit queen offers adults and students alike programs on chick-lit
writing and YA literature, and how the two work together.
programs feature a variety of one- and two-day long programs, including
writing workshops. Lively and interactive sessions can include writing
exercises focusing on character development, drawing on the five
senses, and creating flash fiction (also known as the short short
story). Informative handouts and/or PowerPoint presentations may
be used. She's also available for programs of extended length. With
Lola, you get the benefit of hosting someone teen readers and writers
can truly relate to on a personal level.
are some of the programs Lola offers to teen audiences (Young Adult):
Confessions of a Chick-lit Author: Why (and How!) I Became a Writer
for larger groups, this talk relies heavily on audience interaction.
After giving a 30-minute talk about her route to becoming an author,
as well as the stories behind her books, Lola will open the floor
for Q & A. She's given this presentation to students ranging
from 7th to 12th grades, and the interactive format makes for a
My Brain to Your Book: How an Idea Becomes a Novel
this presentation, best suited for groups of 25 or less, Lola walks
through her process of writing a novel. She starts by discussing
how she creates characters, what she does once she has them, and
where they wander in a first draft. Next, she talks about revision
and how she works with her editor to turn the manuscript into a
bound book. There is no formal Q & A portion; students are encouraged
to ask questions along the journey.
guides budding authors through several writing exercises -- everything
from creating characters to putting them into action; from exploring
point of view to how using the five senses in descriptions makes
a piece come alive. Revision exercises can be included as well.
Again, smaller groups work best for this type of presentation.
Your Blog On: Finding Your Voice through the Safety of the Screen
program explores the increasingly popular art of blogging. Lola
will begin by discussing how she discovered blogging and what kinds
of things she writes about in her online journal. The talk will
then turn to how journaling can be an outlet for an expression,
and how online journaling fosters a sense of community. Tips for
being safe on the internet are included. The crux of this presentation
is to show teens that writing can be fun, and she encourages them
to explore the subject they are most familiar with -- themselves.
can speak on a variety of topics, everything from strategies for
engaging reluctant readers to workshops on incorporating blogs into
the school or library setting. She has been a featured speaker at
conferences for teachers, librarians, educational media specialists,
and writers. She is a total ham and can present to small or large
groups, and she's more than happy to tailor a presentation to suit
your group's needs.
Lola is more than happy to create new presentations to suit your
group's needs, here are some of the talks she's given in the past:
with Teens Through Young Adult Literature
and the Young Adult Novel
Far is Too Far? Bending (and Breaking) Boundaries in YA Lit
Crossover Novel: What It Is, and Why It's Important
First Novel: From Inspiration to Publication in Seven Steps
for the Classroom and Library
is also available to speak on a variety of topics pertaining to
teen culture in general and chick-lit in particular.
PowerPoint presentations, please provide a digital (data) projector,
a laptop, and the obvious accessories to go with them (screen, AV
cart, extension cords). Please note that the computer/projector
must be able to take a flash drive. For large groups (over 50),
please provide a microphone.
OF SESSIONS PER DAY AND HONORARIUM:
per-day honorarium is $1,000 for four programs, $800 for three programs,
and $600 for two programs, plus expenses. Discounts may be available
for schools and libraries in DE. Her set fees may be open to negotiation
depending on location, etc. She and her friend, Lara Zeises, visit
Massachusetts on a regular basis and schools and libraries that
arrange events during Lola's trips do not have to pay for travel
and hotel accommodations.
can access schools in PA, NJ, MD, DC and parts of NY State fairly
easily. Travel outside Delaware requires mileage and meal reimbursement;
if the venue is more than 90 miles away and a morning presentation
is requested, hotel accommodations are required. For distances more
than a two-hour drive, train or airfare may be requested and hotel
accommodations must be provided.
further information, especially about the expenses (travel, hotel,
and meals), click the "Arrange An Appearance" button and
see "General Information on the Cost of an Author Appearance"
as well as the 'Honorariums' section near the bottom of "How
to Plan an Author Appearance."
request/payment paperwork completed and check made out to author;
arrangements confirmed, as needed;
sent, as needed;
books displayed in media center;
have read the author's book
ordered (or arrangements made with a bookstore);
sorted and checked against orders;
slips or post-its filled out and put in books;
room set up with appropriate equipment;
teachers are given final schedule.
has been to every school and organization that Lara Zeises has,
so see Lara Zeises's references.