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offers 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 Lara, you get the
benefit of hosting someone teen readers and writers can truly relate
to on a personal level.
are some of the programs Lara offers to teen audiences (Grades 6
Confessions of a Dork: 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, Lara 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, Lara 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, Lara 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 your 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. Lara
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 doesn't have to be painful, and to
encourage them to explore the subject they are most familiar with
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. Lara can present to small or large groups, and she's
more than happy to tailor a presentation to suit your group's needs.
Lara 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:
Connecting with Teens Through Young Adult Literature
Motivating Reluctant Readers
Sex and the Young Adult Novel
How Far is Too Far? Bending (and Breaking) Boundaries in
The Crossover Novel: What It Is, and Why It's Important
Your First Novel: From Inspiration to Publication in Seven
Blogging for the Classroom and Library
is also available to speak on a variety of topics pertaining to
teen culture in general.
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 (travel, hotel, meals,
and if the
transportation involves her driving to/from her home in Wilmington,
DE, the charge is 50.5 cents per mile. Any personal driving she
does, she would of course pay for herself.) Discounts
may be available for schools and libraries in DE. Her set fees may
be open to negotiation depending on location, etc. Lara and her
friend, Lola Douglas,
visit Massachusetts on a regular basis and schools and libraries
that arrange events during her 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.
easy and authentic rapport with the students allowed for many questions
and honest responses. Her sense of humor and honesty connected her
to these readers and aspiring writers. This proved to be one of
the most positive experiences of my tenure at John Dickinson High
School. Suzanne Smith, John Dickinson High School, Wilmington, DE.
Zeises presented a well organized, fun and challenging two-part
workshop for teen writers at the Tredyffrin Public Library. Writers
worked through exercises done individually and in pairs and shared
their writing with the group. Teens loved the fact that she is young
and a published author of teen books. Both days of the workshop
were full to capacity and teens came away feeling they had picked
up valuable techniques for making their writing better. I heartily
recommend Lara Zeises as a presenter of teen writing workshops.
Gretchen Chamberlain, Tredyffrin Public Library, Wayne, PA.
Lara Zeises to speak to our students at William Penn was one of
my best decisions as a librarian. She understands the teenage audience
and the students really respond to her. They learned so much and
they had fun while doing so. I can't wait to bring her back! Mary
Beth Kessler, William Penn High School, New Castle, DE.
you may contact:
has seen Lara present in both conference and school settings.)
Young Adult Librarian
Old Bridge Public Library
Old Bridge, NJ 08857
732-721-5600 ext. 5044