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With an MA in painting, an MFA in Writing, a PhD in English and a number of awards, including the Coretta Scott King award, Jan Spivey Gilchrist also keeps busy writing and illustrating books and visiting schools to give drawing workshops and talk about the writing, publishing, and collaborative process. And now you can even hear her presentations while you see where she works. Jan gives online talks through iChat.




Please have the students prepare in advance a list of questions for her to answer. She will first give a brief presentation, perhaps showing her latest book or talking about an upcoming project, and will then take questions. If you prefer, the Q&A can come first, depending on your students' needs. How you handle the Q&A is up to you. Sometimes students come up to the screen individually to ask questions and then the next student comes up. Sometimes the students gather around the screen to ask questions. The format will depend on your needs and what kind of equipment you have. If you have an activboard or some other means to project the images onto a larger screen, for example, the format might be somewhat different. In any case, students must be familiar with some of her books.


If you would like a different kind of program, please let us know before setting up the program and please provide a general idea of what you would like. Further details will be needed at least a week before the chat so she can prepare.


She'll also be happy to autograph bookplates in advance of the chat, but be sure to send them to her in a timely manner so she can sign them and get them back to you before the chat.



$300 * for 1 one-hour long chat

$550 * for 2 one-hour long chats over the course of a day

$800 * for 3 one-hour long chats over the course of a day

Please visit Jan Spivey Gilchrist to see her bio, then follow the three other links at the top of the page for a list of her books, information on her presentations when she comes to do a physical visit, and book ordering information for getting her books from a variety of sources.


Grade levels: P-7

Residence: IL


Maggi Idzikowski

School Librarian

Allen Elementary School

2560 Towner Boulevard

Ann Arbor , MI 48104-5035