author of the YA classic, The Contender, an award-winning sportswriter
for the New York Times, and the Emmy-winning host of the nightly
public affairs show, The Eleventh Hour, Robert Lipsyte can add
dynamic speaker to his list of talents. Funny, serious, intriguing,
fascinating, he can hold groups of all sizes spellbound. Whether
in your school, at your conference, or via Skype,
his presentations are not to be missed.
have the students prepare in advance a list of questions for him
to answer. He will first give a brief presentation, perhaps showing
his 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
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 he can prepare.
He'll also be happy to autograph bookplates in advance of the
chat, but be sure to send them to him in a timely manner so he
can sign them and get them back to you before the chat.
* for 1 one-hour long chat
* for 2 one-hour long chats over the course of a day
* for 3 one-hour long chats over the course of a day
see his bio, then follow the three other links at the top of the
page for a list of his books, information on his presentations
when he comes to do a physical visit, and book ordering information
for getting his books from a variety of sources.
FEW WORDS FROM A TEACHER WHOSE CLASS SKYPED WITH ROBERT LIPSYTE:
This was fantastic.... Robert was very interactive with our students
and two asked questions of him during the interaction. This was
such a good experience for us and I thank you, from the bottom
of a teacher's heart, for making this possible.
11th Grade English and AP English Language and Composition
of West Clark Community Schools)