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The 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor's Art Award for Individual Artist and a member of the Authors Guild, Darcy Pattison is an author of fiction and nonfiction children's books, a writing teacher and independent publisher. Her books have been translated into eight languages. Best known for her work in children's literature, she is also a writing teacher traveling across the country presenting her "Novel Revision Retreat" and has been featured as a writer and writing teacher in such publications as Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies and The 2012 Writer's Market. She's available to Skype with school children about her books and writers of any age.


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.


There is also a summer Map Project for her picture book, The Journey of The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman , available at; for this project, students take a paper cutout of the main character, Oliver, on their summer travels and are encouraged to take digital photos and then share them online. As an alternative to the above suggested program, this would be a perfect project for a classroom to do over the summer and then discuss in fall online chats.

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 the author 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.


$175 * for 1 one-hour long chat

$350 * for 2 one-hour long chats over the course of a day

$500 * for 3 one-hour long chats over the course of a day


Please visit Darcy Pattison 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: K-8

Residence: AR



Genelle Schuler

Library Media Specialist

Swanson Middle School

5800 N. Washington Blvd.

Arlington , VA 22205

703-228-5517 (phone)

703-536-2775 (fax)