Poet & Editor
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Pearson has presentations for all kinds of audiences: school children;
parents, teachers, and librarians; and children's book writers.
Here are descriptions of her programs.
BAG: Grades 1-3 - 45 minutes
are invited to choose poems by picking an animal from Susan's Barnyard
Bag. Some poems lend themselves to children acting them out, some
to a sharing of fun facts about the animals, some to a simple explanation
of form (even the youngest child can understand the concept of a
list poem), some to talking about the writing process or where an
idea came from (for example, How did Susan come to know all the
breeds of chickens?).
4-6: 50-60 minutes including time for questions
leads off with a funny poem that will get laughs and crack the ice,
then selects other poems that lend themselves to talking about:
the editorial process including revisions, poems that were deleted
from the collection, poems that got changed to fit the art, even
the writing process (she often uses a tape recorder while she's
driving and brings tapes as well as samples of early drafts);
a more complicated look at form ( for example, *Winter Miracle*
was initially patterned after *Stopping By Woods On a Snowy Evening*);
interesting facts about the animals (Did you know that Queen Elizabeth
I had a pet guinea pig?).
HAVING FUN WITH LIMERICKS
for children old enough to be studying limericks - 50-60 minutes
are great fun to write and one of the easiest verse forms to learn.
Since they are all about being corny and silly, most kids take to
them right away. Susan shares some of the great limericks with them,
some of my own *grimericks,* and works with them on writing their
AUDIENCE: 100 (Her presentations are best with smaller groups ----
no large auditorium presentations, please)
also do very short sessions with kindergartners if need be.
is also comfortable talking with junior-high/middle school kids
(in small groups only), though her books are directed at younger
of poetry for children
about a few poetic forms including examples of limericks, list poems,
and a few others.
OF PRESENTATIONS PER DAY: Three, plus autographing books.
PARENTS,TEACHERS, AND LIBRARIANS:
anecdotes, Susan shares the joys, sorrows, humor, irritations, changes,
and great satisfactions of her 30-some years spent writing and editing
books for children.
NEEDED: lectern and microphone, slide projector and screen; she
brings her own carousel.
CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS:
as a working children's book editor, Susan has for years participated
in writers' conferences. She has also taught extended classes in
writing for children at The Loft and the University of Minnesota
Extension in Minneapolis. Her presentations can be tailored to the
group or conference.
NEEDED: For inspirational speeches a lectern, microphone, slide
projector, and screen; for small groups nothing.
The honorarium is $1,000 a day, plus expenses, for schools for up
to 3 sessions. A 4th session will be considered, depending what
additional fee is offered.
fees are open to negotiation and depend on your budget. Please
contact Balkin Buddies by phone or email to discuss.
honorarium is due on the last day of the visit, right after the
last presentation. For 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."