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Elaine Scott's school visits are widely acclaimed across the nation. Comments like *I'm still receiving thanks from the teachers whose classes she visited,* to *The passion she has for the work and her willingness to share it with others is inspirational,* are typical phrases that fill her correspondence files. Elaine loves reading, writing, and children, and her delight in sharing that love with others is contagious. Using a mixture of slides and personal anecdotes, Elaine talks about her writing career, encouraging creativity, research, and perseverance.




Each 45-50 minute presentation is informative, yet lighthearted, emphasizing the joy that writing has brought to her and offering it as an equally joyful experience to her young audiences. She can speak to kindergarten through high school.




Elaine prefers to do three presentations a day and finds a fourth presentation tiring. However, if the situation calls for it, she will do a fourth.




Tailored Presentations * Elaine will work with schools and other organizations to tailor her presentation in a way that addresses specific topics or curriculum emphasis, such as research, writing techniques, organization of material, and creativity in non-fiction writing. Elaine's presentations serve as a tool to reinforce and support the work that is going on in the classroom.


Science Presentations * Elaine will talk about the astronauts and the adventures of repairing the Hubble as well as the wealth of scientific information it provided. Since she met the crew who did the repairs, she talks about her experiences and conversations with them. Books mentioned in this presentation include When Is a Planet Not a Planet? The Story of Pluto and Mars and the Search for Life as well as Adventure in Space: The Flight to Fix the Hubble and Close Encounters: Exploring the Universe with the Hubble Space.


The *Images of the Sacred in Children's Literature* Presentation * An essay which Elaine wrote for the Beverly Cleary retrospective that comprised the Spring 1995 issue of the Oregon English Journal is titled *Witches, Owls and Black-nosed Sheep: Ramona's Spiritual Journey.* That essay led to the development of another program that Elaine is frequently asked to present titled, *Images of the Sacred in Children's Literature* that features excerpts from the work of Beverly Cleary, Katherine Paterson, and E.B. White. The work is theirs...the spiritual interpretation is Elaine's.




In addition to her school visits, schedule permitting, Ms. Scott is available to teach writing workshops to children and adults. She has been a featured presenter at Pathways to Literacy, has taught in the Mesquite (TX) Young Writer's Conference, has been the keynote speaker at Rising Star Young Writer's Conference in Austin (TX), and has taught writing workshops at Rice University, the University of Houston, and Texas Woman's University, among others.

Called *The Bare Bones of Writing,* her writing workshops usually last about an hour and a half, but this is flexible depending on the needs of the organization and the time frame of her visit.




Ms. Scott is very comfortable speaking at all kinds of conferences. She has addressed the National Council of Teachers of English, the Children's Literature in the Curriculum (CLIC) conference at North Texas State University, and the Young Adult Conference at Sam Houston State University, among others.


According to Steve Spangler (, who heard her speak at one science conference, Elaine Scott should be a featured speaker at every science conference in the country!


From two hours to two days, Elaine teaches faculty how to enhance and support classroom instruction with her books.




A slide projector and screen, or a Powerpoint projector, computer and screen. Also, a room that can be darkened.




It's best to have several dates in mind and to plan as far ahead as possible. Ms. Scott's calendar is often booked a year in advance.




Elaine's honorarium is $1,200 a day, plus expenses, and this is for three programs. If a fourth program is needed, her honorarium is $1,500 a day, plus expenses. Also, two schools can split a day, with two visits at one in the morning, and two at another in the afternoon.

For local visits in Houston: Elaine charges $500 and expenses if the school wants just one session; $900 and expenses if two sessions are requested, $1,200 and expenses for three sessions, and $1,500 and expenses for four. Again, two schools can split a day, as described above.

Expenses: The school or organization generally books her into a hotel that offers meals and then pays the hotel bill and meal costs. If they prefer to pay her expenses on a per diem basis, she would charge $100 a day for lodging and $55 a day for meals.

The school or organization also generally pays directly for transportation. However, if the transportation involved her driving to/from her home in Houston, the charge is 57.5 cents per mile (mileage at the federal government rate). (Any personal driving she does, she would of course pay for herself.) Even if she's driving to your town, however, it would be much wiser if the school or organization would have someone pick her up from her hotel and bring her back and forth from the schools. This would relieve the stress of her possibly getting lost and being late for a 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."




Thank you for writing such wonderful books for us to learn and talk about. We especially enjoyed Twins. -- Ms. Garcia's 3rd grade class, March 11, 2003


Elaine is fabulous! She is engaging and interesting for children and adults alike. The book she highlighted with slides and interesting stories was Adventure in Space: the Flight to Fix the Hubble. I thoroughly enjoyed her! -- Kim Lehman, Youth Specialist, Austin Public Library


It was a great pleasure to have you at our school. I have heard many positive comments about your visit. I hope our paths will cross again. I truly enjoyed meeting you. -- Beverly Bryan


Elaine Scott is a real trooper! Her enthusiasm for the topics she writes about is contagious and children love to hear her stories about research and writing. A perfect presentation. -- Jeanette Larson, Austin Public Library



(Please contact Balkin Buddies at tel. 727 378 419 if you are unable to reach any references)


For speaking to adults


Dr. Betty Carter, email, tel.  972-462-1252


Dr. Mary Berry, Chair Department of Library Science, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, email or tel. 409-294-1150


 Jeanette Larson, email


Casey McCreary, Ass't Dir. of Reading, Texas Education Agency, email


For speaking to children:


Sharon Carr, Director of Library Resources, El Paso ISD, El Paso TX, tel. 915-779-4139       


Sue McGown, Lower School Librarian, St. John's School, Houston, TX, email smcgown@sjs.or


Elizabeth Evans, Librarian, Overlook Elementary School, Glenside, PA, tel. 215-242-2855, email


Janet Boyd, Lead Librarian, Burkburnett ISD, Wichita Falls, TX, email


Mary Lou Hodges, Rees Elementary School, Alief ISD, email


Steve Spangler at


Anne Morrison, retired librarian, El Paso ISD, email