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In his presentations, George Shannon helps students put the jigsaw puzzle of writing together. He talks about where ideas can be found, how narratives work, how emotions are the heart of stories, and how rewriting and revising rearranges the pieces until the picture emerges. A former children's librarian and professional storyteller, George has worked as a freelance writer and lecturer for over 25 years. Conferences, workshops and author visits to schools have taken him from Japan to Kuwait, Thailand to the Arctic Circle, and now via Skype, into your classroom.



Please 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 his 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 he can prepare.

He'll also be happy to autograph bookplates in advance of the chat, but be sure to send the
m to him in a timely manner so he 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 his website  for more information. His books are available from a variety of sources, including Booksource,, and


Grade levels: K-6

Residence: Bainbridge Island, WA