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DIANE STANLEY

Writer & Illustrator

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Diane Stanley's Presentations


A SAMPLE OF A FEW OF HER SCHOOL PROGRAMS:

 

Shakespeare!   In honor of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 1616, HarperCollins is issuing a special edition of BARD OF AVON: THE STORY OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. Diane has put together a new school program for the occasion, a slide talk about Shakespeare, his life and his work. The American Library Association and the Folger Shakespeare Library are teaming up to make 2016 “World Shakespeare Year.” In the United States, a copy of the rare First Folio will visit every state, with programs developed to celebrate the event. Diane would love to be a part of yours. (Illustrated with slides of paintings from the book, plus other archival images.)

 

Genius! What does it mean to be a bona fide genius? This talk explores four remarkable individuals who certainly qualify: Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Mozart. Who were they, and how did their genius play out in their lives? (Illustrated with slides of paintings from her books.)

How a book is made.   From the perspective of an author-illustrator, Diane discusses the research, writing, and editing as well as the sketching, dummying, and painting. There's also a bit of storytelling: who and what inspired her to become a writer and an artist? (Illustrated with slides of her art and other photos.)

Writing a novel. Where does a writer get her ideas–and once she has them, what the heck does she do with them? An interactive circle talk with older elementary or middle school students about how a writer takes that first flash of inspiration and turns it into a finished, polished story that's ready for publication. She stresses the importance of editing, developing themes, and being really clear what you're trying to say.

 

Diane can customize her talks according to the age of the audience and can accommodate special requests.

 

NUMBER OF SESSIONS PER DAY AND GROUP SIZE

 

She gives three PowerPoint presentations per day. The size of the group doesn't matter, as long as everyone can hear her and see the screen.

 

RANGE OF GRADE LEVELS AND PROGRAM LENGTHS

 

Diane speaks to first grade and up, though she's happy to visit the kindergarten classroom and say a few words. Presentations for younger students usually last half an hour. Second grade and up are 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the school's schedule. Interactive programs for older students are best in smaller groups.

 

EQUIPMENT NEEDS:

 

For her PowerPoint slide presentation, Diane needs a digital (data) projector, a laptop, and the obvious accessories to go with them (screen, AV cart, extension cords). If your school does not have a projector or a laptop (with 2 USB ports), please let her know in advance, and she'll bring her own. Otherwise, she'll bring only a flash drive with her presentations on it and a wireless presenter for changing slides. Unless the room is extremely small, she will need a microphone. Any kind is fine.

 

OTHER DETAILS

 

Diane is always happy to take questions, sign books, have lunch with the teachers or star readers, or anything else that will make the day exciting for the kids.

 

HONORARIUM

 

Generally speaking, Diane's honorarium should be presented at the end of the last day of the author appearance. Her honorarium is $2,000 a day, plus expenses.

 

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."