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SAMPLE OF A FEW OF HER SCHOOL PROGRAMS:
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.)
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
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.)
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.
can customize her talks according to the age of the audience and
can accommodate special requests.
OF SESSIONS PER DAY AND GROUP SIZE
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.
OF GRADE LEVELS AND PROGRAM LENGTHS
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.
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.
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.
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,
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."