Author Visits by Jessica Stremer
Jessica Stremer provides author visits to encourage curiosity about the natural world and foster a love of reading and writing.
She designs her programs to meet curriculum standards while providing unique programs for each audience.
Jessica offers both in-person and virtual visits to schools, libraries, conferences, and private groups.
Why schedule a visit?
Motivates students to read and write more
Inspires creativity and expression
Meeting authors makes the reading, writing process, the literature, and the author themselves real and accessible to students
Help students develop the ability to make predictions, inferences, and associations
Discover how authors take risks, persevere, and try again
AUTHOR VISIT TOPICS
Interactive Story time
Interactive reading of Great Carrier Reef and/or Lights Out. Students will practice skills including
paying attention to detail, predicting text, and recognizing emotions. Story time is followed by a
whole group idea generating activity.
Nonfiction: Facts Are Fun
Jessica shares with children the excitement and discovery process of nonfiction writing. Using
her writing process as an example, she answers some of kids' big nonfiction questions. Where
do ideas come from? How do you research? How to keep track of ideas. How does it become a
Writing: From Idea to Story
Grades 2nd and up
How does a writer create a story? Jessica shares her tips for creating an interesting nonfiction
story in this interactive program. Brainstorming, fact-finding, and writing are the beginning of a
story. Revisions make it fantastic! Jessica will consult with schools to determine what kind of
writing best suits your needs at the time of the visit (for example, narrative, expository,
Science: Success with Critical Thinking
Grades 3rd and up
Asking questions leads to more thinking. Jessica shares about her writing process and leads
groups through a brainstorming session about creating solutions to a current environmental
topic. This session highlights engineering, math, and teamwork while encouraging students to
celebrate their curiosity. This program especially compliments habitat unit studies.
When you first contact Jessica, it's helpful for her to know the following, as best as possible:
- Preference for an in-person or virtual and preferred platform(s)
- Name and address of the school
- Grades you would like included in the author visit
- Approximate number of children in each session and total number of students
- Preferred program(s)
- Preferred visit date (month or week). Is it flexible?
Email Jessica at email@example.com to inquire about scheduling.
Once a visit date is confirmed, Jessica will send a Letter of Agreement and provide details about
PRICING: IN PERSON SCHOOL VISITS
Full Day Author Visit (up to five programs, plus lunch with a small group of students and a book
$850 for a full day of author visits. Travel fees may apply.
$750 for schools less than 90 minutes from Hartford, WI. Travel feels may apply.
Half Day Author Visit (up to three programs and a book signing)
$450 for a half day author visit. Available for schools less than 75 minutes from Hartford, WI.
PRICING: VIRTUAL SCHOOL VISITS
Recording Jessica's virtual visits is not allowed.
Virtual Whole day: $300.00. Up to three programs plus virtual lunch with a small group of
Virtual One hour: $100.00 One program plus virtual lunch with small group of students
I offer two free 15-minute virtual visits per month and participate in free virtual visits for World
Read Aloud Day (WRAD) in February.
Jessica travels from her home near Hartford, Wisconsin.
Up to 1-hour drive - No travel fees
1.5-hour drive- $0.65/ mile (full day visit only)
1.5-hour or more - $0.65/mile plus lodging (full day visit only)
Libraries, homeschool groups, clubs, and after-school programs please inquire at
firstname.lastname@example.org for special rates and program options.
AUTHOR VISIT RESOURCES
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