Hello. Just want to let everyone know that I am always booking school visits.
I love meeting my readers. The hardest part of my job is working alone day after day. Being able to spend time in a school with hundreds of laughing students is always a joy, and a great way to remember why I do what I do!
My high-energy presentation focuses on the making of a book. I start with ideas, sketches and rough drafts then move onto re-writes and finally to the illustration process. I also do a live drawing demo for the students, and if there’s time, have the students draw along with me. I always end with a Q and A so the kids get a chance to ask me anything they want.
I stress the importance of writing and re-writing over and over until the work is the best it can be, and let the kids know that even a “pro” gets things wrong.
I have presented in single classrooms and in very large auditoriums, and feel comfortable talking to groups of any size.
I will gladly speak to any age group, but feel that my presentation is best for K-6. When speaking to older students, I essentially do the same talk, but I add more details, and sometimes discuss the frustrations and difficulties of making books.
I also have a presentation based on parody. I guide the students through the creation of modern parodies, discuss the “rules” of parody, and then we write and draw our own together. We also discuss how anyone can make something funny.
If you are interested in a visit, please contact me for rates and availability. I live in NJ, and have travelled to schools all across the country. If fees are a concern, I can offer discounted rates if multiple schools can be booked for visits.
I hope to hear from you!---Mike Rex